The Cincinnati Bearcats and Ohio State Buckeyes are set to meeting on the gridiron this season for the first time in nearly a decade. OSU is paying UC over $888,000 to have the game played in Columbus. It was of course originally scheduled for Cincinnati, be it Nippert or Paul Brown Stadium. But the Bucks waved some cash in front of Cincinnati’s face and yada yada yada the game is being played in Ohio Stadium.
Now the kickoff time and network has been revealed. Cincinnati and Ohio State will begin at 6 pm on the Big Ten Network (if the headline wasn’t an indication). The Bearcats and Bucks last met in 2006 with OSU squeaking out a 37-7 victory. If not for Dustin Grutza throwing two picks and Antonio Pittman failing to come down with stomach flu before the game, Cincinnati might have come within earshot of the eventual national championship participants. But that’s why they have rematches.
UC comes into the game with fresh faces at quarterback and defensive tackle but boast a wealth of talent at wide receiver poised to run all around a Kerry Coombs’ coached cornerbacks unit. The former Cincinnati coach was demoted from control of the entire secondary after Ohio State gave up the second most passing yards of any Big Ten team last season. The capper was perhaps the championship game when Michigan State (yes, run-happy Michigan State) threw for over 300 yards on the Buckeyes. Hopefully Gunner Kiel and his slew of wideouts will have similar success.