Jackrabbits add Western Oregon, complete 2023 football schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits have added the Western Oregon Wolves to their 2023 football schedule, the school announced on Wednesday.

South Dakota State will host Western Oregon at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium in Brookings, S.D., on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023. The game will be the season-opener for both schools and will mark their third meeting on the gridiron.

Western Oregon is a member of the Lone Star Conference (LSC) in Division II. The Wolves finished the 2022 season 6-5 overall and 5-4 in LSC play.

In other non-conference action in 2023, South Dakota State will host the Montana State Bobcats on Saturday, Sept. 9 in Brookings and will face the Drake Bulldogs on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn.

The announcement of South Dakota State’s game against Western Oregon completes their 2023 football schedule. The Jackrabbits open Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) action on Sept. 30 at home against North Dakota.

Other MVFC foes scheduled to visit Brookings in 2023 include Northern Iowa on Oct. 14, North Dakota State on Nov. 4, and Missouri State on Nov. 18.

South Dakota State will travel to take on MVFC foes Illinois State on Oct. 7, Southern Illinois on Oct. 21, South Dakota on Oct. 28, and Youngstown State on Nov. 11.

Below is South Dakota State’s complete schedule for the 2023 season, plus a link to their schedule page which will be updated with kickoff times and TV as they are announced:

2023 South Dakota State Football Schedule

  • 09/02 – Western Oregon
  • 09/09 – Montana State
  • 09/16 – Drake (in Minneapolis)
  • 09/23 – OFF
  • 09/30 – North Dakota
  • 10/07 – at Illinois State
  • 10/14 – Northern Iowa
  • 10/21 – at Southern Illinois
  • 10/28 – at South Dakota
  • 11/04 – North Dakota State
  • 11/10 – at Youngstown State
  • 11/18 – Missouri State

* MVFC contest.

South Dakota State won the Division I Football Championship last season after defeating North Dakota State 45-21. After 26 seasons as the head man, John Stiegelmeier retired following the championship win. He was replaced as head coach by defensive coordinator Jimmy Rogers.

Comments (5)

SDSU and NDSU should always be the last game of the season, like lots of P5 and G5 rivalries do.

I thought SDSU would have scheduled Marshall, the last remaining FBS team with a non-conference opening. It would have been a good test for them as reigning FCS champs. They decided to schedule a D2 school instead.
I predict that Marshall will schedule either NC Central or Duquesne as their final non-conference game, although it remains to be seen.

Breaking in a new Coach & Assistants after the previous Coach has established a 2022 National Championship & National runner 🏃‍♂️ Up in 2020 CovidYear is already a daunting Task for any Coach.

How many Coaches have been =ly successful to their 26 Year Predecessor’s Fans expectations for the new Year?

If You look this up, there are “hardly ever” Models galore.

Because the MVFootballC is the undisputed “63 Scholarship” Conference of Champions because of NDSU [ unlike the PAC8-10-12-10] SDSU Jacks don’t “have to” schedule D1A.

You could research my statement by checking the 🏈 Records about this Claim too.

I was thinking, I wonder if SDSU & NDSU would consider moving up to FBS soon?
They could probably join the Mountain West as football-only members, and could potentially replace San Diego State if they leave for the Pac-12.

John Stiegelmeier,
Congratulations on your longevity @ SDSU Jacks.
Enjoy your next Chapter of Life.

I am rooting for the new Coach, Jimmy Rogers to be better than the individual Winning head Coach @ NDSU Bison.