2. North Texas (Sept. 7): SMU holds a massive 31-6-1 lead in this all-time series, but UNT has had two very convincing wins over the Mustangs since the series resumed five years ago -- a 37-point win in 2014 and a 23-point victory last fall in Denton. And last year's 46-23 win by North Texas wasn't even as close as the final score indicated -- the Mean Green actually led 36-0 after three quarters and SMU scored 23 fourth-quarter points to make the final score a little more respectable.
3. Will SMU's transfer portal reliance pay off?
According to the 247Sports transfer portal database, SMU has brought in 16 transfers this offseason, most in the AAC. Houston (12) was the only other conference school to have double-digit transfers. Seventy-five percent of AAC schools brought in six or fewer transfers this offseason. While this is a great way to quickly improve the talent on SMU's roster, it's also a bit of a crapshoot when it comes to chemistry. Will new pieces fit well with old ones? Will players who were recruited out of high school feel slighted?
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February 2018 North Texas Signees
Tallahassee, Florida (Independence CC)
Humble, Texas (Atascocita HS)
Thomas Preston III
Mesa, Arizona (Scottsdale CC)
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (Broken Arrow HS)
Killeen, Texas (Ellison HS)
December 2017 North Texas Signees
Mansfield, Texas (Lake Ridge HS)
Conroe, Texas (Conroe HS)
Anna, Texas (Anna HS)
Kevyon "KD" Davis
Ennis, Texas (Ennis HS)
The Colony, Texas (The Colony HS)
Wylie, Texas (Wylie HS)
Lexington, Kentucky (Frederick Douglass HS)
Manvel, Texas (Manvel HS)
Mobile, Alabama (Butler CC)
Larry Nixon III
North Richland Hills, Texas (Richland HS)
Alief, Texas (Hastings HS)
Euless, Texas (Mt. San Antonio College)
Gautier, Mississippi (Gulf Coast JC)
Grand Prairie, Texas (Grand Prairie HS)
A school-record seven North Texas teams earned a perfect score for the 2017-18 academic year, according to the Academic Progress Rate report released by the NCAA Wednesday.
Since the NCAA began reporting APR data in 2005, North Texas has never more than six teams with a perfect score in one academic year.
Posting a perfect 1,000 for the 2017-18 season were men's golf, women's golf, men's cross country, women's basketball, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball. For men's and women's golf, women's basketball, and tennis, this was the seconded year in a row to report a perfect single-year score.
Of the 14 teams sponsored by North Texas, 12 improved their single-year score from the previous year.
"I'm very proud of our student-athletes for their many records and achievements this year," Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker said. "We take the greatest pride in their academic success which is reflective of the dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and academic staff. Collectively with the support of our donors and fans, we will continue to build champions and prepare leaders."
In the multiyear APR data, eight UNT teams maintained or improved their score from last year's report. The multiyear scores cover a four-year period beginning in the 2014-15 academic year and ending in 2017-18. The NCAA mandates a four-year aggregate score of 900 as acceptable for each sport. The Mean Green tennis team has maintained a perfect 1,000 multiyear score to lead the way, and earn public recognition by the NCAA for being in the top-10 percent nationally.
To see how each Mean Green team performed in the APR, find the full report by clicking the link below.
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