As the Youngstown State football team closes the books on the 2019 season Saturday hosting Illinois State, we can look to the 2020 season.

The Penguins renew their series with Akron and also play North Dakota for the first time as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. Youngstown State is receiving $300,000 for its appearance against the Zips.

The Penguins and other MVFC teams will not play two teams during a two-year cycle with the addition of North Dakota.  YSU will not play Illinois State and South Dakota in 2020 and 2021.

The rest of the schedule is:

September 5 at Akron

September 12  Duquesne

September 19 Eastern Kentucky

September 26 North Dakota

Other Conference Home Opponents:  Indiana State, Southern Illinois, Northern Iowa

Conference Road Opponents: Western Illinois, Missouri State, North Dakota State, South Dakota State