Cincinnati Football: Bearcats get ready to renew conference rivalry with West Virginia

Cincinnati Bearcats take on Iowa State Cyclones at Nippert Stadium in 2023.
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After not playing for over a decade, the Cincinnati Bearcats are ready to renew their storied rivalry with the West Virginia Mountaineers this weekend!

Make sure to preview the road trip to Morgantown with the most recent odds, players to watch, quotes and more as the Bearcats travel to West Virginia.

Scott Satterfield’s team should stay within striking distance but it will be difficult to pull off the upset over a quality opponent in a hostile environment.

The most recent meeting against rival West Virginia took place in 2011 when the Bearcats came up just short in a 24-21 loss at Paul Brown Stadium.

Cincinnati Football: Bearcats get ready to renew rivalry with West Virginia

  • Date: Saturday, November 18 at 2:30 PM
  • Location: Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown
  • Series History: West Virginia leads 16-3-1
  • TV Broadcast: ESPN+ and fuboTV

Cincinnati is coming off a win against the Houston Cougars last weekend, while West Virginia suffered a blowout loss to the Oklahoma Sooners on the road.

Even though it has been a frustrating season so far, the Bearcats showed a lot of resiliency in a win over Houston and are hoping to compete at West Virginia.

Players to watch in the matchup include Cincinnati right guard Luke Kandra, running back Corey Kiner, safety Deshawn Pace and cornerback Jordan Young.

The Bearcats opened as 6.5-point underdogs against West Virginia with the over/under currently placed at 54.5 total points according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Cincinnati Football: Players to watch in must-see matchup against West Virginia

During the pregame press conference in recent days, Satterfield previewed the meeting at West Virginia and discussed the rivalry per Bearcats Athletics.

The storied rivalry dates back more than a century ago when West Virginia hosted Cincinnati in 1921 and eventually won the first four meetings.

"“We talked about West Virginia being a team that Cincinnati has history with. We have not done well against West Virginia but it will be a natural rivalry as we move forward into the Big 12. A team that is certainly very close to us on the East Coast. Both fan bases and programs. This is going to be a great game that we’ll play each and every year. We’re continuing to build, come together and start playing for each other. I think you saw that Saturday. It was really the first time the guys were doing that and playing complimentary football. We played disciplined, which we haven’t done for most of this year.”"

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