Mike Hlas is an award-winning columnist with the Cedar Rapids Gazette and force behind The Hlog. Each week he will break down the biggest mismatches in college football. Considering the increasing number of Bowl Championship Series teams scheduling games against cupcake opponents, Mike's task is more complex than choosing paper or plastic in the grocery checkout line.
Besides frightening those living along or near the Texas gulf coast, Ike dodged Louisiana. That's great on a humanitarian level for the much-plagued people of Louisiana, but it means the North Texas-LSU game will go on as scheduled Saturday night in Baton Rouge.
The Mean (?) Green of North Texas have been caught in too many deluges of their own under second-year coach Todd Dodge. They went 2-10 last season, featuring the very worst defense in all of Division I-A.
Last year the Mean (?) Green opened their season with a 79-7 loss at Oklahoma. They left Arkansas with a 66-7 defeat. They gave Navy a game — at least on one side of the ball — before dropping a 74-62 decision. Navy's 3-point shooting must have been better.
The Mean (?) Green hit their stride right away this season with a 45-6 road loss to Kansas State and a 56-26 home drubbing courtesy of Tulsa. North Texas has been outscored 70-10 in first-half play.
So now the Mean (?) Green are going to play the defending national champions, an LSU team that had last week off because Hurricane Gustav forced a postponement of its game against Troy.
LSU: Rested, at home in Death Valley, and in a night game. That's poison for a good opponent, let alone one as feeble as the Mean (?) Green.
Oh, these two programs do have history. They've met twice. The cumulative score: LSU 108, North Texas 3.
No, there won't be a hurricane in Baton Rouge Saturday night. An avalanche, yes.