|North Texas Mean Green|
|Established in 1901|
|UNT Green, White, and black|
|CFP National Championships|
The University of North Texas opened in 1890, but nobody cared until their football program started in 1913, and for over 100 years that they played football, they have won only 3 more games than they've lost in that time. So, in 2017, when the NFCAA started, the Athletic Director wanted to scrap the entire program and start anew in this league that was going to take off. And so, the North Texas Mean Green were truly born.
The NFCAA officially kicked off in January 2018, and North Texas started their season in London as they faced the Akron Zips. The Mean Green would win the game handily 37-12. Week 1 took a long time to finish as the league was still in its infancy, with everybody working together to figure out what works and what doesn't. By week 2, RefBot went live, and this was a revelation for the league as games were finished at an amazingly accelerated rate. But week 2 was not kind to UNT, as they suffered a heartbreaking loss to a well-coached South Alabama team by a score of 41-39. Coach Johnny B. Goode looked back at that game as the turning point of the season. The next week, UNT beat everyone's favorite meme coach Too Much Sauce and his Colorado squad 27-13. Then a matchup with #8 (at the time) Arizona, coached by one of the Vice Presidents of the NFCAA Babatunde Oladotun. North Texas got out to an amazing start, and the fake cfb community was in shock as to how much the Mean Green were winning by. However, Arizona didn't become the 8th ranked team (at the time) by rolling over and dying. They came out hot in the 2nd half, and were a missed 2-point conversion from tying the game in the final minute. North Texas hung on 29-27, and, due to a bet made by both coaches, Oladotun made this song. North Texas football had made a statement on a national stage, and they weren't going away.
Week 5 was the start of conference play in Conference USA, and North Texas went up against the FAU Owls, whom they defeated rather easily by a score of 36-14. The following week North Texas had climbed to #11 in the polls and played in-state conference-mate Rice, whose mascot also happened to be an owl. And just like the FAU Owls, the Rice Owls were no match for UNT as the game ended in the Mean Green's favor 43-20. After this week, UNT finally cracked the top 10, being ranked 7th in the coaches poll. But their next opponent, Louisiana Tech, came out and punched North Texas in the mouth, grabbing a 14-7 lead after one quarter. They led 24-21 late in the 4th, where UNT faced a 4th & Goal from the 3 with under 4 to play. Coach Goode went for it, and they got the touchdown. UNT hung on 28-24. The Mean Green stayed at #7, but they had a huge match-up with UAB in week 8. UAB wasn't ranked at the time but they easily could have been. It was 13-10 in favor of UNT at halftime, and that ended up being the final score as well. North Texas got the ball at their own 7 with 47 seconds left in the 3rd, and had possession until the clock read all zeroes... at the end of the 4th. "Football as it was meant to be played" Coach Goode remarked after the game.
UNT would move up to #4 in the rankings, with many believing that if the Mean Green were to win out they could snag the #1 seed in the playoffs. However, the Charlotte 49ers had other plans. Charlotte lead 20-10 in the 4th, and after a failed UNT onside kick, the 49ers came out with a 20-17 victory. The loss would be just the 2nd of the year for the Mean Green, but it meant that they would have to win every single game from here on out to even get a chance at the playoffs. They fell to #15 in the rankings, and had to face a fairly decent Southern Miss squad. North Texas controlled the game early, but Southern Miss took a 24-21 lead early in the 4th. North Texas completed a 59-yard touchdown pass to take the 28-24 lead, and one defensive stop later was able to seal the victory. At this point UNT was 8-2 and winning out meant they would get to play in the C-USA championship. The following week they got an easy 35-21 victory over UTSA and conference commissioner zenverak, which set up a pseudo-divisional championship between UNT and the UTEP Miners. A pick-6 by UTEP put them up 14-0 in the 2nd, and they looked to be in the driver's seat. UNT would score just before halftime to trim the lead to 7. Then, in the 3rd quarter, UNT completed a 39-yard pass to tie the game, and with 1 minute remaining in the game Hell Yeah! scored on an 18-yard run to put the Mean Green in the lead for good. They won 21-14 and guaranteed themselves a spot in the C-USA championship against Marshall.
The C-USA Championship game was hyped as a play-in game of sorts for whichever team could pull of the victory. Unfortunately, Marshall came to play and the North Texas Mean Green did not, as the Herd won the game easily 21-6 and claimed the conference championship. Marshall would get in the playoffs as the 7 seed and they actually ran the table to claim the first ever NFCAA Championship. UNT was still excited to be playing in the Cotton Bowl game against Appalachian State. Coach Goode was unable to attend due to personal reasons, and the Mean Green were barely able to win 36-35, an amazing end to an amazing season.
UNT currently runs a pro-style offense and a 4-3 defense.
|2||vs||South Alabama||L 41-39|
|7||@||Louisiana Tech||W 28-24|
|10||vs||Southern Miss||W 28-24|
|C-USA Championship||vs||Marshall||L 21-6|
|Cotton Bowl||vs||Appalachian State||W 36-35|
|5||Ricky "The Rickster" Shaw||QB||Rs Sr|
|22||Tony Franza||HB||Rs Fr|
|79||William "Free" Willy||LG||Jr|
|77||Frank "The Tank" Wilson||RG||Sr|
|67||Griffin Griffins||RT||Rs Fr|
|88||Dale "The Snail" Smithson||WR||So|
|18||Barry Bee||WR||Rs Jr|
|99||Lawrence "Buffet Killer" Skrillet||LE||So|
|97||Ed Thurgood||DT||Rs So|
|90||Shea "T-1000" O'Connor||RE||Sr|
|51||Justin Rattles||ROLB||Rs Sr|
|32||Troy "Head In The Game" Bolton||CB||Rs Jr|
|39||Reginald Oxford V||FS||Rs Jr|
|30||LaKendrick Menards||SS||Rs So|
|7||Johnny "Python" Zurich||P||Sr|
|88||Dale "The Snail" Smithson||KR||So|
|39||Reginald Oxford V||PR||Rs Jr|