The North Texas Mean Green and the SMU Mustangs have extended their future football series through the 2021 season, both schools announced on Monday.
North Texas will host SMU at Apogee Stadium in Denton on Sept. 1, 2018 and Sept. 5, 2020. The Mean Green will travel to face the Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas on Sept. 7, 2019 and Sept. 11, 2021.
Today’s announcement appears to have signaled the execution of the contract. Back in 2013, North Texas published the dates of future games with SMU through 2025 in their Spring Prospectus. The four dates announced today were included.
The North Texas-SMU series, dubbed the “Safeway Bowl,” continues this season in Dallas on Saturday, Sept. 9. Next season, the two teams are scheduled to open the season in Denton on Saturday, Sept. 1.
According to The Dallas Morning News, the name “Safeway Bowl” was created in 1994 after then North Texas head coach Matt Simon became frustrated trying to schedule SMU. “I’d like to play because I think we could beat them, and my players feel the same way. If they’d like to play on a Safeway parking lot … just give us a date and time.”