North Texas will face five teams that played in a bowl games this season and six Texas teams in Seth Littrell’s fourth year as the Mean Green’s coach.
UNT’s schedule was released Thursday in conjunction with Conference USA unveiling the full league slate for 2019.
The Mean Green will take on defending C-USA East Division champion Middle Tennessee at Apogee Stadium on Oct. 19. California, Houston, Louisiana Tech and UAB also played in bowl games this season and are on the Mean Green’s schedule for 2019.
UNT will take on defendingWest Division champion UAB at Apogee in its regular-season finale Nov. 30.
“This schedule provides a good test for where we are as a program,” Littrell said. “Facing the returning Conference USA East and West division champions from last season as well as two bowl teams in nonconference will be a challenge that I know this team will look forward to. It’s also a great schedule for our fans, with three home games in the first five weeks.”
UNT finished 9-4 after falling to Utah State in the New Mexico Bowl. The Mean Green have won nine games in each of the last two years, the program’s best stretch since winning 19 games in a two-year span under Hayden Fry in 1977-78.
The Mean Green will open the season at home against Abilene Christian on Aug. 31 before traveling to traditional rival SMU on Sept. 7. UNT will head to Cal for the teams’ first meeting Sept. 14.
UNT will open C-USA play Sept. 21 at home against rival Texas-San Antonio. The Mean Green will host Houston the following week.
Houston last played in Denton in 2011, when the Cougars faced the Mean Green in the first game at Apogee.
The Mean Green will face Louisiana Tech and UAB in the final month of the regular season — a series of games that could loom large in the race for the West Division title.
The three teams have combined to win the division in each of the last three years and four of the last five.
UNT will travel to Louisiana Tech on Nov. 9 before facing UAB.
The Mean Green’s fifth game against a Texas team will be played Nov. 23 at Rice.