I booked my flight yesterday but, since I'm a glutton (see edit) for punishment, I've been comparing fares today from what I saw yesterday. Currently, there are round trip flights out of Lansing to Dallas/Fort Worth for the weekend for $303 on United. You can leave Lansing either Thursday or Friday but, for that fare (see edit), you return on Monday. The flight times are reasonable..... afternoon and early evening. I searched for 4 seats using Kayak.
There is a layover in Chicago both ways, with the return layover being a couple of hours, but there are worse things to do then having dinner and a couple of beers at OHare between flights.
Currently, the only fares that I have seen better than this (that didn't have a return flight at 6 AM Sunday morning) are out of Chicago, both airports.
Edit: gluten to glutton. fair to fare. I don't know how a sports blog would ever survive without our resident administrative assistants staying on top of the grammatical miscues.