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Cincy getting a home game vs. Alabama would be huge for Bearcats

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban recently was quoted saying all power conference schools should play entire schedules made up of power conference opponents. It may sound like a good idea, but it is one that is clearly not likely to happen. Even Alabama is not following that idea while discussing future opponents, at least according to one Cincinnati-based reporter.

According to Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Alabama and Cincinnati are having talks about a potential scheduling agreement that could bring the Crimson Tide up to the state of Ohio for a game.

That would be nice of course, especially for Cincinnati. It is not often SEC powers travel up into the north for road games, although Alabama has not shied away from the idea under Saban (Alabama has played at Penn State and the Crimson Tide do take their show on the road for neutral site games). It would not be completely out of the realm of possibility to see Saban and Alabama make a trip into Ohio, a state ripe with football talent. It may not be Ohio State, but Cincinnati could be one of the top programs in the American Athletic Conference for years to come (unless an invite from the Big 12 ever shows up in the inbox). For Cincinnati to get a true home game against Alabama would be a pretty big deal too. Cincinnati has scheduled home games against programs like Purdue, North Carolina State and Oregon State in recent years, but a chance to get to host a blue blood in the sport in Nippert Stadium would be something else.

Cincinnati had a home-and-home series with Oklahoma in 2008 and 2010, but the home game for Cincinnati was moved to Paul Brown Stadium, home of the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals. A home date against Ohio State in 2002 was also moved to the NFL venue. It would not be a surprise to see similar treatment for a home game against Alabama, which makes even the hint of a Nippert Stadium deal a big deal for Cincinnati fans. But, alas, it is important to keep in mind this is nothing but a mild scheduling rumor at this point in time. It has legs to walk on though. Alabama needs a 2015 non-conference opponent and Cincinnati is re-opening their renovated stadium.

Cincinnati currently has schedule openings on September 12 and 26 in 2015. They also host Miami (and Miami Ohio and Alabama A&M), so it could be quite the attractive home schedule if Alabama is added. Alabama has a vacancy on September 12, 2015. It could work.

Alabama is 4-0 in the all-time series between the two schools. Alabama has played host in three of the four games played between 1982 and 1990, outscoring the Bearcats by a combined 140-27.

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10 Responses to “Cincy getting a home game vs. Alabama would be huge for Bearcats”
  1. hcassidy73 says: Jun 20, 2014 7:30 PM

    It’s never going to happen. Bama was supposed to play Michigan State that weekend(had a home and home set up) until Alabama felt it was better for MSU to play at a neutral site and at Tuscaloosa. So if anyone thinks Bama is stepping into Nippert or Paul Brown Stadium needs to go see a Doctor.

  2. barkleyblows says: Jun 20, 2014 7:43 PM

    Ohhhhhhhhh wow a tough road game against Cincinnati. Nick Satan is a hypocritical D Bag.

  3. planecrashguy says: Jun 20, 2014 10:04 PM

    A trip to UC for Ala would be all about recruiting, great high school talent in Cincinnati and Northern KY. It would also piss off Urban Meyer.

  4. tampabayirish says: Jun 21, 2014 1:53 AM

    Well if it would piss off Urban Meyer than it is definitely worth doing.

  5. Tim's Neighbor says: Jun 21, 2014 3:08 AM

    I, for one, find it hard to believe that Alabama would ever play a non-power conference team. Can you even imagine? Glad they’re not one of those teams that plays FBS teams.

  6. dcroz says: Jun 21, 2014 8:20 AM

    The Alabama Goliath has went on the road to play David before, usually when the game was played at an NFL venue. During the ’80s and early ’90s, ‘Bama played at Cincinnati, at Rutgers, and at Temple with each of those games being at the home stadia of the Bengals, Eagles, and Giants, respectively. Don’t forget that the Tide also played at Duke in 2010, though it tried to have the game moved to Charlotte or Atlanta, and ‘Bama did go to Lafayette to play the Rajun Cajuns in their 25,000-seat stadium in 1989.

    But the most interesting thing about this regardless of the venue is the Bearcats’ coach: Tommy Tuberville. Tubs was the one who led Auburn during its six-game winning streak over the Tide from 2002-07, and loved letting ‘Bama Nation knowing about it. It finally ended (both the streak and his time on the Plains) in a 36-0 woodshedding in Tuscaloosa in 2008, so don’t think he wouldn’t like a shot at revenge. Also, Tuberville has been known for beating teams no one gave him a chance against, so this could be a bigger game than people think. Personally, I would like to see this matchup happen.

  7. dcroz says: Jun 21, 2014 8:21 AM

    That should say, Bengals, Giants, and Eagles, respectively.

  8. dmcgrann says: Jun 21, 2014 10:21 AM

    Even if Alabama did agree to go to Cincinnati, would they really consider playing at Nippert? Even after expansion, they’ll only have 40,000 seats. From a game atmosphere standpoint, I can see why UC would like to play at Nippert, but I’d think the money potential would be better at Paul Brown.

  9. patbocam says: Jun 21, 2014 5:15 PM

    Nick Saban is 3-4 against Tommy Tuberville. I like the bearcats chances of covering the spread at home.

  10. Deb says: Jun 21, 2014 5:34 PM

    Saban and Bama choose their matchups based on what’s best for the university from a financial and recruiting standpoint. And they’re in an advantageous position when it comes to negotiating venues. If Cincy can put together a good deal for the Tide, Saban won’t hesitate to venture north. And as dcroz says, I wouldn’t underestimate Tubby’s ability to make a game of it.

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