Mid-Season Report: North Texas

What if I told you that the good times don't last forever? Or rather they don't last longer that 18 months. The thrills of the 2013 season, with bowl wins and conference title aspirations are gone. So is Dan McCarney. So is hope. Let's look back at the first half of 2015.

FIRST HALF MVP: Carlos Harris

Harris is on pace for 80 catches, over 1,000 yards, and 12 TDs. He should be getting a medal for doing that with the quarterback talent North Texas has trotted out. Harris hasn't complained, but instead has kept his head down and done a stellar job in a tough situation. Here's hoping the senior from Frisco can get some looks from the NFL for his trouble. 

Best Win: Hmmmm...

Let's just skip to the next one. 

Worst Loss: Portland State

Does it get worse that a loss at home to an FCS team by 60? Oh wait, it was homecoming? Never mind, it doesn't get worse. The loss inspired a coaching change and a quarterback switch. It also may have inspired UNT to get rid of AD Rick Villarreal as well. 

What Now?

Rogelio V. Solis AP

Rogelio V. Solis AP

We've seen what Andrew McNulty can do. What he can do is not something we need to see anymore of. 46% completion percentage, 5 yards a catch, 3 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions.

Get DeMarcus Smith some playing time. Mike Canales seems more open to this than the previous regime. The move paid off initially, Smith ran for over 100 yards against Western Kentucky. While he might not be a seasoned passer, maybe he's enough of a dual threat to make up for it. 

Either way, figure out whether Smith is your quarterback of the future. We know McNulty isn't that guy. 

And this should go without saying but come on. Just win a game. Don't be that team that went 0-12 and lost by 60 to an FBS school. At this point your best options are UTSA in a couple of weeks and UTEP to end the season. We never advocate taking a dive, but feel free to put all your efforts into those two showdowns. Both are home, both are terrible, and both have run out of things to play for, or at least will have by then.


Posted on October 20, 2015 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.