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Duquesne football to face two FBS opponents in 2018, including trip to Hawaii

Chris Adamski
| Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 4:54 p.m.
Duquesne running back A.J. Hines won the Jerry Rice Award last season as the top freshman in FCS.
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Duquesne running back A.J. Hines won the Jerry Rice Award last season as the top freshman in FCS.

Duquesne football will step up in class in 2018 — twice. Including a trip to Honolulu.

The Dukes will play Football Bowl Subdivision opponents for the second and third time in school history this season, the highlights of the schedule released Wednesday.

Duquesne visit Hawaii on Sept. 22 and Massachusetts to open its season Aug. 25. The game against Hawaii is the program's first game west of the Rocky Mountains in 71 years. The matchup against UMass marks the earliest during a calendar year the Dukes have started a season.

Teams that make the trip to Hawaii are permitted to play during college football's "Week 0," a week before other teams (Labor Day weekend).

Before this season, the only previous game Duquesne had played against an FBS team was the 2014 opener at Buffalo.

The Dukes' 2018 home opener is against Division II Lock Haven on Sept. 1. Other nonconference games are at home the next two weeks against Valparaiso (Sept. 8) and Dayton (Sept. 15).

Coming to Rooney Field in Northeast Conference play are Bryant (Oct. 8), Robert Morris (Nov. 13) and Sacred Heart (Nov. 17).

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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