GRAND FORKS-The University of North Dakota football team's opener for the 2018 season has been set.
The Fighting Hawks will open the year Aug. 30-a Thursday-against Mississippi Valley State at the Alerus Center.
UND had previously announced two other non-conference games for the 2018 season: Washington and Sam Houston State.
The Delta Devils, the alma mater of former NFL star Jerry Rice, open the 2017 season against North Dakota State. The following weekend MVSU travels to Carbondale, Ill., to play Southern Illinois.
MVSU is a Division I program and a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
MVSU lost to Montana 67-7 last season, while the Griz held the Delta Devils to minus-61 rushing yards.
UND is paying MVSU a $230,000 guarantee to come to Grand Forks, while the Fighting Hawks will get $550,000 for going to Washington the following week.
The $550,000 payout is UND's largest FBS guarantee haul, $100,000 more than the Fighting Hawks will get to travel to Utah to open the 2017 season.
North Dakota State is paying MVSU $240,000 to open the 2017 season at the Fargodome.