Apr 19, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban brings the team on to the field prior to the A-Day game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Alabama, Cincinnati in talks to play as early as 2015


Alabama and Cincinnati are currently in ongoing discussions that could see the two teams meet on the football field as early as 2015.

The Crimson Tide are still in search of a non-conference opponent for 2015 and the Bearcats could use a marquee attraction when they open Nippert Stadium in 2015 and according to Tom Groeschen of The Cincinnati Enquirer is among the possibilities being discussed.

Groeschen would continue to add that Cincinnati has talked to other SEC programs in addition to Alabama, although it is unclear who those other programs may be at this time and a potential meeting with Alabama would not necessarily have to be in 2015, but is rather a “what-if” scenario on the table.

Potential holdups in a potential meeting in 2015 would be Alabama having only six home games that season instead of the preferred seven home dates at Bryant-Denny Stadium after opening the season in Dallas against the Wisconsin Badgers.

Cincinnati would also prefer to play an opponent with a greater chance of defeating for the grand opening of a new stadium rather than Alabama who conceivably could be the defending national champions, although if you have an opportunity to play the Crimson Tide, your program may have to take the opportunity for the exposure it would generate.

Alabama has previously said they would play anyone, anywhere, so perhaps the Bearcats fill out the Tide’s schedule in 2015 if discussions bear fruit and both sides can make it happen.

It would at the very least give Alabama another shot at Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville who owns a 7-3 record against the Tide dating back to his time with Ole Miss and Auburn.

Would you be excited to see Alabama and Cincinnati play in 2015? Let us know in the comments section below.


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  • stevechas

    Excited? Not even close.
    Vaguely interested? Barely.
    Want Ohio State, USC or Notre Dame? Absolutely.

  • Nate Shelton

    Of course I would be excited. You have an up and coming team that nearly played for the 2009 championship and a perennial powerhouse. Cincinnati is a team that most schools would overlook. Of course Bama should win by a good margin, but it could be a trap game. Nice to see that the bigger schools are starting to be open to playing the up and comers.

  • Ken

    Definitely would love to see Alabama come here and play. Would love to have Oklahoma come here. tO$U will never come here to play – they have no reason to – nothing to gain and everything to lose. When we nearly beat them in 2002 here, that ended any chance of them ever coming back here. If we beat them, it will have to be up there.