St. Thomas announced its first nonconference Division I football opponents Monday, with games planned against Northern Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota starting this fall.

The Tommies, who will begin transitioning to D-I in July, will play at Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse Northern Iowa on Sept. 18. They also have scheduled a home game against Northern Iowa on Sept. 7, 2024, and games at South Dakota (Sept. 9, 2023) and North Dakota (Sept. 5, 2026). St. Thomas will play in the Pioneer League for football, with this fall's eight-game league schedule expected to be announced soon.

All three Tommies opponents are members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, one of the nation's premier FCS leagues. Northern Iowa, which begins its pandemic-delayed season this weekend, is ranked third in Athlon's preseason FCS poll.

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