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A New Frontier

The schedule is now set for the upcoming Frontier Conference football season


Last updated 6/22/2020 at 8:04am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Last Thursday, the presidents of the Frontier Conference approved a plan for the league to play an eight-game season starting Sept. 12. The NAIA announced that schools can play up to a nine-game season as part of their return-to-play plan due to COVID-19. But the Frontier opted for an eight-game slate, which will give each school an equal amount of home and away games. Montana State University-Northern will open the season at Montana Tech and play its first home game Sept. 26.

If there's going to be a 2020 Montana State University-Northern football season, there will be two certainties. First, the Lights will be playing in their brand new on-campus stadium at some point. That's the good news. Secondly though, Northern will play just four home games, and the 2020 season will be markedly different because COVID-19 is just not going away. And that's the bad news.

Yes, the 2020 season, if it happens, will have to somehow coexist with the coronavirus pandemic. What that means right now, as June draws to a close, is anybody's guess, except for the fact that the Fronti...

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