The University Of Montana announced the schedule for the 2012 Football Season. Next season’s slate of competition include 11 FCS teams, six home games, and three powerful non-conference opponents.

The season opens with South Dakota on September 1st at Washington Grizzly Stadium. This will be a homecoming for former Montana coach Joe Glenn, who is the new head coach for the Coyotes. South Dakota finished last season with a 6-5 record, including a 30-17 win over Eastern Washington.

Montana will travel to Boone North Carolina on September 8th for a match-up with national FCS perennial power-house Appalachian State. The Mountaineers and Grizzlies have met several times in the FCS Play-offs over the years. Appalachian State fell to Maine in the second round of the 2011 FCS Play-offs and finished the season ranked 12th in the nation.

The Grizzlies will also face Liberty from the Big South Conference. The Flames ended last season ranked 25th in the nation with a 7-4 record. Liberty is a member of the Big South Conference.

The conference includes the usual match-ups with arch-rivals Montana State and Eastern Washington. Montana will also meet up with new Big Sky Conference members Southern Utah and North Dakota. The Grizzlies also have scheduled conference tilts with Weber State, Idaho State, Northern Arizona and Northern Colorado. Montana will not make any trips to the west coast next season. Big Sky opponents Cal-Poly, Sacramento State, UC Davis and Portland State will likely face the Grizzlies in the 2013 conference season.