Our scheduling news mini-bonanza continues this evening, with a Big East school (for now) announcing a future one-and-done against a member of the Big Ten.
In a press release, Cincinnati announced that they have reached an agreement on a 2017 game against Michigan. The game will be played Sept. 9 in Ann Arbor.
There will be no return football game for the Bearcats, who will receive a $1.2 million payout from the Wolverines for their travel troubles. There will be, however, a future hoops home-and-home and if you want to read about that sport go HERE.
“It is ideally our preference to sign home and home non-conference games,” UC athletic director Whit Babcock said. “However, the chance for our fans to have a relatively short drive to see us play a great opponent, plus the men’s basketball scheduling component above and beyond the single football game in Ann Arbor, made it a good one-off decision for us.
“I want to thank Deputy Director of Athletics Bob Arkeilpane for his creativity in getting this deal done from our side and to thank Michigan’s Dave Brandon and his administrative team for their collaboration. We will continue to look at the best scheduling opportunities for UC moving forward and for the chance to promote the Bearcats on a national stage.”
The 2017 game will mark the first-ever meeting between the two football programs.
That game will also mark the fifth time the Bearcats will face a Big Ten school this decade. UC is scheduled to host Purdue in the 2013 opener and will return the travel favor for the 2016 season opener, with road games at Illinois (2013) and Ohio State (2014) in between. Additionally, the Bearcats will travel to Columbus to face the Buckeyes in 2018.