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South Dakota faces difficult 2011 schedule

Vermillion, SD (Sports Network) - South Dakota football won't take an easy approach toward potential success in 2011.

The Coyotes will play two Football Bowl Subdivision opponents and reigning Football Championship Subdivision title holder Eastern Washington in three of their first four games.

South Dakota, which finished 4-7 this past season, will visit Air Force on Sept. 3 and Wisconsin on Sept. 24. It also will host Eastern Washington on Sept. 10 - one of its six home games at DakotaDome.

The Coyotes' Great West Conference season will begin at home on Oct. 8 against 2010 champion Southern Utah.

2011 South Dakota Football Schedule

Sept. 3, at Air Force

Sept. 10, Eastern Washington

Sept. 17, Lamar

Sept. 24, at Wisconsin

Oct. 1, Lindenwood

Oct. 8, Southern Utah*

Oct. 15, at Illinois State

Oct. 22, UC Davis*

Oct. 29, at Cal Poly*

Nov. 12, Missouri S&T

Nov. 19, at North Dakota*

*-Great West Conference game

01/27 17:03:23 ET