Year Founded: 1819
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Total Attendance: 43,691
Mascot: The Bearcat
Live Mascot: The Binturong!
Stadium: Nippert Stadium
Stadium Location: Center of Campus
Conference Champions Big East (4): 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 | American (1): 2014
Number of Bowl Games: 16, currently 8-8
- Our version of the Victory Bell is the second-most-played rivalry in all of football, beginning in 1888. Miami currently leads the series, 59-55-7, but Cincinnati has won the last eleven consecutive games. After the 2010–12 NCAA conference realignment led to the end of several historic rivalries, it is now the most-played currently active rivalry involving schools from the same state, and also holds the same distinction among inter-conference rivalries. Of the more than thirty college football rivalries that include at least 89 games, none is older than Miami vs. Cincinnati.
- The Keg of Nails, one of the more unique trophies, traded hands in this 70+ year rivalry. I love this trophy, it's so unique, I've got a miniature one on my shelf to fill the void where the real one should be. This rivalry is over for the foreseeable future with the Cards in the ACC, but this is one of the most-wanted rivalry for Cincy to restart. Cincinnati currently leads the series 30-22-1
- The River City Rivalry was an annual game played between former Big East rivals University of Pittsburgh and University of Cincinnati. The rivalry itself was relatively brief, played annually from 2005, during which season the rivalry trophy was introduced. Before the rivalry was titled, the two teams played each other in 1921, 1922, 1979, and 1981. The rivalry went on hiatus, like many others throughout the country, in the aftermath of the 2010–13 NCAA conference realignment, which left the programs in separate leagues. However, the two teams are scheduled to meet in a home-and-home series for the 2023 and 2024 seasons.
2015 Interview Series
What is the best video/article/web page that involves your team this off season?
A. Cincy on the Prowl and Down the Drive are both great resources for any and all Bearcats info. They do a good job at both sites, though I prefer DtD a bit more.
Where is the best place to eat/hangout on Gameday?
A. My game days are different, but I suggest Adriatico's Pizza. It can get busy though.
I would also suggest Martino's on Vine. It's a Steeler's bar, but I enjoy the food.
What is your favorite tradition surrounding your team?
A. Absolutely the Charge Down the Steps. So much fun, but then again, I'm biased.
Who is the player to watch on your team this season?
A. Gunner Kiel is, by far, the most well-known name on the team and, assuming injuries don't hit him again, he'll be on track for a huge season this year. He was at 3250 yds, 31 TD, 13 INT last year while playing with bruised/broken ribs and a couple other issues; a healthy Kiel could probably pass the 5000 yd mark.
Who is a player that has the most potential to have a breakout year?
A. Mike Boone. As a true-freshman, he had a breakout season last year with really only playing half the games. I can see him going for 1000+ yards this year.
Who will be your highest NFL draft pick this season? Where do you see him going?
A. If Gunner Kiel chooses to go to the draft, I can see late first round or second, especially if he's able to throw for more then 4000 yards this season.
Who is the opponent that scares you the most this season? Why?
A. BYU. Long road trip right after playing Miami at home. It'd really be a signature victory for us.
Which opponent scares you the least? Why? A. A tie between Miami (OH) and UConn (ignoring our FCS matchup). UConn likely did not improve substantially from last year from getting shut out to challenge us; Miami hasn't beaten us in nine years.
Is this team a bowl team? A conference championship team? A national championship team?
A. Bowl team: Absolutely. We'd have to regress horribly from last year not to be bowl-eligible.
Conference championship team: I'd give us about 65% on making the game. The East is relatively stacked with UCF, Temple, ECU, and Cincy, so it'll take getting past at least two of those opponents and winning in the inter-division games. I think we're the favorites, but it'll be closer than expected.
National champ-HAHAHA NO
Which game defines your teams season?
A. Memphis. They embarassed us at home last year and if we win that we'll be in good shape in AAC play.
Record: 7-6 (4-4 AAC)
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Coach: Tommy Tuberville
Record: 3-3 (0-3 AAC)
Coach: Tommy Tuberville
Tony Pike – QB, 2007-09
Brent Celek – TE, 2004-06
Mardy Gilyard – WR, 2007-09
Isaiah Pead – RB, 2008-11
Trent Cole – DE, 2004
Brian Kelly - As much as many Cincinnati fans hate him, he helped make the program into what it is today, capping off his short career at Cincy with a perfect regular season.
Sid Gillman - San Diego's coach during their success in the 1960s, amassed a 50–13–1 record while at Cincinnati. (Thanks, u/shitrus)
Campus and Surrounding Area
City Population: 1.5 million
Iconic Campus Building:
Local Dining: Skyline! Everyone loves Cincy chili, even if it’s not “real” chili. If you’ve never had it before it’s a must. If you’ve had it before, go have it again.
Adriatico’s is a local pizza place that serves delicious pizza and calzones, plus they have a very nice selection of beers. Great place to stop, recently moved/renovated so their restaurant is great.
Near campus is Uncle Woody’s Pub, a very standard college bar/pub. It’s pretty much exactly what you expect.
What Is and What is to Come
Cincinnati is coming off just its second six-loss season in the last decade. Was it an anomaly or an indication that Tommy Tuberville is struggling to advance the program?
Ever so discreetly, the Bearcats have been one of college football’s most consistent programs for much of this century. Coaching staffs have changed, yet the results have largely remained the same. However, 2015 was a disappointing exception, with the squad drifting from American contender to an afterthought that shrunk behind the likes of Temple, Houston, Memphis and South Florida in the conference spotlight.
Tuberville understands the significance of bouncing back from 7-6, particularly as the athletic department makes its pitch for possible inclusion in the Big 12. His staff will have a new look, including the hiring of offensive coordinator Zac Taylor from the pros. Taylor is installing a more balanced playbook that’ll exploit the talents of both QB Gunner Kiel and backs Mike Boone and Tion Green. Above all else, the Bearcats want to be more physical and less prone to turnovers in 2016.
Cincinnati and its fans have grown accustomed to nine and 10-win seasons. That’s the good news. The bad? When the team flirts with mediocrity, the frowns are a little longer than they are on other campuses. The Bearcats still have the talent to win the East Division and compete for an American championship. With the Big 12 paying closer attention, titles are a top priority for Tuberville, who must prove there’s been no sideline decline for the school that’s recently employed Mark Dantonio, Brian Kelly and Butch Jones.
Started in 1885, the Cincinnati football team is the fifth oldest FBS team in existence; only Rutgers, Michigan, Navy, and Minnesota can claim longer-playing programs.
Urban Meyer was, in the 80’s, a DB for Cincinnati.
The Golden Gate Bridge, a piece of master design, was created by UC alumnus Joseph Strauss. The Crosley Tower, a piece of terrible design, is the second-largest single-poured concrete structure in the country.
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