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C-USA Breakdown: UNT football up for challenge

C-USA Breakdown: UNT football up for challenge

C-USA Breakdown: UNT football up for challenge
August 28
08:57 2013

Brett Medeiros / Senior Staff Writer

This season, UNT is one of seven teams that will be joining Conference USA. Over the
past four seasons, there has been a different C-USA overall champion every year.

The competition in the new conference is very high compared to the Sun Belt. Last year, the
Conference USA standings had three teams at the top of the conference standing with a 7-1
record. The Sun Belt had just one team finish with seven conference wins.

“It’ll be fun playing new teams week in and week out this year,” senior wide receiver Brelan
Chancellor said. “They haven’t seen us and we haven’t seen them so it’ll be some good
matchups.”

The toughest teams in the conference are the University of Tulsa, who finished with an 11-3
record overall and 7-1 in conference play, and East Carolina University (8-5, 7-1).

At the bottom are teams like University of Texas-El Paso (3-9, 2-6), the University of
Southern Mississippi (0-12, 0-8) and Tulane University (2-10, 2-6). All three teams are on
the UNT schedule for this season.

Graphic By Nicole Arnold / Visuals Editor

Above statistics are from the 2012 conference season. 

The biggest opportunity for the Mean Green in Cconference USA is the bowl opportunities.
Starting in 2014 Conference USA will have six primary bowl games including two brand new
bowl deals played in Boca Raton and the Bahamas. The opponent for C-USA in those
bowls would likely be a team from the Mid-American or Mountain West
conferences.

“Conference USA just has tremendous respect from the rest of the nation because of what
the teams have been able to accomplish in recent years,” head coach Dan McCarney said. “These are outstanding bowl tie-ins, so the opportunities for exposure and rewards at the end of the season that are enhanced by Conference USA. We are so proud to be a part of it.”

Teams in the conference that have the UNT players itching to play includes
UTEP, Rice University and University of Texas-San Antonio because of in-state rivalry
implications and taking the field with some old friends.

“On each Texas team I know somebody on the teams from either playing with them or against
them in high school,” senior linebacker Zach Orr said. “When you have in-state teams that have
to play each other every year, a rivalry has no chance but to start and it will be great for this
program to have something like that.”

Conference play for the Mean Green starts Nov. 5 against Tulane

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