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Senior Blair Townsend catches a pass against Northern Colorado during the 2013 season. The Bears are one of two protected rivals that UND will play each season in future schedules.
Big Sky releases 2016-19 football schedules
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Updated: Friday 05/12/2014 11:38:14 (ET)
by UNDsports.com
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Big Sky Conference sets future football schedules up into four-year blocks and league officials have released the next segment, which covers the 2016-19 seasons. The 2016 season will be the fifth for UND in its new conference home.

UND will play its two protected rivalry foes – Montana State and Northern Colorado – on the road in 2016 and 2018, while playing host to the Bobcats and Bears in 2017 and 2019. Those are the only two teams in the Big Sky that UND will play each season.

Teams that UND will play three times over the four-year span include Idaho State, Sacramento State, Southern Utah and Weber State. UND will play the remainder of its league foes twice. That grouping includes Cal Poly, Eastern Washington, Montana, Northern Arizona, Portland State and UC Davis.

As for the non-conference schedule for those four seasons, UND has an open date in 2017 (Sept. 9), 2018 (Sept. 1) and four open dates in 2019 to fill.

2016  
Sept. 3 at Stony Brook
Sept. 10 at Bowling Green
Sept. 17 South Dakota
Sept. 24 at Montana State*
Oct. 1 Cal Poly*
Oct. 8 at Sacramento State*
Oct. 15 Southern Utah*
Oct. 22 at Idaho State*
Oct. 29 Weber State*
Nov. 5 at Northern Colorado*
Nov. 12 Bye
Nov. 19 Northern Arizona*
   
2017  
Aug. 31 at Utah
Sept. 9 Open
Sept. 16 at South Dakota
Sept. 23 Montana State*
Sept. 30 at UC Davis*
Oct. 7 Northern Colorado*
Oct. 14 at Montana*
Oct. 21 Sacramento State*
Oct. 28 at Portland State*
Nov. 4 at Southern Utah*
Nov. 11 Eastern Washington*
   
2018  
Sept. 1 Open
Sept. 8 Missouri State
Sept. 15 at Washington
Sept. 22 Idaho State*
Sept. 29 at Northern Colorado*
Oct. 6 Bye
Oct. 13  Montana* 
Oct. 20 at Sacramento State*
Oct. 27 Weber State*
Nov. 3 at Montana State*
Nov. 10 Portland State*
Nov. 17 at Northern Arizona*
   
2019  
Aug. 31 Open
Sept. 7 Open
Sept. 14 Open
Sept. 21 Open
Sept. 28 at Eastern Washington*
Oct. 5 UC Davis*
Oct. 12 at Idaho State*
Oct. 19 at Cal Poly*
Oct. 26 Montana State*
Nov. 2 Bye
Nov. 9 at Weber State*
Nov. 16 Northern Colorado*
Nov. 23 Southern Utah*
   
  *Big Sky Conference
  Bold (Home Games)

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