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Missouri moves South Dakota football game to a Thursday night

by News Tribune | May 26, 2023 at 12:07 a.m.
The Missouri Tigers will open the 2023 football season Thursday, Aug. 31, against South Dakota at Faurot Field. (Associated Press)

Fans will have to wait two fewer days than expected for the start of the Missouri football season.

The Tigers’ opener against South Dakota has been moved up to Thursday, Aug. 31, with a 7 p.m. start. The game will air on SEC Network.

“A primetime game under the lights of Faurot Field is an awesome way to open the season,” Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz said. “We appreciate our administration the SEC and South Dakota for accommodating the date change. We believe this allows our student section and the best fans in the country to show out loud and proud and lead into Labor Day weekend in Missouri the right way.”

The move from opening Saturday to Thursday matches the Tigers’ schedule change from last season when Missouri moved up its opening game against Louisiana Tech.

The game will be the fourth weeknight game at Faurot Field since 2009.

“We are grateful to have another tremendous opportunity to start the Labor Day weekend off with a primetime football game on the SEC Network,” Missouri athletic director Desireé Reed-Francois said. “We listened to our fans after last year’s season opener and wanted to create another memorable experience to open the 2023 season. Our student section and the crowd set the tone that night and built a season-long home-field advantage. We look forward to welcoming everyone home to Columbia on August 31 inside Faurot Field.”

Opening week wasn’t the only announced change to the Tigers’ schedule Thursday.

The Battle Line Rivalry Game against Arkansas is moving up a day to Friday, Nov. 24 in Fayetteville with kickoff set for 3 p.m. It will continue a trend of playing the rivalry matchup the Friday after Thanksgiving, marking the eighth time in the past nine seasons, with only the 2020 game played on a different day.

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