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South Dakota State to visit Illini

Brookings, SD (Sports Network) - South Dakota State will visit the University of Illinois and play five home games during the 2011 football season.

The Jackrabbits and Illinois will meet for the first time on Sept. 10 in Champaign.

The 2011 season will mark the 50th year of South Dakota State football at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. The home opener is on Sept. 3 against Southern Utah of the Great West Conference, the Jackrabbits' former conference before they joined the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

Their other home games are conference games against Indiana State on Oct. 1, defending MVFC champion Northern Iowa Oct. 15, North Dakota State Oct. 22 and Southern Illinois Nov. 5.

2011 South Dakota State Football Schedule

All Times ET

Sept. 3, Southern Utah, 7 p.m.

Sept. 10, at Illinois, TBA

Sept. 17, at Cal Poly, 7 p.m.

Sept. 24, at Illinois State*, TBA

Oct. 1, INDIANA STATE*, 7 p.m.

Oct. 8, at Youngstown State*, TBA

Oct. 15, NORTHERN IOWA, 7 p.m.

Oct. 22, NORTH DAKOTA STATE*, 3 p.m.

Oct. 29, at Missouri State*, TBA

Nov. 5, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS*, 3 p.m.

Nov. 12, at Western Illinois*, TBA

*- Missouri Valley Football Conference game

02/16 11:23:19 ET