June 12, 2017
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati and Miami (Ohio) University's 122nd Battle for the Victory Bell will kickoff at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Yager Stadium in Oxford, Ohio.
The game will be televised locally by FOX 19 (WXIX) and is available on ESPN3, WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.
The 8 p.m. kickoff is the first night football game for UC at Yager Stadum since Sept. 28, 2005. The UC-Miami series is the oldest non-conference series in the NCAA FBS, dating back to Dec. 8, 1888 when UC and MU met in the first intercollegiate football game played in the state of Ohio.
Under the direction of Head Coach Luke Fickell, the excitement level for the Bearcats 2017 campaign grows by the day. The Bearcats return 12 starters including defensive tackle and Second-Team All-AAC selection Cortez Broughton along with offensive weapons Mike Boone, Tyler Cogswell, Devin Gray and Kahlil Lewis.
Season-ticket packages start at $99 or $16.50 per game in the Coach's Corner in section 127, 101 and 201. To purchase tickets, visit www.GoBEARCATS.com/tickets or call 1-877-CATS-TIX.
Additional kickoff times and television designations will be announced later, with most falling under the customary 12- and six-day TV window selection process.
// THE VICTORY BELL
· Cincinnati and Miami (Ohio) play annually for the victory bell.
· The traveling trophy tradition began in the 1890’s when some Cincinnati fans “borrowed” the bell.
· The bell went to the winner of the annual game for the next 40 years until it disappeared in the 1930’s.
· The original bell reappeared in 1946 and hangs in Oxford.
· The current trophy is a replica of the original bell and is kept in the possession of the winning team each year.
// CINCINNATI-MIAMI SERIES NOTES
· The Miami-Cincinnati series ranks fifth on the list of most-played rivalries in college football and is the oldest Division I rivalry west of the Allegheny Mountains.
· 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 30 college football rivalries that include at least 89 games, none is older than Miami vs. Cincinnati.
· Overall, it is the second-oldest rivalry in the NCAA FBS, starting in 1888. The Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry predates UC-Miami by one year (1887).
· The two teams have played every year since 1945, not playing in 1943 or 1944, but UC and Miami also played every year from 1909 through 1942.
· Of the 121 meetings, 52 have been decided by seven points or less, including the seven ties in series history.
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