Aug. 26, 2009
The University of Cincinnati and University of Tennessee have agreed to a one-game football matchup to take place in Neyland Stadium during the 2011 season it was announced Wednesday.
The Bearcats and Vols are set to play Sept. 10, 2011, in Knoxville in a game that will be televised by ESPN. UC replaces Southern Miss on the Vols schedule.
"Our philosophy is to play the best possible out of conference schedule," UC head coach Brian Kelly said. "Tennessee's football tradition and geographic location make it a great matchup for us."
"We worked with our friends at ESPN and were able to schedule the University of Cincinnati, the defending Big East Conference champions," UT athletics director Mike Hamilton said. "We're very pleased with how things turned out and excited about welcoming coach Brian Kelly and the Bearcats to Knoxville for that game."
UT and Cincinnati have met five times, all in Knoxville, with the most recent outcome a 40-0 Vols win in 1992. The other four meetings occurred between 1904 and 1942, and Tennessee leads the overall series 4-1. The Bearcats lone win in the series was the inaugural matchup in 1904, a 35-0 UC decision.
UC will open the 2011 season at Nippert Stadium with Albany before heading to Knoxville to play the Vols. Other 2011 non-conference matchups bring Akron and NC State to Nippert with a road trip to Oxford, Ohio for the 116th Battle for the
Victory Bell against Miami (OH).
The Bearcats will open the 2009 season on Monday, Sept. 7, in a 4 p.m. BIG EAST Conference game at Rutgers. Season tickets are available now by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX or visiting CATSTIX.com.