Cincinnati Bearcats Wish For Series with Ohio State Buckeyes

By Tim Letcher
Paul Frederiksen, USA TODAY SPORTS

Now that Tommy Tuberville is settled in as the new head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats, many UC fans are wondering if Tuberville will approach “that team to the north” to see if they would like to put together a football series.

The team to the north is, of course, the Ohio State Buckeyes, the powerhouse program in the state, and one that Cincinnati fans would love to see on the Bearcats’ schedule. Especially if Urban Meyer and his team would be willing to play a home-and-home series with UC.

Cincinnati and Ohio State have a limited history against each other. The two teams have met 15 times, with Ohio State holding a 13-2 advantage in the series. In fact, Cincinnati’s last win against Ohio State came in 1897 (a 34-0 win). Cincinnati’s other win over Ohio State came the previous year, an 8-6 win in 1896.

In recent years, the schools have played sporadically. In 1999, the 12th-ranked Buckeyes beat UC 34-20 in Columbus. In 2002, Ohio State squeaked out a 23-19 win over the Bearcats at Paul Brown Stadium in the Queen City. In 2004, No. 9 Ohio State beat Cincinnati 27-6 at the Horseshoe. And in 2006, the top-ranked Buckeyes downed UC 37-7, once again in Columbus.

Since that time, the teams have not played, and some UC supporters have accused Ohio State of ducking the up-and-coming Bearcats. Ohio State is on the 2014 Cincinnati schedule, the game is in Columbus. That has been the recent trend between these two schools.

Expanded conference schedules make non-conference scheduling very important in today’s Football Bowl Subdivision world. That fact is working against a UC-OSU series. Cincinnati wanting a home game in the series is also working against the two teams getting together. Those are the reasons that these local rivals don’t play more often.

However, if Meyer and Tuberville could work it out, a series between the schools would be great for the state of Ohio.

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