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Southern Utah's schedule has Big Sky feel

Cedar City, UT (Sports Network) - Southern Utah will get an early feel for a Big Sky Conference football schedule this season by playing six teams that will be part of the conference in 2012.

This is the final season for the Great West, the five-team conference of which Southern Utah is the defending champion.

The Thunderbirds will play current Big Sky members Sacramento State (Sept. 10), Weber State (Oct. 22) and Northern Arizona (Nov. 19) as well as Great West members North Dakota (Oct. 1) Cal Poly (Oct. 15), UC Davis (Oct. 29), three schools which, like Southern Utah, will move to the Big Sky after this season.

The Thunderbirds will play Sacramento State, North Dakota and UC Davis at home. They also will host first-year program Texas-San Antonio on Sept. 17, which gives them only four home games in the 11-game season.

Southern Utah also will play an FBS member, traveling to UNLV on Sept. 24, marking the fourth straight season the Thunderbirds will play a Mountain West Conference opponent. In addition, they will visit two schools from the Missouri Valley Conference, South Dakota State (Sept. 3) and Northern Iowa (Nov. 12).

"Our first priority will be to defend the Great West conference championship," Southern Utah coach Ed Lamb said. "If our team continues to work hard and is able to earn postseason consideration, the playoff selection committee will surely view our competitive schedule as a positive factor in their decision."

2011 Southern Utah Football Schedule

All Times ET

Sept. 3, at South Dakota State, Brookings, S.D., TBA

Sept. 10, Sacramento State, Cedar City, Utah, 3 p.m.

Sept. 17, Texas-San Antonio, Cedar City, Utah, 8 p.m.

Sept. 24, at UNLV, Las Vegas, Nev., TBA

Oct. 1, North Dakota*, Cedar City, Utah, 3 p.m.

Oct. 8, at South Dakota*, Vermillion, S.D., TBA

Oct. 15, at Cal Poly*, San Luis Obispo, Calif., TBA

Oct. 22, at Weber State, Ogden, Utah, TBA

Oct. 29, UC Davis*, Cedar City, Utah, 3 p.m.

Nov. 12, at Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa 8 p.m.

Nov. 19, at Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, Ariz., TBA

*-Great West Conference game

02/24 13:39:09 ET

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