South Dakota, Lamar schedule football series for 2023, 2024

By Kevin Kelley -

The South Dakota Coyotes and the Lamar Cardinals have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2023 and 2024, according to South Dakota’s official athletics website.

The series will begin with the South Dakota Coyotes hosting the Lamar Cardinals at the DakotaDome in Vermillion, S.D., on Sept. 16, 2023. South Dakota will then travel to take on Lamar the following season at Provost Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont, Texas, on Sept. 14, 2024, which will conclude the two-game series.

The first gridiron matchup between South Dakota and Lamar occurred in 1959 in Vermillion. The two schools have met three times overall, most recently in 2010, with Lamar leading the series 3-0.

South Dakota is a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC), while Lamar competes in the Southland Conference, both in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

Lamar is the second scheduled non-conference opponent for South Dakota for both the 2023 and 2024 seasons. The Coyotes are scheduled to play at Kansas State on Sept. 2, 2023 and at Wisconsin on Sept. 7, 2024.

With eight MVFC games per season, South Dakota can schedule one more non-conference opponent in 2023. For the 2024 season, the Coyotes can schedule up to four non-conference games due to the calendar.

The Lamar Cardinals also now have two non-conference opponents scheduled in 2023 and 2024. The Cardinals are scheduled to play at ULM on Sept. 9, 2023 and at Texas State on Aug. 31, 2024.

Lamar, which also plays an eight-game league schedule, can schedule one more non-conference opponent in 2023 and two in 2024.

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Nice to see a Southland Conference team actually schedule a FCS series. Seems like too many of the Southland teams schedule down against the Southwestern Athletic or just double up against the FBS for the money grab.