CINCINNATI, OH (WXIX) - The 2019 schedule for the University of Cincinnati football team was released Tuesday by American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco.
All six of the Bearcats’ home games will take place at Nippert Stadium with six road contests rounding out the campaign. Due to the way the calendar falls, the season will feature two bye weeks. UC will be off the weekends of Sept. 21 and Oct. 26.
The season opens with a visit from UCLA on Thursday, Aug. 29 in front of a nationally-televised audience on ESPN.
The Bearcats will head up I-71 the following week to face Ohio State in Columbus on Saturday, Sept. 7. The 124th Battle for the Victory Bell against Miami (OH) returns to Nippert Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Following a bye, UC closes out non-league play on the road at Marshall on Saturday, Sept. 28. American Athletic Conference games get started the following weekend with a visit from two-time defending conference champion UCF on Friday, Oct. 4 at Nippert.
UC heads to Houston on Saturday, Oct. 12 and welcomes Tulsa to Cincinnati on Saturday, Oct. 19 ahead of the second bye week of the season.
The final five weeks of the regular season features a trip to ECU on Saturday, Nov. 2, a home game against UConn on Saturday, Nov. 9, a game in Tampa, Florida, against USF on Saturday, Nov. 16, the home finale on Saturday, Nov. 23 against Temple and a nationally-televised, day after Thanksgiving contest at Memphis on Friday, Nov. 29.
Three games, the season opener against UCLA (ESPN), the Friday-night matchup against UCF (ESPN Networks) and the regular-season finale at Memphis (ESPN Networks) will be nationally televised.
Times and TV networks for the games at Ohio State and vs. Miami (OH) will be announced in June and the remaining games will be announced through the 12-day/6-day window process.
Cincinnati finished the season with 11 or more wins for the third time in program history (2008, 2009) and knocked off Virginia Tech in the 2018 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman.
Looking ahead at 2019, UC is set to return more than 85% of its roster, over 5,000 yards of total offense, 10 of its Top-15 tacklers and 14 starters from the 2018 squad.
2019 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
DAY, DATE: OPPONENT (LOCATION) - TV
Thu., Aug. 29: UCLA (Nippert Stadium) – ESPN
Sat., Sept. 7: at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio)
Sat., Sept. 14: MIAMI (OH) (Nippert Stadium)
Sat., Sept. 28: @ Marshall (Huntington, W.Va.)
Fri., Oct. 4: UCF * (Nippert Stadium) – ESPN Networks
Sat., Oct. 12: @ Houston * (Houston, Texas)
Sat., Oct. 19: TULSA * (Nippert Stadium)
Sat., Nov. 2: @ ECU * (Greenville, N.C.)
Sat., Nov. 9: UCONN * (Nippert Stadium)
Sat., Nov. 16: @ USF * (Tampa, Fla.)
Sat., Nov. 23: TEMPLE * (Nippert Stadium)
Fri., Nov. 29: @ Memphis * (Memphis, Tenn.) – ESPN Networks
*-American Athletic Conference Game
[Release from the University of Cincinnati athletic department]