North Dakota releases Missouri Valley football schedule through 2022

By Kevin Kelley -

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are set to join the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) beginning with the 2020 season.

The Missouri Valley Football Conference, which is football only, currently consists of 10 members: Illinois State, Indiana State, Missouri State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, and Youngstown State.

A few of North Dakota’s matchups for their inaugural season in the MVFC were previously known due to other schedule releases. All eight games have now been released by the Fighting Hawks.

North Dakota will play their first Missouri Valley Football Conference matchup on the road against Youngstown State on Sept. 26. Other MVFC road contests for North Dakota include Western Illinois (Oct. 17), Illinois State (Nov. 7), and North Dakota State (Nov. 14).

The Fighting Hawks will host their first Missouri Valley foe, South Dakota State, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks on Oct. 3. The remaining three conference home games for UND include Missouri State (Oct. 10), South Dakota (Oct. 31), and Southern Illinois (Nov. 21).

North Dakota also has all three of their non-conference games scheduled for the 2020 season. The Fighting Hawks will open the season against Valparaiso on Thursday, Sept. 3, travel to take on Kansas State on Sept. 12, and play at Portland State on Oct. 24.

The lone open date for North Dakota in 2019 will be Sept. 19 (Week 3).

North Dakota departed the Big Sky Conference following the 2017 season. The Fighting Hawks played as an FCS Independent in 2018 and will do so again in 2019, although they have been playing a full slate of Big Sky opponents.

North Dakota has also released their MVFC schedules for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. You can view the schedules for all three seasons below. The Fighting Hawks still have one non-conference game to schedule in both 2021 and 2022.

Future North Dakota Football Schedules

2020

  • 09/03 – Valparaiso
  • 09/12 – at Kansas State
  • 09/26 – at Youngstown State
  • 10/03 – South Dakota State
  • 10/10 – Missouri State
  • 10/17 – at Western Illinois
  • 10/24 – at Portland State
  • 10/31 – South Dakota
  • 11/07 – at Illinois State
  • 11/14 – at North Dakota State
  • 11/21 – Southern Illinois

2021

  • 09/04 – at Idaho State
  • 09/11 – at Utah State
  • 10/02 – North Dakota State
  • 10/09 – at South Dakota
  • 10/16 – at Southern Illinois
  • 10/23 – Western Illinois
  • 10/30 – at Missouri State
  • 11/06 – Youngstown State
  • 11/13 – Illinois State
  • 11/20 – at South Dakota State

2022

  • 09/03 – at Nebraska
  • 09/17 – at Northern Arizona
  • 09/24 – at Southern Illinois
  • 10/01 – Missouri State
  • 10/08 – at Youngstown State
  • 10/15 – Northern Iowa
  • 10/22 – South Dakota State
  • 11/05 – at Indiana State
  • 11/12 – South Dakota
  • 11/19 – at North Dakota State

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