The UND football program released the Fighting Hawks' 2020 Missouri Valley Football Conference schedule on Tuesday.

The Hawks will play one more season of a Big Sky Conference schedule, while technically an independent, in the 2019 season. The following year, UND will join the MVFC.

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UND will start conference play on the road -- a Sept. 26 matchup at Youngstown State in Youngstown, Ohio.

The Hawks' first MVFC home game will be against South Dakota State on Oct. 3.

UND will host Missouri State on Oct. 10, then travel to Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill., on Oct. 17.

On Oct. 31, UND hosts South Dakota, then travels to Normal, Ill., to play Illinois State.

UND and North Dakota State will play a conference game the following week for the first time at the Division I level.

The Hawks will play the Bison in the Fargodome Nov. 14 -- the third consecutive visit to Fargo in the series.

The conference slate concludes the following week at the Alerus Center against Southern Illinois on Nov. 21.