MISSOULA — The Montana Grizzlies football team added seven non-conference games against three FCS opponents to its upcoming schedules from 2021 through 2027 on Tuesday. Additionally, the Big Sky announced Montana's conference schedule through the 2023 season
Montana will begin a new regional series against Dixie State (St. George, Utah) in 2021, with the Trailblazers scheduled to move to D-I in the 2020 season as an FCS independent and member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) for all other sports.
Montana will open the series against Dixie State at home on Sept. 25, 2021, then travel to St. George on Sept. 9, 2023. The Trailblazers will then return to Missoula twice. The first will serve as the home opener on Sept. 5, 2026. DSU will return the following season on Sept. 18, 2027.
To accommodate the 2021 matchup against the Trailblazers, Montana moved its scheduled home game against Missouri State to Aug. 31, 2024, giving the Grizzlies a pair of non-conference games against Missouri Valley Conference teams to open the season, with UM traveling to North Dakota the following week.
Montana will open the 2023 season hosting Butler University out of the Pioneer League for a one-off visit on Sept. 2 in Missoula. The Bulldogs will be the fifth Pioneer League team to visit Missoula in recent years, following San Diego, Valparaiso, Drake, and Morehead State, which is scheduled to play at UM in 2020.
Montana has also added a home-and-home series with the Southern Conference's Western Carolina Catamounts. WCU will come to Missoula on Sept. 14, 2024, for the third non-conference game of the year for the Grizzlies. UM will then travel to the Appalachian Mountains in 2025 to face the Catamounts in Cullowhee, North Carolina, for a rare trip east of the Mississippi River for the Griz.
In Big Sky play, the Grizzlies will face a tough road schedule in 2020, traveling to face rivals Eastern Washington, Idaho, Northern Arizona, and Northern Colorado before capping the season with Montana State at home in the annual Brawl of the Wild.
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