With season pushed to spring, UND football releases unique schedule and will close regular season against the Bison

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UND head coach Bubba Schweigert calls a timeout during a game against Eastern Washington at Roos Field in Cheney Wash., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. James Snook / Special to the Grand Forks Herald

With the typical fall season forced to the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UND football program released an eight-game 2021 spring schedule on Thursday.

The Fighting Hawks will open the season at home against Missouri State on Saturday, Feb. 20. Exact game times for all games will be announced at a later date.

As the Missouri Valley Football Conference prioritized playing indoors during the early portion of the schedule, UND will play three straight at home to start the year (Feb. 27 vs. South Dakota State and March 4 against South Dakota). The game against the Coyotes will be played on a Thursday.

Following a bye week, UND's first road game will be at Illinois State on March 20 and at Western Illinois on March 27.

UND will return home for a matchup against Southern Illinois on April 3.


The Fighting Hawks will close the regular season on the road at Youngstown State on April 10 and at rival North Dakota State on April 17.

The MVFC teams UND won't play in the spring are Northern Iowa and Indiana State.

The Hawks finished the 2019 season 7-5 and lost 24-6 to Nicholls State in the first round of the FCS Playoffs in Thibodaux, La.

UND is expected to begin a version of "spring ball" in the fall beginning Oct. 5. The team is currently working out at the High Performance Center for limited hours and without any live sequences, per NCAA rules for teams not competing in the fall.

The schedule

2/20 -- Missouri State

2/27 -- South Dakota State


3/4 -- South Dakota

3/20 -- at Illinois State

3/27 -- at Western Illinois

4/3 -- Southern Illinois

4/10 -- at Youngstown State

4/17 -- at North Dakota State

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019 and 2022.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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