The University of Cincinnati Bearcats will play six home games in the newly renovated and expanded Nippert Stadium, as the Bearcats released their 2015 football schedule Thursday.
After 9-4 a year ago, winning a share of the American Athletic Conference crown and earning a spot in the Military Bowl, the Bearcats have three first time opponents (Alabama A&M, at BYU, UCF) and three weeknight nationally televised games (at Memphis, Miami Fla., at USF).
UC will open up Nippert Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5 against Alabama A&M. Nipper Stadium, one of the oldest stadiums in college football, is undergoing an $86-million renovation which has seen the construction of a new west pavilion, the addition of suites and seats and extensive renovations to concourses and fan amenities.
The Bearcats open up conference play the following weekend, taking on Temple on Saturday, Sept. 12. UC will hit the road for the first time to face longtime rival Miami (Ohio) in the 120th Battle for the Victory Bell on Sept. 19.
A Thursday night ESPN matchup against Memphis in the Liberty Bowl follows on Sept. 24. Memphis handed UC its only loss in conference play a year ago and the two schools shared the league title with UCF.
The Bearcats will play a non-conference game on Oct. 1, welcoming the Miami Hurricanes to Cincinnati for the first time since 1998. The two schools will square off in prime time on ESPN to close out a two-year home-and-home series.
UC has its lone bye week of the season ahead of an Oct. 17 matchup at BYU. It will be the first meeting between the two schools and will be the Bearcats first-ever game in the state of Utah.
Cincinnati will play back in conference play with a two-game homestand to close out October, facing off against UConn on Oct. 24 and UCF on Halloween.
The Bearcats play three of four games on the road in November, starting with a Nov. 7 game at Houston, prior to the home finale against Tulsa on Nov. 14. Trips to USF on Friday, Nov. 20 and East Carolina on Nov. 28 close out the regular season.
The new season also marks a new divisional alignment for the league and the inaugural American Athletic Conference Football Championship, which will be played at the home site of one of the two division winners Saturday, Dec. 5. UC will be in the American Conference East Division with UCF, UConn, East Carolina, USF and Temple. The West Division will consist of Houston, Memphis, Navy, SMU, Tulane and Tusla.?
According to UC, each of the 12 teams in The American will play eight conference games this season, facing the other five teams in its own division, as well as three teams from the other division. The format allows each school to play every conference opponent both at home and on the road at least once in a four-year cycle.
The Bearcats are scheduled to begin spring ball on Feb. 27, 2015 with the 15-practice session closing out on April 4. UC will hold its spring game on Saturday, April 4 at 1 p.m. ET inside the Sheakley Athletics Center.For more information visit GoBEARCATS.com
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