The Miami Hurricanes and the Cincinnati Bearcats used to play each other on rare occasions, but haven’t done so since 1998. Both teams used to be in the now-defunct Big East conference which has since been reduced to the American Athletics Conference. The fall of the Big East can be traced back to when the Canes left the conference in favor of the more prestigious and higher-paying Atlantic Coast Conference.
Ironically enough, the Canes have also slowly fallen from the elite class of college football programs, while the Bearcats have become a team that routinely wins 8-10 games, and has more appearances in a BCS bowl game over the past eight years (2) than the Canes (0).
According to a report from the Cincinnati Enquirer that came in Tuesday morning, Cincinnati will now play a home-and-home football series with the Hurricanes in 2014 and ’15 with the Bearcats to play in 2014 in Miami and the Hurricanes visiting in 2015 at Nippert Stadium.
The release from UC:
The University of Cincinnati football team will play a home-and-home series against the University of Miami (Fla.), Director of Athletics Whit Babcock announced Tuesday.
The Bearcats will travel to Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Oct. 11, 2014 with the Hurricanes returning the trip to a newly renovated Nippert Stadium on Oct. 3, 2015.
The teams have met 11 times in a series that started in 1947, with the Hurricanes holding a 10-1 advantage. The two squads played every year from 1982-89 with Miami ranked in the Top-10 for six of the eight matchups. The most recent meeting was in Cincinnati in 1998.