Official: UNT vs UNLV Heart of Dallas Bowl Jan 1 2014

IT IS OFFICIAL!! We are going bowling ya’ll. Today North Texas officially accepted an invite to the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

What is it? Well here are the details:

Date and Time: Jan. 1, 11 a.m. CST

TV: ESPNU

Location: Fair Park, Dallas

Stadium: Cotton Bowl

It pretty much replaced the Cotton Bowl Classic once that bowl moved over to Cowboys/AT&T Stadium in 2011. It is presented by PlainsCapital Bank which formerly sponsored the Armed Forces Bowl held at Amon G. Carter. So yay? In the three short years of existence it has been known as the Dallas Football Classic, The TicketCity Bowl, and the PlainsCapital Heart of Dallas Bowl.

I have never seen North Texas in a Bowl Game. Likely, a good number of you readers are in same situation. Well, what better way to kick off the new era of bowl-attendance than at the Cotton Bowl? Until Jerry built the death star, it was the crown jewel of the Metroplex, with the most history, the best games, and the biggest names. It isn’t nearly the place it was in it’s heyday, when they had to add sections to it for the throngs of folks looking to see Doak Walker do his thing. Still, it is an historic place and it means something to have the Mean Green play there on a New Year’s Day Bowl.

Here is the entire history of competition there:

Date played Winning team Losing team MVP
January 1, 2011 Texas Tech 45 Northwestern 38 Taylor Potts
January 2, 2012 Houston 30 Penn State 14 Case Keenum
January 1, 2013 Oklahoma State 58 Purdue 14 Clint Chelf

This won’t be the first time North Texas has played in the Cotton Bowl. It will be the first time since 1981, and fourth time since 1971. We are winless there. This is also not the first New Year’s Day Bowl. We played at the Salad Bowl in 1948. Woot.