Northern State University football will open the 2024 season at the University of South Dakota on Thursday, Aug. 29, marking the first meeting between the two programs since 1997 and the Coyotes' move to NCAA Division I. South Dakota holds an 8-0 advantage in the series, with the last Northern victory against USD occurring in 1973. This announcement follows the passing of new NCAA legislation, allowing FCS teams to play a 12-game schedule and Division II members to begin the season a week earlier. Northern State's Director of Athletics Nate Davis emphasized the significance of this opportunity for the football program's growth and momentum.

By the Numbers
  • South Dakota holds an 8-0 advantage in the series against Northern State.
  • Following the South Dakota game, the Wolves will kick-off their NSIC schedule at home versus the University of Sioux Falls on September 7.
State of Play
  • The unique match-up with South Dakota occurs during a year in which FCS teams are permitted to play a 12-game schedule.
  • Northern State will announce their 2024 high school signing class on February 7 and will host the annual signing day part at Lager's Inn.
Bottom Line

The 2024 football schedule announcement marks a significant opportunity for Northern State University's football program, aligning with the new NCAA legislation to create positive momentum and growth for the team.