CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The University of Cincinnati has released its 2011 football schedule, which includes two home games at Paul Brown Stadium and two games on ESPN.
UC opens the season against Austin Peay State University on Thursday, Sept. 1, plays host to The University of Akron on Saturday, Sept. 17, and North Carolina State University on Thursday, Sept. 22, which will be aired on ESPN. In between the first two games, the Bearcats will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to face the University of Tennessee on Saturday, Sept. 10.
After the annual Battle for the Victory Bell against Miami University in Oxford on Saturday, Oct. 1, the Bearcats will play the first of their two Paul Brown Stadium games, welcoming the University of Louisville in their Big East Conference opener and Battle for the Keg of Nails on Saturday, Sept. 15.
The team will close out its regular-season schedule in Nippert Stadium against the University of Connecticut on Saturday, Dec. 3, a game that will be aired on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
"We've opted to move contests against a pair of our traditional rivals to allow more of our fans to enjoy the experience of these games," Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said. "We anticipate the demand for these games exceeding the capacity in our on-campus stadium, but we have a great solution not far off our campus that will allow for more fans to attend the game, more parking and tailgating, and NFL-quality stadium amenities."
The two games in Paul Brown Stadium will be the most UC has played in the downtown Cincinnati stadium in one season. UC faced Ohio State University there in 2002 and played host to the University of Oklahoma in 2010.
"We're very excited about this comprehensive and competitive schedule," head football coach Butch Jones said. "It allows us to compete on a national stage in the non-conference in games at Tennessee and at home in Nippert Stadium against a very strong ACC opponent like NC State, live in front of the entire nation on ESPN. This coupled with playing in one of the most competitive football conferences in America is reason for excitement while also allowing continued development and growth in our program.
Game times and additional television opportunities will be released at a later date.