Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the North Texas Mean Green season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: North Texas Mean Green
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– North Texas Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
It’s almost the perfect situation for a young head coach.
You know the old cliché about how a coach loves to get the win, but the outcome is closer than it should’ve been, so he gets the victory but still gets to yell at/motivate his team?
North Texas head man Seth Littrell got the overall win last season with a nine-win campaign, but he still has a couple of carrots at the end of the stick to dangle out there.
North Texas football was miserable.
There was a 9-4 aberration in 2013, but that was the only winning season from 2005 to 2016. Littrell took over two years ago and got the program to a bowl game – thanks to the high APR score – but finished 5-8.
That was a young team with a fun offense and no defense. Last year’s team had a great offense and no defense, and it worked. He’s basically creating Texas Tech, right down to former Red Raider star QB Graham Harrell as the offensive coordinator.
After so many years of frustration, the Mean Green came up with a nine-win season with a shot at the Conference USA title, but the defense left the building for the rematch of a regular season game against Florida Atlantic – the Owls hung up 110 points in the two wins – followed up by a 50-30 blowout loss to Troy in the New Orleans Bowl.
Littrell gets to pump up a fantastic year and the success of a program on the rise, but he also gets to keep the wounds open from the ugly late season losses.
And he has the veteran team able to do something about it right away.
Forgetting that almost all of the tough games on the schedule are at home – including against Florida Atlantic – this team should be good enough to win just about anywhere, with 19 starters back including almost everyone involved in the high-powered passing attack.
QB Mason Fine leads one of the nation’s best air shows, with a whole host of great receivers back to keep it all going. Nine starters return on the offensive side, with the one key loss – RB Jeffery Wilson – replaced by a good rotation.
The defense is going to keep being a problem, but eight starters are back. There has to be more big plays from the secondary, more of a pass rush, and more stops against the decent running teams, but as long as it’s able to hold its own and let the offense do all the work, everything should be fine.
Littrell is an interesting part of the puzzle, too. Just 40 going into the season, he’s a young, dynamic head coach who might need a little defensive luck at some point, but he’s got a great team returning with a favorable schedule playing a fun brand of football. Coaches like that tend to be up for bigger jobs.
North Texas is in for another big season. And this time, it should end a whole lot better.