DSU played both teams on the road in 2019, beating Fort Lewis 23-14 and NM-Highlands 55-0. The 'Blazers' first FCS game will come against Tarleton State, a hyper-successful Division II program that's made the jump to Division I as a FCS independent and into the WAC with other sports. ST. GEORGE — Dixie State football’s Division I debut will have to wait. Dixie State University (DSU or, colloquially, Dixie) is a public university in St. George, Utah, in the state's Dixie region. DSU and NMSU are both independents, but the Aggies are a member of the FBS, and played programs like Alabama, Ole Miss and Washington State. "We bounced a ton of stuff off of one another," Peterson said. That was a frustrating development on DSU's part, but at least athletics was able to focus elsewhere. The Trailblazers will compete in football as a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) independent. With the move to Division 1, Dixie State’s football team will become an independent, which will allow for a perfect geographical rivalry with Southern Utah University in Cedar City, just 50 miles up the road. Dixie State lost 85-78 to Southern Utah in its most recent game. The Trailblazers debuted a six-game schedule last week, featuring a two FCS schools and an FBS school, which represents both a competitive challenge and a barometer of where the program is heading into a full Division I slate. "That's huge," Peterson said. SUBSCRIBE NOW $3 for 3 months. The Trailblazers compete as members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC); in football, a sport not sponsored by the WAC, the school competes as an independent in the second level of D-I football, the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Kennesaw State brings the complications of running the triple-option offense to Dixie State's defensive coaches, something DSU did not see much, if at all, in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Dixie State has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference and move to Division 1 status, beginning in the 2020-21 season. However, the program itself has more money and scholarships to use program-wide, which makes the Aggies one of the best opponents Dixie State has played in its football program's history. Dixie State knows when it will turn into a Division I program, and now the football team knows who they'll face. The university offers 4 master's degrees, 45 bachelor's degrees, 11 associate degrees, 44 minors, and 23 certificates/endorsements. The Trailblazers, who will compete as an FCS independent, have six games on its docket, including three home games at Greater Zion Stadium. "Our stands will be in a little bit of construction get ready for this facility upgrade," Peterson said. Dixie State is currently a Division II institution competing in its first year as a full member in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (in football since 2016) after more than a decade competing in the PacWest Conference. MORE: Dixie State postpones football season after major scheduling difficulties. One of the main reasons for the expanded grandstands was to host high school and collegiate championship games. The Big Sky, which released its spring schedule for all 12 competing teams last week as well, announced it was playing a conference-only schedule. This goes along with being present in the St. George community, hoping to build rapport with the greater area before the 2021 fall season. DSU announced its first Division I football … The end result, however, was an encouraging one. NMSU finished with a 2-10 record in 2019 and postponed its fall football season in 2020 when most conferences began to stick with conference-only schedules, which allowed DSU to schedule that game. Greater Zion Stadium at Dixie State University is shown Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in St. George, Utah. This was in part to three members of the Big South announcing they wouldn't be participating in the spring schedule. Hopefully, that's reciprocated.". Back in May, DSU boasted a close relationship with Tarleton State ahead of the 2020 fall season when DSU began to see some cancelations on its football schedule when Division II football canceled. Greater Zion Stadium will host the Utah High School Football State Championships for the 4A, 5A, and 6A divisions. "But just having the chance to play at home and in front of our crowd is going to be amazing.". The Trailblazers moved from the junior college ranks to NCAA Division 2 in 2006. