St. Thomas football team releases first Division I schedule

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA -- Wide receiver Vinny Pallini carries the ball at Allianz Field on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. The Johnnies of St. John's University earned a 38-20 victory over the Tommies of the University of St. Thomas. (Jack Rodgers / MediaNews ((Jack Rodgers / MediaNews Group / St. Paul Pioneer Press via Getty Images))

The University of St. Thomas football team released its 2021 schedule on Tuesday as the program prepares to enter its first season in Division I.

The Tommies will compete in the Pioneer League as an FCS team, which was previously called Division I-AA. St. Thomas will have six home games in 2021, and will open the regular season on Sept. 4 against St. Francis of Illinois, an NAIA school.

St. Thomas will have its first road game the following week, Sept. 11 at Division II Michigan Tech. The Tommies will open FCS play at Northern Iowa on Sept. 18.

St. Thomas will make its Pioneer League debut Sept. 25, hosting Butler. The Tommies will have four home and four away games this fall in the 11-team league.

Glenn Caruso is entering his 14th season as the head coach at St. Thomas. The Tommies did not play in the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 protocols. 

Here’s a look at the 2021 St. Thomas football schedule:

September 4 – ST. FRANCIS (ILLINOIS)

September 11 – @ Michigan Tech (Houghton, Mich.)

September 18 – @ Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, Iowa)

September 25 – BUTLER

October 2 – @ San Diego (San Diego, Calif.)

October 9 – VALPARAISO

October 16 – @ Stetson (DeLand, Fla.)

October 23 – Bye

October 30 – MARIST


November 6 - @ Davidson (Davidson, N.C.)

November 13 - @ Drake (Des Moines, Iowa)

November 20 - PRESBYTERIAN