Western Illinois to visit Iowa State, host six in 2012

Western Illinois will play six home games and visit Iowa State as part of a 2012 schedule announced by the Missouri Valley Football Conference school on Wednesday.

Western Illinois' season opener at Hanson Field will be on Thursday night, Aug. 30, in a first-ever meeting with Butler.

Hampton will visit on Sept. 8 and the Fighting Leathernecks' other four home games are within the MVFC against Illinois State (Sept. 22, Homecoming), Indiana State (Oct. 20), Northern Iowa (Nov. 3) and Youngstown State (Nov. 10).

The Fighting Leathernecks will visit Iowa State in Ames on Sept. 15. Their four other road games are within the MVFC against conference newcomer South Dakota (Oct. 6), South Dakota State (Oct. 13), Missouri State (Oct. 27) and Southern Illinois (Nov. 17).

2012 Western Illinois Football Schedule

All Times ET

Aug. 30, Butler, Hanson Field, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8, Hampton, Hanson Field, 2 p.m.

Sept. 15, at Iowa State, Ames, Iowa, TBA

Sept. 22, Illinois State* (Homecoming), Hanson Field, 4 p.m.

Oct. 6, at South Dakota*, Vermillion, S.D., TBA

Oct. 13, at South Dakota State*, Brookings, S.D., TBA

Oct. 20, Indiana State*, Hanson Field, TBA

Oct. 27, at Missouri State*, Springfield, Mo., TBA

Nov. 3, Northern Iowa*, Hanson Field, TBA

Nov. 10, Youngstown State*, Hanson Field, TBA

Nov. 17, at Southern Illinois*, Carbondale, Ill., TBA

* - Missouri Valley Football Conference game