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SDSU, USD games to be on ESPN's online subscription platform

Football followers of the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University may have to pay more to watch their teams online this fall.

The Missouri Valley Football Conference unveiled its television and web streaming schedule Friday and of the conference's 56 regular-season home games, 43 of them will be streamed on ESPN+, which is the sports company's new direct-to-consumer subscription service. The cost of that service is $4.99 per month but customers can cancel at any time.

On cable, Midco Sports Network will remain as the home for SDSU and USD's home games, with seven Jackrabbits games and five Coyotes contests on the air this year. In the past, cable subscribers who didn't have Midco but had access to ESPN3 could watch SDSU and USD games at no additional charge. But ESPN has now placed most of its content from smaller contests on the pay-streaming app.

The conference also has a game of the week package, but those games will be shown on ESPN3.com, which is free with a cable subscription.

SDSU football broadcast schedule

Sept. 1: at Iowa State [Cyclones.tv], 7 p.m.

Sept. 8: vs. Montana State [MidcoSN/ESPN+], 6 p.m.

Sept. 15: vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff [MidcoSN/ESPN+], 6 p.m.

Sept. 29: at North Dakota State [MidcoSN/ESPN+], 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 6: vs. Indiana State [MidcoSN/ESPN+], 6 p.m.

Oct. 13: vs. Youngstown State [MidcoSN/ESPN+], 2 p.m.

Oct. 20: at Northern Iowa [MVFC-TV/ESPN3], 4 p.m.

Oct. 27: at Illinois State [MVFC-TV/ESPN3], noon

Nov. 3: vs. Missouri State [MidcoSN/ESPN+], 2 p.m.

Nov. 10: at Illinois State [ESPN+], 1 p.m.

Nov. 17: vs. South Dakota [MidcoSN/ESPN+], 2 p.m.

USD football broadcast schedule

Sept. 1: at Kansas State [ESPN3], 6 p.m.

Sept. 8: vs. Northern Colorado [MidcoSN/ESPN+], 2 p.m.

Sept. 15: at Weber State [PlutoTV], 7 p.m.

Sept. 29: at Southern Illinois [ESPN+], 6 p.m.

Oct. 6: vs. Missouri State [MVFC-TV/ESPN3], 2 p.m.

Oct. 13: vs. Northern Iowa [MidcoSN/ESPN+], 6 p.m.

Oct. 20: at Youngstown State [KELO/ESPN+], 5 p.m.

Oct. 27: North Dakota State [MidcoSN/ESPN+], 2 p.m.

Nov. 3: at Indiana State [ESPN+], noon

Nov. 10: vs. Western Illinois [ESPN+], 1 p.m.

Nov. 17: at South Dakota State [MidcoSN/ESPN+], 2 p.m.