Duquesne’s 2020 football schedule will be one of Jerry Schmitt’s most challenging in his 16 seasons as head coach of the Dukes.
The Dukes will open the 2020 season with three straight road games, with two of them against FBS teams. Duquesne will start the season on Sept. 5 with a matchup in Colorado against Air Force, which is coming off a 2019 record of 11-2 and a win against Washington State in the Cheez-It-Bowl. Air Force finished the 2019 season ranked in both the AP and USA Today Coaches poll.
The following week, Schmitt’s team will travel to Ohio to take on Youngstown State, a program that will be a mainstay on the Dukes schedule for the next few seasons. The three-game road trip concludes on September 19 when Duquesne travels to South Carolina to take on Coastal Carolina.
A few highlights of Duquesne’s five-game home schedule include its home opener on September 26 against Virginia University of Lynchburg. The Duquesne/RMU rivalry will continue on Oct. 10 at Rooney Field and the home portion of the schedule concludes on Nov. 14 against Bryant.
Duquesne 2020 Schedule:
September 5- at Air Force
September 12- at Youngstown State
September 19- at Coastal Carolina
September 26- Virginia University of Lynchburg (Home Opener)
October 3- at Central Connecticut*
October 10- Robert Morris*
October 17- at Wagner*
October 24- Sacred Heart*
October 31- LIU*
November 14- Bryant*
November 21- at St. Francis, PA
Duquesne 2020 schedule Odds & Ends:
*Dukes games against Air Force, Coastal Carolina and Virginia University of Lynchburg will be the first time these programs have met.
*Duquesne’s game against Air Force will be their first ever against any of the service academies.
*This will be the fifth all-time meeting between Duquesne and Youngstown State with the Penguins leading the all-time series 4-0. Last season, Youngstown State beat Duquesne, 34-14.
*Duquesne has won nine straight home games against Robert Morris but the Colonials are coming off of a 7-5 record, their most wins since 2010.