The Missouri State Bears have announced a revised 2020 non-conference football schedule, which includes three contests.
Missouri State’s non-conference schedule for the 2020 season will begin with a trip to take on the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, Sept. 12, which was previously announced. The Bears are set to receive a $600,000 guarantee for the contest, according to the copy of the contract we obtained in a past public records request.
Missouri State’s two other non-conference games will be against the Central Arkansas Bears in an in-season home-and-home series. Missouri State will travel to play Central Arkansas at Estes Stadium in Conway, Ark., on Sept. 26 before hosting the Bears for Homecoming on Oct. 17 at Robert W. Plaster Stadium in Springfield, Mo.
Both Missouri State-Central Arkansas games will kick off at 8:00pm ET/7:00pm CT.
The Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC), of which Missouri State is a member, is allowing its schools to play non-conference games this fall. Their conference schedule has been postponed to spring due to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes was paramount throughout this process,” said Missouri State University Director of Athletics Kyle Moats. “I appreciate the fact that the Big XII has appropriately made every opportunity for our student-athletes to participate and provided safety and health protocols for teams to adhere to. I can’t thank Joe Castiglione and his staff enough for their transparency, communication and friendship during this time. We look forward to playing Oklahoma on Sept. 12.
“I also want to thank Brad Teague at UCA for his willingness to play home and home in the same year. Their proximity made perfect sense for us to play, and it allows us to be fiscally responsible while adhering to the NCAA guidelines. I’m especially excited that we will get to play a home game on homecoming. As much as we can honor our traditions, it’s a great thing for students, alumni and our students-athletes. I know the community will enjoy getting to see football at Plaster Stadium this fall.”