Duquesne football will take part in their first live action in 470 days when the Dukes take to Rooney Field on Sunday, March 7, after the Northeast Conference’s 2020 season was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The NEC and most other FCS conferences have elected to play their 2020 seasons in the spring of 2021 instead. The Dukes will play an abbreviated four-game schedule.
Duquesne will open its season on March 7 against Sacred Heart. They will then travel to Long Island to face the Wagner Seahawks on Sunday, March 14, before hosting the Long Island Sharks on March 21. They will conclude their regular season in Rhode Island against the Bryant Bulldogs on March 28.
Following the four-game regular season, the top two seeds will play in the NEC championship to determine who qualifies for the conference’s automatic bid for the NCAA tournament.
The Dukes finished the 2019 season with a 6-5 record after starting the season 6-2 with a disappointing three-game slide to close the year after an injury to starting quarterback Daniel Parr. Duquesne won the NEC in 2018 with a 9-4 overall record, and won its first FCS playoff game.