UNT gets ESPN audience for 2012 home game

North Texas's football team will appear either on ESPN or ESPN2 for a midweek contest against Louisiana-Lafeyette on Oct. 16 at Apogee Stadium.

UNT, which released its 2012 football schedule Thursday, opens the season Sept. 1 at national runner-up LSU. The Mean Green's home opener comes a week later against Texas Southern. Road games against Kansas State and Houston round out the schedule.

Troy's visit Sept. 22 marks the start of UNT's Sun Belt slate. With the addition of South Alabama to the conference schedule, the Mean Green will not play Florida International in 2012.

Five of UNT's 12 opponents played in bowl games last season.

The ESPN date against ULL gives UNT an opportunity to feature Apogee Stadium on a national stage. The facility opened last September, replacing Fouts Field.