Missouri Valley Football Conference

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Collegiate athletic conference which operates in the Midwestern United States.

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Missouri Valley Conference

Third-oldest collegiate athletic conference in the United States.

Third-oldest collegiate athletic conference in the United States.

Former Missouri Valley Conference logo

However, five members have football programs in the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) (known as the Gateway from 1985 to 2008) of Division I FCS, and two others compete in another FCS conference, the Pioneer Football League.

Great West Conference

NCAA college athletic conference in the continental United States.

NCAA college athletic conference in the continental United States.

Locations of final Great West Conference full member institutions.

By the time the two schools actually made the switch, the Gateway had renamed itself the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

Ohio Valley Conference

Collegiate athletic conference which operates in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States.

Collegiate athletic conference which operates in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States.

When announcing its move to the MVC, Murray State announced that it was seeking membership in the football-only Missouri Valley Football Conference, and also announced that it would continue to house its rifle team in the OVC.

First team of the NDSU, 1894

North Dakota State Bison football

First team of the NDSU, 1894
Oct 20th, 1928 – NDAC (NDSU) vs. St. Thomas (View looking SE with Ceres Hall in the distance) Courtesy: NDSU Institute for Regional Studies
The Fargodome during a North Dakota State Bison Football Game

The North Dakota State Bison football program represents North Dakota State University in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level and competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

NCAA Division I Football Championship

Annual post-season college football game, played since 2006, used to determine a national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision .

Annual post-season college football game, played since 2006, used to determine a national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision .

Appalachian State's National Championship trophies for 2005 (I-AA), 2006 (FCS), and 2007 (FCS).
The January 2015 final between North Dakota State and Illinois State at Toyota Stadium
Bo Levi Mitchell was MVP of the final for the 2010 season.

The Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) and Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) are historically related but independently operating entities. MVFC was known as the Gateway Football Conference until June 2008.

Murray State University

Public university in Murray, Kentucky.

Public university in Murray, Kentucky.

Wrather West Kentucky Museum, the first building on MSU's campus
Murray State University Shield
Two students walk out of Pogue Library near the statue of founder Rainey T. Wells.
Sparks Hall
Alexander Hall, named for former Murray State president Kern Alexander
Roy Stewart Stadium
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The Shoe Tree in July 2021
Murray State Athletics wordmark

Because the MVC does not sponsor football, Murray State plans to remain in OVC football for the 2022 season before leaving for the Missouri Valley Football Conference (a separate entity from the MVC) in 2023.

Sports and academics at Princeton University

Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference

Women's-only college athletic conference which operated in the midwestern United States from its inception in 1982 to its absorption by the Missouri Valley Conference in 1992.

Women's-only college athletic conference which operated in the midwestern United States from its inception in 1982 to its absorption by the Missouri Valley Conference in 1992.

Sports and academics at Princeton University

The league's football side was spun off into the standalone Gateway Football Conference, known since 2008 as the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Nonprofit organization that regulates student athletics among about 1,100 American, Canadian, and Puerto Rican schools.

Nonprofit organization that regulates student athletics among about 1,100 American, Canadian, and Puerto Rican schools.

NCAA logo, 1971–1979
National Office, Indianapolis
2006 NCAA championship banners hang from the ceiling of the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis
NCAA National Championship trophies, rings, and watches won by UCLA teams
Map of NCAA Division I FCS schools

Missouri Valley Football Conference

2013 North Dakota State Bison football team

The 2013 North Dakota State Bison football team represented North Dakota State University in the 2013 NCAA Division I FCS football season.

The 2013 North Dakota State Bison football team represented North Dakota State University in the 2013 NCAA Division I FCS football season.

The Bison have been members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference since the 2008 season.

NCAA Division II logo

Association of Mid-Continent Universities football

Part of the college athletic conference which operated in the midwestern United States.

Part of the college athletic conference which operated in the midwestern United States.

NCAA Division II logo

After the women's side of the Gateway merged into the Missouri Valley Conference in 1992, the football side remained in operation as the Gateway Football Conference, which became the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2008.