Missouri Valley releases Spring 2021 football schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The Missouri Valley Football Conference has released their 2020 football schedule that is set to be played in Spring of 2021.

All 11 Missouri Valley members will compete this spring. The conference will play an eight-game football schedule with no non-conference opponents and one bye week per team.

The Missouri Valley will kick off their spring season on Friday, Feb. 19 with Western Illinois traveling to face South Dakota. The season will wrap up on Saturday, April 17.

The Spring 2021 MVFC slate features the same original matchups as the previously announced Fall 2020 schedule.  The sequence of games, however, is different, as the model follows a “Southern Start” with early-season games played either at domes or at institutions in the southern-most part of the league footprint.  Typically, MVFC schools would not play more than two-straight games at home or two-straight games on the road, but it will occur three times next spring due to facility conflicts at some sites.

The FCS Playoff Schedule is set to begin on Saturday, April 24, 2021. For this season, 11 conference champions will receive automatic bid and there will be only five at-large bids. The FCS Championship Game will be played on Saturday, May 15 or Sunday, May 16 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Below is the complete 2020 Missouri Valley Football Conference schedule for this Spring:

Friday, Feb. 19
Western Illinois at South Dakota

Saturday, Feb. 20
Illinois State at UNI
Missouri State at North Dakota
South Dakota State at Southern Illinois

Sunday, Feb. 21
Youngstown State at North Dakota State

Friday, Feb. 26
UNI at South Dakota

Saturday, Feb. 27
Illinois State at Missouri State
Indiana State at Southern Illinois
South Dakota State at North Dakota

Thursday, March 4
South Dakota at North Dakota

Saturday, March 6
Western Illinois at Illinois State
North Dakota State at Indiana State
Missouri State at UNI
Southern Illinois at Youngstown State

Saturday, March 13
Illinois State at North Dakota State
South Dakota at Indiana State
Southern Illinois at Missouri State
UNI at Western Illinois
Youngstown State at South Dakota State

Saturday, March 20
North Dakota at Illinois State
Indiana State at Youngstown State
North Dakota State at South Dakota
UNI at Southern Illinois
Western Illinois at South Dakota State

Saturday, March 27
South Dakota at Illinois State
Indiana State at South Dakota State
North Dakota State at Missouri State
North Dakota at Western Illinois
UNI at Youngstown State

Saturday, April 3
Illinois State at Indiana State
Missouri State at South Dakota
Southern Illinois at North Dakota
South Dakota State at North Dakota State
Youngstown State at Western Illinois

Saturday, April 10
Missouri State at Indiana State
North Dakota at Youngstown State
North Dakota State at UNI
South Dakota at South Dakota State
Western Illinois at Southern Illinois

Saturday, April 17
Southern Illinois at Illinois State
Indiana State at Western Illinois
Youngstown State at Missouri State
North Dakota at North Dakota State
South Dakota State at UNI

Missouri Valley Football Schedule

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