CARBONDALE -- The Salukis will open their spring football season with back-to-back home games.
The Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) released its eight-game spring schedule Thursday.
The schedule runs Feb. 20 through April 17.
The winner of the MFVC regular season will receive an automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs.
The playoffs will feature 16 teams, 11 conference champions plus five at-large selections, and will be announced April 18.
SIU Spring Schedule
- Feb. 20 South Dakota State
- Feb. 27 Indiana State
- Mar. 6 at Youngstown State
- Mar. 13 at Missouri State
- Mar. 20 Northern Iowa
- Mar. 27 — BYE WEEK —
- Apr. 3 at North Dakota
- Apr. 10 Western Illinois
- Apr. 17 at Illinois State
The No. 24-ranked Salukis also have one non-conference game against No. 25-ranked SEMO. That game is set for Oct. 23.