Today, North Texas and Conference USA jointly announced the 2019 Football schedule. Click here for the full schedule. Times have not been set and exact dates could be shifted slightly to accommodate broadcast media. Last year the final schedule was set around the beginning of June. You can read the Denton Record Chronicle news article here highlighting the upcoming season.
An interesting note regarding the 2019 schedule is that there are two bye weeks this year. North Texas will get a bye in weeks 6 (October 5th) and 12 (November 16th). These seem like they have been put into advantageous spots for the Mean Green as these will be before traveling to Southern Miss (and after Houston) and before traveling to Rice (and after Louisiana Tech).
Everyone that plays 12 games gets 2 bye weeks in 2019 just due to the way the calendar falls. Next season for 2 byes will be 2024 and 2025
— FBSchedules.com (@FBSchedules) January 10, 2019
Some weekends of note are the Texas/OU game is set for Oct. 12th, which is when the Mean Green will travel to face off against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. Also, North Texas will face off against the UAB Blazers on Thanksgiving weekend in Apogee Stadium. This game has the markings to possibly be where the winner takes the Western Division crown.
As best as this blog can tell, North Texas will face off against two opponents it has never clashed with on the gridiron — at California and at Charlotte. North Texas will play the California Golden Bears on Sept. 14th and the Charlotte 49ers on Oct. 26th.
September has three home games; October has one home game; and November has two home games. The game against the SMU Mustangs on Sept. 7th is in Dallas and provides a great opportunity for a large contingent of fans to attend the game, in part because SMU has traditionally struggled to fill its stadium with its own fans. The match-up against Rice on Nov. 23rd is another great chance for Mean Green fans to travel in large numbers a reasonable distance to watch another away game.
Perhaps the most overlooked statement in the North Texas press release is that “Littrell will attempt to be the first coach in school history to win at least nine games in three consecutive seasons.” The fact this feat has never been accomplished shows how little success North Texas has had historically and the great things Seth Littrell has done and is doing for this program.
In Other News
Jalen Guyton has declared for the draft and is as such is leaving the program. In his two years at North Texas, Guyton was the number 2 receiver (based on avg yds/game) for the 2018 season with 805 yards on 54 catches and 6 touchdowns. In 2017, he was number 1 receiver with 775 yards on 49 catches and 9 touchdowns.
— Jalen Guyton (@_dreamjg) January 10, 2019