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College Football: UNI’s 2023 schedule features opening game at Iowa State

CEDAR FALLS - UNI will open its 125th football season on the road at Iowa State before playing the first of five games inside the UNI-Dome.

CEDAR FALLS – UNI will open its 125th football season on the road at Iowa State before playing the first of five games inside the UNI-Dome. Three of the Panthers’ home contests will be slated for 4 p.m. CT kickoff, with two games beginning at 1 p.m. CT.

The Panthers will take on Iowa State to open the 2023 campaign on Sept. 2 at Jack Trice Stadium, before hosting 2022 FCS playoff qualifier Weber State in their home opener on Sept. 9. UNI is 37-10 (.787) in home openers since the Panthers played their first home game inside the UNI-Dome in 1976.

After rounding out the non-conference slate at Idaho State, the Panthers will open Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) play at home on Sept. 30 against Youngstown State for the first of two scheduled 1 p.m. CT kickoff games. UNI will then hit the road to open October visiting Indiana State and defending national champion South Dakota State on Oct. 14.

The Panthers welcome North Dakota for the first time since 2006 on Oct. 21 for its annual homecoming game, and for the first time as MVFC opponents. UNI faced off against the Fighting Hawks last September in Grand Forks in UND’s first season as a member of the league.

After visiting Illinois State on Oct. 28, the Panthers will play two of their final three games at home, starting Nov. 4 against Western Illinois. UNI will play its final road game on Nov. 11 at Missouri State before closing the regular season out against perennial FCS power North Dakota State on Nov. 18 for senior day.

Kickoff times for road games and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

Football season tickets will go on sale in early April. Stay tuned for more information.

2023 UNI Football Schedule (Times)

Sept. 2 at Iowa State – TBA

Sept. 9 vs. Weber State (Hall of Fame Induction) – 4 p.m. CT

Sept. 16 at Idaho State – TBA

Sept. 30 vs. Youngstown State (Family Weekend) – 1 p.m. CT

Oct. 7 at Indiana State – TBA

Oct. 14 at South Dakota State – TBA

Oct. 21 vs. North Dakota (Homecoming) – 4 p.m.

Oct. 28 at Illinois State – TBA

Nov. 4 vs. Western Illinois (Military Appreciation Day/Band Day) – 1 p.m.

Nov. 11 at Missouri State – TBA

Nov. 18 vs. North Dakota State (Senior Day) – 4 p.m.


2023 will mark the 10th time the Panthers have opened the season on the road at Iowa State in the Mark Farley era (since 2001).

UNI’s schedule will feature three teams from last year’s FCS playoff field, including Weber State and both national championship game participants (South Dakota State and North Dakota State).

UNI’s bye week is scheduled for Sept. 23.

As part of the MVFC scheduling formula, the Panthers will not play MVFC newcomer Murray State, South Dakota or Southern Illinois this season.

The Panthers are 228-63-1 (.780) all-time inside the UNI-Dome since the building opened in 1976.

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