DALLAS (AP) - North Texas is going to its first bowl game since 2004, accepting an invitation Sunday to play in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
The Mean Green's opponent for the New Year's Day game at the Cotton Bowl stadium was to be announced Sunday night.
While the Mean Green fill the Conference USA spot, the other slot is for a Big Ten team. That league may not have enough teams to fulfill that commitment if it sends two teams to the Bowl Championship Series.
North Texas (8-4) has won six of its last seven games in its 100th anniversary season of football. The bowl comes in the third season under coach Dan McCarney, who took over a program that had gone 13-58 the six seasons before he arrived.