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AAC announced hurricane-related adjustment to league slate

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Several FBS games were affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma the first two weeks of the college football season.  Wednesday, one conference took significant steps to get their games in, although there’s still one left to take.

South Florida’s Week 2 game against UConn was postponed as the Bulls prepared for Irma to hit the Tampa area.  The AAC has now announced that game will be played on Nov. 4, which triggered the adjustment of a handful of other games in the conference involving not only those two schools but Cincinnati, East Carolina and Houston as well.

Below are all of the scheduling changes made by the league in an effort to get all AAC games played this season.

UConn will host ECU Sunday, Sept. 24 (replacing an open date) and will host USF Saturday, Nov. 4 (replacing the original date of the ECU game). The game will be played on a Sunday due to the unavailability of Pratt & Whitney Stadium on Saturday.

USF will host Cincinnati Saturday, Oct. 14 (replacing a previously scheduled game against Massachusetts), will host Houston Saturday, Oct. 28 (replacing the original game against Cincinnati), and will play at UConn Saturday, Nov. 4 (replacing the original game against Houston).

Cincinnati will play at USF Saturday, Oct. 14 and will have its open date Oct. 28 (replacing an Oct. 14 open date and the game at USF Oct. 28).

ECU will visit UConn Sunday, Sept. 24 (replacing an open date), will have an open date Saturday, Oct. 28 (replacing a game against Houston), and will play at Houston Saturday, Nov. 4 (replacing the previously scheduled game against UConn).

Houston will play at USF Saturday, Oct. 28 (instead of Nov. 4) and will host ECU Saturday, Nov. 4 (instead of Oct. 28).

Still left to be rescheduled is the Memphis-UCF game, which was postponed last weekend as well because of Irma.

“I would like to thank our presidents, athletic directors and our head football coaches for their outstanding collaboration and cooperation to resolve this unprecedented situation in as fair a manner as possible,” said commissioner Mike Aresco in a statement. “I would also like to acknowledge and thank Ryan Bamford of UMass for his cooperation and understanding. This was not an easy process, but we feel that this revised schedule is a significant step toward giving us the best opportunity to decide our champion on the field.”


Cincinnati and Miami Ohio extend series through 2029

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The Battle for the Victory Bell will continue to be fought through at least 2029. Cincinnati and Miami Ohio have announced they will continue to play on an annual basis through 2029 in quite the long-term scheduling arrangement. The rivalry extends back to 1888 and shows no signs of being abandoned any time soon.

As part of the new scheduling agreement to keep the series going through the next decade and beyond, each school will get five home games and three games will be played in Paul Brown Stadium, the NFL home of the Cincinnati Bengals. Paul Brown Stadium will host the rivalry in 2018, 2022, and 2026. Miami will serve as the home team in 2018 and 2022 in the NFL venue.

Here is the updated series schedule between Cincinnati and Miami, starting with this week’s upcoming matchup at Miami.

Upcoming Series Dates
Sept. 16, 2017 at Miami
Sept. 8, 2018 at Paul Brown Stadium
Sept. 14, 2019 at Cincinnati
Sept. 19, 2020 at Miami
Sept. 4, 2021 at Cincinnati
Sept. 17, 2022 at Paul Brown Stadium
Sept. 16, 2023 at Cincinnati
Sept. 14, 2024 at Miami
Sept. 6, 2025 at Cincinnati
Sept. 19, 2026 at Paul Brown Stadium
Sept. 11, 2027 at Miami
Sept. 9, 2028 at Cincinnati
Sept. 8, 2029 at Miami

Miami leads the all-time series 59-55-7, but Cincinnati is enjoying a winning streak of 11 wins in the series.

No. 8 Michigan still shows room to improve on offense in win vs. Cincinnati

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A week after the defense set the tone in a season-opening win against the Florida Gators, No. 8 Michigan (2-0) once again could count on the defense to get the job done in their home opener against Cincinnati (1-1). In a 36-14 win in The Big House, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh still has some work to do to get the offense in gear.

Michigan’s defense accounted for two touchdowns, with Tyree Kinnel and Lavert Hill each recording a pick-six. Wilton Speight had a nice day in the box score with 221 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns, but there is still some passes that were off the mark and could use some polish. Ty Isaac led all players with 133 rushing yards, with 53 coming on one run. Of the 192 rushing yards Michigan compiled as a team, 97 of those yards came on two separate runs. The Wolverines converted just five of 15 third-down conversion attempts, and Michigan was flagged for seven penalties.

But defensively, the Wolverines have not skipped a beat this season. Through two games, the Wolverines have showed some of the best defense in the nation, thus putting to rest any concerns about the roster turnover from a year ago. That defense will see better tests coming their way though, as neither Florida or Cincinnati was expected to do much on offense against Michigan in the first two weeks. Air Force will present a different offensive style, but Michigan should have the depth to preview once again even if the offense is not clicking as desired.

Cincinnati hung around into the second half, cutting a Michigan lead to 17-14 in the third quarter, but the Bearcats simply could not keep any momentum with their own shaky play going up against a solid Michigan defense.

Michigan will stay home next week for a game against Air Force. Cincinnati will remain on the road but will stay in state to face Miami Ohio.

Tyree Kinnel pick-six helps Michigan to 17-7 halftime lead vs. Cincy

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A week after flexing their defensive muscle against Florida, the Michigan Wolverines appear to be in pretty good form once again on the defensive side of the football. The offense is a bit of a different story, but Michigan still owns a 17-7 halftime advantage against Cincinnati in Ann Arbor.

The Wolverines started well with a touchdown on the opening drive of the game, but the only other touchdown scored by the Wolverines came courtesy of the defense. Tyree Kinnel picked off a pass from Hayden Moore of Cincinnati and returned it 28 yards for a 14-0 lead.

Cincinnati took advantage of a special teams turnover by on a Michigan punt return. Cincy Tyrell came up with the loose football to give the Bearcats possession at the Michigan 38-yard line. A drawn-out nine plays later, Cincinnati punched the ball across the goal line on a Mike Boone run (which needed to be upheld by video replay) to cut the Michigan lead to 14-7 at the time late in the first quarter.

The Wolverines would later tack on a field goal, but the offense hit a wall in the second quarter and still seems to strugle to find some consistency. Michigan went 4-for-8 on third down conversion attempts and Michigan’s offense has turned the ball over once.

Will it all come together in the second half?

Cincinnati new home for transferring Penn State CB T.J. Johnson

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Monday, it was confirmed that T.J. Johnson had decided to transfer from Penn State.  Three days later, the cornerback has announced his landing spot.

On his personal Twitter account Thursday night, Johnson revealed that he has “decided to pursue a different path and new opportunity at the University of Cincinnati.” “I feel that this is the right decision for me and the individuals who have supported me,” the defensive back added.

Johnson will be forced to sit out the 2017 season with the Bearcats.  He will then have three years of eligibility he can use starting with the 2018 season.

A three-star member of the Nittany Lions’ 2016 recruiting class, Johnson was rated as the No. 70 player at any position in the state of Ohio.  As a true freshman last season, Johnson didn’t see the playing field.

The crowded defensive backfield in Happy Valley that kept him off the field last year triggered his decision to transfer this year.