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Utah schedules 2-game home series against newly FCS program Dixie State for 2028, 2030

By Josh Furlong, | Posted - Mar. 6, 2020 at 10:10 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Last year, Dixie State accepted an invitation into the Western Athletic Conference for 14 sports, while football became an FCS independent. In 2020, the Trailblazers will join the ranks of in-state football programs to schedule the University of Utah.

Utah athletics announced on Friday a two-game scheduling slate with the Trailblazers for 2028 and 2030, just four years after Dixie State will be a full-fledged member in the NCAA Division reclassification in their move to Division I. The two games, which will be played at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Aug. 31, 2028, and Aug. 29, 2030, will open the season for both programs.

With the addition of Dixie State to its 2028 nonconference slate, Utah has concluded its scheduling for that season. The Utes will open up against the Trailblazers a week before its in-state rival with BYU at Rice-Eccles Stadium, and then the back end of a two-game series with Arkansas in Fayetteville on Sept. 16.

The 2030 meeting with Dixie State is the first nonconference game scheduled that season. Utah has a home-and-home series scheduled with LSU for the 2031 and 2032 seasons, which is the farthest out scheduled contests.

Dixie State officially moves to Division I in football in 2020 and will kick off its first FCS game against in-state program Southern Utah on Sept. 5. Though the university will start competition as a Division I program this summer, it will not be eligible for postseason play until the 2024-25 season.

The full nonconference slate for Utah is as follows:

2021 Schedule

Sept. 2: Weber State
Sept. 11: BYU
Sept. 18: @ San Diego State

2022 Schedule

TBD: @ Florida
Sept. 10: Southern Utah
Sept. 17: San Diego State

2023 Schedule

TBD: Florida
Aug. 31 or Sept. 1 or 2: Weber State
Sept. 9: @ Baylor

2024 Schedule

Aug. 29: Southern Utah
Sept. 7: BYU
Sept. 14: Baylor

2025 Schedule

Sept. 6: Wyoming

2026 Schedule

Sept. 5: @ Houston
Sept. 12: Arkansas
Sept. 19: BYU

2027 Schedule

Sept. 11: Houston
Sept. 18: @ BYU

2028 Schedule

Aug. 21: Dixie State
Sept. 9: BYU
Sept. 16: @ Arkansas

2030 Schedule

Aug. 29: Dixie State

2031 Schedule

Sept. 6: LSU

2032 Schedule

Sept. 11: @ LSU

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