The University of Cincinnati department of athletics and the BIG EAST Conference jointly announced the Bearcats' 2013 football schedule Wednesday.
UC, winners of four of the past five BIG EAST Conference titles, will play Connecticut, Louisville, Purdue, Northwestern State, SMU and Temple at home while facing Houston, Illinois, Memphis, Miami (Ohio), Rutgers and USF on the road.
All six of the Bearcats’ home games are scheduled to be played inside Nippert Stadium.
UC enters a new era in 2013, with head coach Tommy Tuberville taking the reins of the program. Tuberville, a 17-year head coaching veteran, was named UC's head coach in mid-December.
"It's a nice balanced schedule," Tuberville said. "We have a great home schedule that features Purdue and Louisville with Northwestern State, Temple, Connecticut and SMU and a number of challenging games on the road. I'm looking forward to experiencing the great atmosphere at Nippert Stadium. Our coaches and players are excited for the challenges that this schedule presents, and we are ready to get back on the field Friday for our fifth spring practice as we continue our preparations."
The Bearcats have three nationally televised games, taking on Temple (Friday, Oct. 11) and Louisville (Thursday, Dec. 5) inside Nippert Stadium and facing Memphis (Wednesday, Oct. 30) on the road.
The Bearcats open up the campaign with Purdue on Aug. 31, 2013 in Nippert. The following week, the Bearcats play their second-straight Big Ten Conference opponent, traveling to Champaign to meet Illinois. UC returns home on Sept. 14 to take on Northwestern State before closing out non-conference play on Sept. 21 against Miami (Ohio) in the 118th Battle for the Victory Bell in Oxford.
UC opens up conference play on Oct. 5 at Raymond James Stadium again USF ahead of a Friday night matchup with Temple inside Nippert Stadium On Oct. 11. Connecticut wraps up the only two-game homestand of the year for the Bearcats on Oct. 19.
Following its second bye week, UC will play a rare Wednesday night game at Memphis on Oct. 30. It will be Cincinnati’s first trip to the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium since knocking off Vanderbilt in the 2011 Autozone Liberty Bowl.
UC returns home to face SMU in the first-ever meeting between the two schools on Nov. 9 before heading on the road for back-to-back contests at Rutgers and Houston on Nov. 16 and Nov. 23, respectively.
The Bearcats close out the regular season on Thursday, Dec. 5 in a primetime matchup for the Keg of Nails against Louisville inside Nippert Stadium.
Gametimes and additional television opportunities will be announced once they are available.
Fans interested in purchasing 2013 football season tickets can visit CATSTIX.com or call 1-877-CATS-TIX to make deposits. Please note this is for new season ticket accounts only. Existing season ticket renewals for 2012 customers were sent out in February.
The University is closed this afternoon, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, and the athletics ticket office will reopen at 8 a.m. ET on Thursday, March 7.
2013 CINCINNATI FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
31 PURDUE Cincinnati, Ohio TBA
7 at Illinois Champaign, Ill. TBA
14 NORTHWESTERN STATE Cincinnati, Ohio TBA
21 at Miami Ohio Oxford, Ohio TBA
5 at USF * Tampa, Fla. TBA
11 (Fri.) TEMPLE * (ESPN/ESPN2) Cincinnati, Ohio TBA
19 CONNECTICUT * Cincinnati, Ohio TBA
30 (Wed.) at Memphis * (ESPN2) Memphis, Tenn. 8 p.m.
9 SMU * Cincinnati, Ohio TBA
16 at Rutgers * Piscataway, N.J. TBA
23 at Houston * Houston, Texas TBA
5 (Thurs.) LOUISVILLE * (ESPN) Cincinnati, Ohio 7:30 p.m.
*-BIG EAST Conference game; Home games in BOLD CAPS, played at Nippert Stadium; All times eastern.