BROOKING,S.D. – South Dakota State and Butler (Ind.) have agreed to a one-game contract in which the two teams will open the 2013 football season at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium. The addition of the Aug. 31 game versus Butler, which is the defending Pioneer Football League champion, completes the Jackrabbits’ 2013 football schedule. SDSU will play a total of 12 games — six at home and six on the road. The Jackrabbits also will host Southeastern Louisiana in non-conference action on Sept. 14, while traveling to North Dakota on Sept. 7 and Nebraska on Sept. 21. Missouri Valley Football Conference action begins Sept. 28, when the Jackrabbits host defending league and Football Championship Subdivision national champion North Dakota State. The following week, on Oct. 5, SDSU will host Southern Illinois in the the 100th Hobo Day game. Completing the home schedule are an Oct. 26 matchup against Northern Iowa and a Nov. 9 contest versus Indiana State. All kickoff times are to be determined. The road portion of the league schedule begins Oct. 12 at Western Illinois, followed by an Oct. 19 trip to Missouri State. The Jackrabbits will play their final two regular season games on the road — at South Dakota on Nov. 16 and at Youngstown State on Nov. 23.
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