FB North Texas at SMU 2017 Preview

North Texas and SMU look to meet up for the 37th time this Saturday evening in Dallas, TX at Ford Stadium at 6:00 PM. SMU leads the series 30-5-1 going back to 1922 according to CFBInfo. However, when going back to 1989, SMU only leads the series 5-3 and the home team is 7-1. An interesting fact in this series is that the last time North Texas defeated SMU on the road was in 1933 under Jack Sisco.

 North Texas versus SMU – 1989 to 2016
Date Away Team Score Home Team Location
Sat, September 3, 2016 SMU 34 – 21 North Texas Denton, TX
Sat, September 12, 2015 North Texas 13 – 31 SMU Dallas, TX
Sat, September 6, 2014 SMU 6 – 43 North Texas Denton, TX
Sat, September 8, 2007 North Texas 31 – 45 SMU Dallas, TX
Sat, September 9, 2006 SMU 6 – 24 North Texas Denton, TX
Sat, September 12, 1992 North Texas 14 – 28 SMU Dallas, TX
Sat, October 6, 1990 SMU 7 – 14 North Texas Denton, TX
Sat, October 28, 1989 North Texas 9 – 35 SMU Dallas, TX

This will be an interesting game between the two schools in that SMU defeated the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks by a similar score of 58-14. Both teams put up really good numbers against their respective opponents so it is challenging to give a non-biased opinion on the two teams.

Something to keep in mind for those attending the game is that SMU has a “Clear Bag Policy“. Please read up on this policy before leaving for the game so that you are not surprised when you are not allowed to enter the stadium with items that are generally allowed at Apogee Stadium.

University of North Texas Vitals (1-0 0-0)

First season 1913
Head coach Seth Littrell
2nd season, 6–8 (.429)
Location Denton, Texas
Conference Conference USA
Division West
All-time record 499–497–33 (.501)
Bowl record 3–6 (.333)
Conference titles 24

Southern Methodist University Vitals (1-0 0-0)

First season 1915, 1989
Athletic director Rick Hart
Head coach Chad Morris
3rd season, 7–17 (.292)
Stadium Gerald J. Ford Stadium
(Capacity: 32,000 +)
Year built 2000
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Dallas, Texas
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference The American
Division West
Past conferences TIAA (1915–17)
SWC (1918–95)
WAC (1996–2004)
C-USA (2005–12)
All-time record 477–522–54 (.479)
Bowl record 7–7–1 (.500)
Conference titles 11 (SWC)


Advantage: North Texas. The Mean Green posted a team best 668 total yards with 451 yards coming by the ground and 232 by air. Expect a healthy dose of running from a trio of running backs — Jeffery WilsonNic Smith, and Evan Johnson. Mason Fine did what was expected in finishing the game at 15-21-0 for 224 yards and 3 touchdowns. SMU also put up some good numbers: 465 total yards with 243 yards by ground and 222 yards through the air.

SMU’s starting quarterback Ben Hicks (Sophomore) isn’t as mobile as Mason Fine as he has a negative rushing total (-83 yards). Unfortunately, SMU website does not list Sacks against the QB so it’s tough to tell how many times Hicks was sacked last season.


Advantage: SMU. The Mustangs did a better job of preventing the big plays that North Texas allowed. SMU also scored a touchdown on an interception. SMU allowed fewer total yards (219), passing yards (144) and rushing yards (75). There are still a few questions over how solid the receiving corp is for North Texas plus neither of the quarterbacks had a stellar showing with only 24 passes attempted against Lamar.

The North Texas defense will have its work cut out as Courtland Sutton (Junior) is a beast of a receiver as he has averaged more than 10 yards per catch and pulled in 100+ yards per game last season. Don’t be shocked to see him suiting up for an NFL team in a few years.

Special Teams

Advantage: SMU. North Texas had a few missteps (fumbled punt return leading to a touchdown) in its home opener against the Lamar Cardinals and SMU had, from a statistical standpoint, perfect special teams game. North Texas needs to eliminate the errors from the previous game plus shore up some


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