Last month, Dixie State State University announced that they are moving their football program from Division II up to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
Dixie State University, located in St. George, Utah, will begin competing as an FCS Independent beginning with the 2020 season. As a result, the Trailblazers have been busy adding opponents to their future football schedules.
Shortly after their FCS announcement, Dixie State added future games against three Big Sky teams. The Trailblazers scheduled three games with Southern Utah (2020, 2022, and 2024), three games with Weber State (2020-22), and six games with Northern Arizona (2023-28).
Then earlier this month, Sacramento State announced a home-and-home series with Dixie State. The two schools will meet in Sacramento in 2020 and in St. George in 2021.
Dixie State has now scheduled future games against an additional eight opponents, including BYU and Colorado State, according to copies of contracts obtained from Dixie State University via a state Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA) request.
Below are the 10 new opponents Dixie State has scheduled with details on each game and/or series:
Dixie State will travel to play the BYU Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah, on Nov. 12, 2022. The Cougars will pay the Trailblazers a $425,000 guarantee for the game.
Dixie State will play the Colorado State Rams in Fort Collins on Sept. 30, 2023 and DSU will receive a $400,000 guarantee.
Dixie State will host the Azusa Pacific Cougars, a Division II team, at Trailblazer Stadium in St. George on Oct. 24, 2020. DSU will pay APU a $25,000 guarantee.
The Trailblazers will travel to take on the Illinois State Redbirds on Nov. 21, 2020. DSU will receive a $85,000 guarantee.
Dixie State and Missouri State will play a home-and-home series. The series will be played at Dixie State on Nov. 20, 2021 and at Missouri State on Sept. 23, 2023.
Dixie State will play a total of four games against the Montana Grizzlies. The series will open at Montana on Sept. 25, 2021 before shifting to St. George on Sept. 9, 2023.
The Trailblazers will then travel to face Montana on Sept. 5, 2026 and again on Sept. 18, 2027. DSU will receive a guarantee of $260,000 for the 2027 matchup only.
Dixie State and Montana State will play a three-game series. The Trailblazers will travel to play Montana State on Sept. 19, 2020 ($80,000 guarantee) and then again on Sept. 2, 2023. DSU will host Montana State in St. George on Aug. 31, 2024.
South Dakota State
Dixie State will play a single game at the South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Nov. 14, 2020. The Trailblazers will receive a $200,000 guarantee for the game.
South Dakota School of Mines
The South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers (Division II school) will visit Trailblazer Stadium on Sept. 12, 2020. Dixie State will pay the Hardrockers a $45,000 guarantee for the contest.
Dixie State and UC Davis have scheduled a three-game football series. The Trailblazers will travel to play UC Davis on Sept. 18, 2021 and then again three seasons later on Sept. 21, 2024. DSU will receive a $60,000 guarantee for the 2024 contest only.
The series will conclude with the UC Davis Aggies visiting Trailblazer Stadium on Aug. 30, 2025.
- Dixie State and Weber State previously announced a three-game series for 2020 through 2022, but exact dates for games in 2021 and 2022 were to be announced. Those dates are now set for Sept. 11, 2021 at Dixie State and Sept. 17, 2022 at Weber State.Weber State will pay Dixie State a $30,000 guarantee for the 2020 contest only.
- Dixie State and Southern Utah previously announced a three-game series for 2020 and 2022 at SUU and 2024 at DSU. Southern Utah will pay DSU a $25,000 guarantee for the game in 2020 only.