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Duquesne opens at ODU, play five at home

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Duquesne football will try to build off a Northeast Conference co-championship last season in its 11-game 2012 schedule announced on Friday.

The Dukes will play five home games, including a Nov. 10 match-up against Albany. The two programs shared the 2011 NEC title, but the Great Danes earned the conference's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs as a result of their win in the head-to-head meeting.

Duquesne also will host Dayton (Sept. 8) in non-conference action and NEC opponents Saint Francis (Sept. 29, Homecoming), Sacred Heart (Oct. 20) and Monmouth (Oct. 27).

The Dukes will open the season at Old Dominion on Sept. 1 and also go to Valparaiso on Sept. 15. In NEC action, they will travel to Bryant (Sept. 22), Central Connecticut State (Oct. 13), Robert Morris (Nov. 3) and Wagner (Nov. 17).

The Dukes won their final five games to finish 9-2, including 7-1 in the NEC, last season. Head coach Jerry Schmitt is entering his eighth season.

2012 Duquesne Football Schedule

All Times ET

Sept. 1, at Old Dominion, Norfolk, Va.

Sept. 8, DAYTON, Pittsburgh, noon

Sept. 15, at Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Ind.

Sept. 22, at Bryant*, Smithfield, R.I., 1 p.m.

Sept. 29, SAINT FRANCIS* (Homecoming), Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Oct. 13, at Central Connecticut State*, New Britain, Conn.

Oct. 20, SACRED HEART*, Pittsburgh, noon

Oct. 27, MONMOUTH*, Pittsburgh, noon

Nov. 3, Robert Morris*, Moon Township, Pa.

Nov. 10, ALBANY*, Pittsburgh, noon

Nov. 17, at Wagner*, Staten Island, N.Y.

* - Northeast Conference game

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