March 7, 2018
2018 SCHEDULE (PDF)
PITTSBURGH - Two games against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents including a road contest at Hawaii highlight the 2018 Duquesne football schedule released today.
The Dukes will travel to the Aloha State for the first time to face the Rainbow Warriors on Sept. 22. In addition, Duquesne will open the 2018 slate at UMass on Aug. 25, the earliest game in program history.
Duquesne's matchup with Hawaii in Honolulu will be the program's first contest west of the Rocky Mountains since 1947 when the Dukes played at San Francisco. DU is also scheduled to take on the Rainbow Warriors in 2022.
The Dukes' game at UMass is one of four games scheduled as part of college football's "Week 0" on Aug. 25. Duquesne has never faced the Minutemen, who compete as an FBS independent. UMass, which won an FCS title in 1998, moved to the FBS prior to the 2012 season. The Minutemen open the season with the Dukes and close the 2018 campaign against defending Southeastern Conference (SEC) champion and national runner-up Georgia.
These two contests are the second and third games, respectively, for Duquesne against FBS opponents in program history. The Dukes' first game against an FBS program was a matchup with Buffalo to open the 2014 season.
Following the trip to UMass, DU will return to Pittsburgh to host three straight non-conference contests. The Dukes battle first-time opponent Lock Haven in the 2018 home opener on Sept. 1 before welcoming Pioneer League (PFL) foes Valparaiso (Sept. 8) and Dayton (Sept. 15) to Arthur J. Rooney Field. Duquesne bested both teams on the road last season, including a 45-40 win at Valpo and a 28-23 triumph over the Flyers.
After the trip to Hawaii, the Dukes have a bye before opening the six-game Northeast Conference (NEC) slate. Duquesne hosts Bryant on Oct. 6 before taking on both of their NEC Keystone State counterparts in two consecutive weeks, hosting Robert Morris on Oct. 13 and then making the short trek to St. Francis (Pa.) on Oct. 20.
Due to the "Week 0" matchup at UMass, the Dukes have a second bye week in late October before traveling to Staten Island, N.Y. to face Wagner on Nov. 3. DU will then host Sacred Heart on Nov. 10 at Rooney Field followed by a Nov. 17 road tilt against defending NEC champion Central Connecticut State in New Britain, Conn. in the regular season finale. DU secured a share of its fourth NEC title in six seasons with a win over the Blue Devils in the final game of the 2016 campaign.
Duquesne finished with a 7-4 record in 2017 with a 4-2 mark in NEC play. The Dukes, who are scheduled play six games at home in 2018, own a 36-7 record at Rooney Field since the start of the 2010 campaign. DU is 14-1 in non-conference games and 22-6 in NEC contests at home during those seasons.
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- DU will face three first-time opponents in 2018: UMass, Lock Haven and Hawaii.
- The Dukes' Aug. 25 matchup at UMass will be the earliest game played in program history. This is part of college football's "Week 0" which features just four Division I games. As a result of this, Duquesne will have two bye weeks (Sept. 29 & Oct. 27).
- Duquesne's matchups with UMass and Hawaii will be the Dukes' second and third games, respectively, against an FBS opponent after taking on the University at Buffalo in the 2014 season opener. In that game, DU led 28-24 with under 10 minutes left before Buffalo, a Mid-American Conference (MAC) team which was coming off an 8-5 season and bowl appearance, scored a pair of late touchdowns to pull out a 38-28 win. The Dukes also faced FBS-bound Liberty last season, who is in the process of reclassifying into the bowl subdivision.
- The Dukes are also scheduled to travel to Hawaii in 2022. That season, the Rainbow Warriors also host power-five programs Wisconsin and Vanderbilt. Hawaii, a member of the Mountain West Conference, faces seven teams in 2018 who played in a bowl game last season.
- Duquesne is a combined 86-42 all-time against their 2018 opponents.
- DU improved to 3-0 all-time against Valpo with a 45-40 road win on the road last season in a game which featured 1,053 yards of total offense. The Crusaders are coming off their first winning season since 2003.
- This marks the 11th straight year in which the Dukes and Dayton will meet. Duquesne is 6-2 all-time against the Flyers at home in the series which dates back to the 1920 season.
- The Dukes posted a 4-2 mark in NEC action in 2017. Duquesne has captured four NEC titles in the last seven seasons (2011, `13, `15, `16).
- DU's 50 wins since 2011 are the most by any NEC team. Sacred Heart is second in the conference since with 42 victories since 2011 followed by Bryant third with 40 wins.