- Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

SMU (0-1) at North Texas (0-1), 11 a.m. CT Saturday (FSN)

Line: North Texas by 3

Series Record: SMU leads 28-4-1

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The first offensive touchdown of season for either Texas team after both were held under 100 total yards in season-opening road losses to other Texas schools. SMU lost 45-0 at Big 12 champion Baylor with only 67 total yards in its most lopsided shutout loss since 1960 vs. Rice (47-0). North Texas had 94 total yards in a 38-7 loss at Texas, when the Mean Green’s only TD came on an interception return.

KEY MATCHUP

The quarterbacks, as in which will take charge after horrible openers. SMU used three QBs in opener, when Neal Burcham, Matt Davis and Kolney Cassel were sacked combined nine times while going 21-of-41 for only 91 yards. Davis had interception after throwing across field while scrambling away from another likely sack. Josh Greer, UNT’s new starter, and Andrew McNulty were a combined 3-for-17 for 15 yards with four sacks, and both threw two interceptions in Austin.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

SMU: Sophomore DBs Ajee Montes and Darrion Richardson both had six solo tackles and pass breakup in opener. Montes also recovered fumble.

North Texas: Senior S Sheldon Wade had career-high nine tackles in season opener, his first career start.

FACTS & FIGURES

North Texas will try to get to 1-1 for the third straight season, which would be first time since 1990-92 to be .500 or better through first two games three years in a row. … SMU has never been 0-2 in coach June Jones’ seven seasons, not even during his 1-11 debut in 2008 when the only victory came in the second game. … Eight years ago, North Texas opened the season with loss at Texas, and then went home to beat SMU. … The home team has won last 10 games in series, dating to 1977.

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