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT. In between and after those two games, however, are bigger tests. Dixie State men's basketball will look to Wednesday, Dec. 2 against North Dakota for its first foray into Division I hoops. Instead of scheduling a much-anticipated game between DSU and Southern Utah University, the Trailblazers will instead get to further its relationship with another program that's in the exact same position. LEADING THE … Dixie State University Athletics has announced its NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) debut schedule for the spring of 2021. The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) is set to add Dixie State to its ranks when the Division II school makes the jump to Division I, according to a new report. Dixie State officially became a Division I athletic institution on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, joining the Western Athletic Conference as a full member in 15 of the school’s 16 sports, while competing as an FCS independent in football. In June, we reported that Dixie State added future football games against Drake (2020), Azusa Pacific (2021), Sam Houston State (2021-23), and North Alabama (2021, 2023). BOTTOM LINE: The Dixie State Trailblazers are set to battle the Flames of Bethesda. After amassing an impressive schedule that included Southern Utah, Illinois State and other members of the Big Sky, Dixie State was sent on a scramble to piece together a spring schedule that relied on a handful of factors outside of DSU's hands. Three of the four future opponents are Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) members of the Missouri Valley Conference, while another is Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) independent New Mexico State. The Dixie State Trailblazers are the 15 varsity athletic teams that represent Dixie State University, located in St. George, Utah, in NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports. 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Playing spring home-and-home games against Tarleton State, a program that won 11 games in its final Division II season, will be the introduction of what could be one of DSU's first inner-conference Division I rivals. After having three different opening nights canceled, the Trailblazers became an official, competing member of the Western Athletic Conference. The Trailblazers compete as members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC); in football, a sport not sponsored by the WAC, the school competes as an independent in the second level of D-I football, the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). In 2016, the nickname was changed again to "Trailblazers". "It's all lining up to be a really bright future here for them, and they're excited to be a part of it," Peterson sad. "We had a bunch of conversations about, 'Hey, what are you guys doing about this? View the complete FPI Dixie State Trailblazers football team schedule on ESPN.com. The championship games are set to take place Nov. 21 starting with the 4A division game kicking off at 12:30 p.m. with the next two games following. Existing as an independent football program can be a double-edged sword, especially at the FCS level. Includes home and away, bye weeks, bowl schedules, and printable schedules. Currently in Division 2, Dixie State has a limit of 40 scholarships for the football team, but that could increase by 20 with the jump. "We're excited about them," Peterson said. Dixie State also had home games scheduled against Division-II Western New Mexico (9/12) and Pioneer Football League member Drake (9/26), as well as home dates vs. former GNAC rival Azusa Pacific (10/24) and RMAC foe Western Colorado (11/7). Dixie State football off to best start in Division ... Local, News, Sports, Top Sports Stories Tagged Division II, Division II Football, Dixie State football, GNAC, RMAC, Trailblazers. 'WHAT IF': Dixie State football's first D-I season aimed to stoke skill & rivalries in 2020. ST. GEORGE – Dixie State Athletics announced Wednesday the addition of four future NCAA Division I football road opponents over the next several years. Dixie State University officially began its transition to NCAA Division I status and joined the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) as the league's eighth full member on Wednesday. Follow him on Twitter @OchoK_, and contact him at CKwiecinsk@thespectrum.com, or (435) 414-3261. Dixie State University is a public comprehensive university dedicated to rigorous learning and the enrichment of the professional and personal lives of its students and community by providing opportunities that engage the unique Southern Utah environment and resources. "We knew we were kind of stuck a little bit, especially with the Big Sky," Peterson said. This also allowed for a handful of non-conference openings. The school began the official transition in early July, marking the start of a four-year reclassification process. Not only have these two schools been in constant contact with each other, but they've been working the Division I transition with each other too. DSU officially announced the move to D-I status in front of a standing-room-only crowd inside the DSU Student Activities Center (SAC) back on January 11, 2019. As of Fall 2019, there are 11,193 students enrolled at DSU, and the university has an 80% acceptance rate. Prior to Wednesday’s move, Dixie State competed at the Division … The team will begin its spring football camp a couple weeks after when the next semester begins in January. But, Dixie State couldn't officially get its feet off the ground as it waited to hear from a very specific entity: the Big Sky Conference. In 2009, the school's nickname was changed from the "Rebels" to the "Red Storm". 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