VERMILLION, S.D.—A home opener against UC Davis, early-season trips to Lawrence, Kan., and Flagstaff, Ariz., and five home games in seven weeks highlight University of South Dakota's 2013 football schedule released Thursday by head football coach Joe Glenn.
This fall's slate features 12 regular season games, six home and six away, nine of which are rematches from a year ago. With the exception of Southern Illinois, the Coyotes will play all members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC). In addition to UC Davis, non-conference opponents include Kansas, Northern Arizona and Montana.
"It will be great to play in front of the home fans six times," said Glenn. "We are really looking forward to opening at home against UC Davis. This is a competitive schedule and one that will have a great impact on our program."
Northern Arizona and Montana are two places Glenn has held coaching positions in the past. Glenn was the backfield coach in Flagstaff in 1975 before he received his first head coaching position at Doane College. He led Montana to a national championship in 2001 and a national runner-up finish in 2000.
USD and the Kansas Jayhawks will meet for the first time since 1900 on Sept. 7. The Coyotes open conference play at Western Illinois Sept. 28. DakotaDays occurs the following weekend, Oct. 5, against Missouri State.
South Dakota will honor its latest Hall of Fame class Oct. 12 before squaring off against Indiana State. A three-game home stand begins Nov. 2 against Youngstown State. South Dakota and in-state rival South Dakota State square off in the SD Corn Showdown Series Nov. 16 in what will be Senior Day in Vermillion.
A full look at the 2013 football schedule is show on the following page. Starting times will be announced at a later date.
South Dakota 2013 Football Schedule
Date Opponent Location Last Played Meeting
Aug. 31 UC Davis Vermillion, S.D. Oct. 22, 2011 Fifth
Sept. 7 Kansas Lawrence, Kan. 1900 Second
Sept. 21 Northern Arizona Flagstaff, Ariz. -- First
Sept. 28 Western Illinois Macomb, Ill. Oct. 6, 2012 Fourth
Oct. 5 Missouri State (HC) Vermillion, S.D. Oct. 13, 2012 Second
Oct. 12 Indiana State Vermillion, S.D. Oct. 27, 2012 Second
Oct. 19 Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa Nov. 10, 2012 44th
Oct. 26 Illinois State Normal, Ill. Sept. 29, 2012 Third
Nov. 2 Youngstown State Vermillion, S.D. Nov. 3, 2012 Second
Nov. 9 Montana Vermillion, S.D. Sept. 1, 2012 17th
Nov. 16 South Dakota State Vermillion, S.D. Nov. 17, 2012 107th
Nov. 23 North Dakota State Fargo, N.D. Oct. 20, 2012 78th
DakotaDays (Homecoming): Oct. 5 vs. Missouri State
Hall of Fame Weekend: Oct. 12 vs. Indiana State
Family Weekend: Nov. 2 vs. Youngstown State
SD Corn Showdown Series: Nov. 16 vs. South Dakota State