Frisco Football Classic: Starting 1-6, North Texas Green Machine takes 5-1 hot streak into today’s matchup with Miami Ohio

The Mean Green earn 13th bowl berth in program history

DENTON, Texas – North Texas football has accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural Frisco Football Classic in Frisco, Texas, and will face Miami (Ohio) from the Mid-American Conference. The game will be played on December 23 at 2:30 pm CT at Toyota Stadium. It will be broadcast by ESPN.
 
“This is a great reward for our players and all they accomplished this season,” head coach Seth Littrell said. “We are excited for this chance nearby in Frisco to compete in front of our fans again, especially against a talented Miami team. We look forward to getting to work.”
 
UNT won its last five regular season games to finish 6-6 and secure bowl eligibility for the fifth time in six seasons under Littrell. It will be UNT’s 13th bowl appearance all-time. The Mean Green has a 3-9 record in postseason bowl games.
 
“We are honored to be selected to play in the Frisco Football Classic,” Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics and Director of Athletics Wren Baker said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our fans to show the country what makes the Mean Green Family special with a big turnout for a game in our backyard, and a chance for our program to continue building on its strong finish to the season.”

The leader of the Mean Green defense is LB KD Davis (courtesy North Texas Athletics)

“We are thrilled to announce the inaugural Frisco Football Classic Bowl between Miami (Ohio) and North Texas, accomplished programs from the Mid-American Conference and Conference USA, respectively,” Frisco Football Classic executive director Sean Johnson said. “We are excited to welcome the teams and their enthusiastic fan bases to Frisco, Texas.”
 
The Mean Green are playing in their fifth bowl all-time in the state of Texas after trips to the 1946 Optimist Bowl (Houston), 1959 Sun Bowl (El Paso) and visits to the Heart of Dallas Bowl in 2014 and 2016.
 
Miami (Ohio) posted a 6-6 record in 2021, including a 5-3 mark in MAC play. The two programs have never met. UNT is 3-5 all-time against MAC opponents with the most recent matchup a 34-27 win over Ball State at Apogee Stadium in 2013.

Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX. 2019 photo. By Flavius Constantine – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

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