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Football - Fri, Feb. 10, 2017

The Valley City State University football team opens the 2017 season at home against the defending conference champion, head coach Dennis McCulloch announced Friday with the release of the 2017 schedule.

VCSU will host Dickinson State on Saturday, Sept. 2, for the season opener at Shelly Ellig Field. It is the first of two meetings between the Vikings and Blue Hawks, who have combined to win the last six conference championships.

"Our guys are doing a great job in the weight room and are excited about the challenging schedule we face this fall," said McCulloch. "We're eager to start spring practice and begin prep work for the 2017 season."

View the 2017 Schedule

The Viking schedule includes 10 regular season games, eight of which will be North Star Athletic Association contests. The Vikings play two games each with Dickinson and University of Jamestown, and with a new conference rule this year both those games will count in the conference standings.

Valley City State hosts University of Jamestown on Sept. 16. Other home games include a non-conference game against Finlandia University on Sept. 23, Mayville State on Oct. 14 for Homecoming, and Dakota State on Oct. 21.

The Vikings begin their road schedule Sept. 9 with a non-conference game at Hastings College. Other road games include Sept. 30 at Waldorf, Oct. 7 at Dickinson, Oct. 28 at Presentation and Nov. 4 at University of Jamestown.

Valley City State went 6-4 last season with two victories over Top 20 teams. The Vikings finished second in the North Star Athletic Association with a 4-2 conference record.

VCSU Football - 2017 Schedule
Sept. 2 - vs. Dickinson State, TBA
Sept. 9 - @ Hastings College, 1 p.m.
Sept. 16 - vs. University of Jamestown, 1 p.m.
Sept. 23 - vs. Finlandia University, 1 p.m.
Sept. 30 - @ Waldorf University, 1 p.m.
Oct. 7 - @ Dickinson State, 3 p.m.
Oct. 14 - vs. Mayville State, 1 p.m.
Oct. 21 - vs. Dakota State, 4 p.m.
Oct. 28 - @ Presentation College, 1 p.m.
Nov. 4 - @ University of Jamestown, 1 p.m.