Springfield, MO – Missouri State football will open the 2012 game schedule announced Monday.
Seventh-year head coach Terry Allen and the Bears will open the season at Kansas State on Sept. 1. The host Wildcats have won the two previous meetings in the series.
The Bears will then play Louisville for the first time, going to Kentucky on Sept. 8.
From there, the Bears will complete the regular season with eight straight Missouri Valley Football Conference opponents. Included are home games against Southern Illinois (Sept. 22), conference newcomer South Dakota (Oct. 13), Western Illinois (Oct. 27) on Homecoming and 2011 FCS national champion North Dakota State (Nov. 3).
Missouri State will go on the road to face at South Dakota State (Sept. 29), Indiana State (Oct. 6), Illinois State (Oct. 20) and Northern Iowa (Nov. 17).
The Bears are coming off a 2-9 season. In the new 10-team MVFC, they won't play Youngstown State in 2012.
2012 Missouri State Football Schedule
All Times ET
Saturday, Sept. 1 - at Kansas State, Manhattan, Kan., TBA
Saturday, Sept. 8 - at Louisville, Louisville, Ky., TBA
Saturday, Sept. 15 - Murray State, Springfield, Mo., 2 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22 - Southern Illinois*, Springfield, Mo., 2 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29 - at South Dakota State*, Brookings, S.D., 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6 - at Indiana State*, Terre Haute, Ind., 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13 - South Dakota*, Springfield, Mo., 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20 - at Illinois State*, Normal, Ill., 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27 - Western Illinois* (Homecoming), Springfield, Mo., 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3 - North Dakota State*, Springfield. Mo., 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17 - at Northern Iowa*, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 5 p.m.
* - Missouri Valley Football Conference game