Daylan Carnell, center, celebrates a big play with the rest of the Missouri defense (copy)

Daylan Carnell (13) celebrates with fellow members of the Missouri defense Thursday, Sept. 1, at Memorial Stadium in Columbia. MU announced Thursday that it has again moved its season opener to a Thursday night time slot. Mizzou will now open its 2023 campaign against South Dakota at 7 p.m. Aug. 31. The game will on the SEC Network.

Mizzou football will now begin its 2023 season under the lights at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at Memorial Stadium, the team announced in a news release Thursday morning.

The team’s season opener against South Dakota was initially scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2, but has been moved for the second year in a row to avoid Labor Day Weekend travel for fans. With the earlier slot, MU’s first game will air on the SEC Network.

  • MU Football reporter studying sports journalism. Reach me at or on Twitter @wendellsjr_