The Alabama Crimson Tide is set to face off against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the College Football Playoff. What’s the history between the two teams?
With the way the Alabama Crimson Tide and Cincinnati Bearcats are pretty far apart geographically and how the two are in different realms of success historically, it’s not shocking that they generally don’t face each other.
There is a little bit of history here between the two teams, but it’s been a few years since Alabama and Cincinnati played each other in football.
Alabama vs. Cincinnati: Have the Crimson Tide and Bearcats ever played each other before?
The last time the Crimson Tide and Bearcats clashed happened a little over three decades ago. On Nov. 11, 1990, Alabama played Cincinnati in Birmingham in what was the first season that Gene Stallings led the Crimson Tide.
Alabama had no real issue taking care of Cincinnati in the game. Although Alabama was in the midst of a relatively rough season (by Alabama’s lofty standards), the Crimson Tide was able to go out and throttle Cincinnati at Legion Field. Alabama went on to win 45-7, which helped Stallings get the season turned around a bit.
This wasn’t the only lopsided win for the Crimson Tide in this series though.
Alabama played the Bearcats in Tuscaloosa in 1985 (a 45-10 win), in Cincinnati in 1984 (a 29-7 win), in Tuscaloosa in 1982 (a 21-3 win) and in Birmingham all the way back in 1908 (a 16-0 win). There’s not a ton of history here, but Alabama has won all five meetings meeting so far. Can the Bearcats find a way to break through this year?