Why Ohio? Why now? Two good questions (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
I thought UC was done traveling to MAC schools. I was wrong, really wrong (shocking I know). Any way here are the relevant bits from the Ohio Press Release.
The Ohio University football team announced today the addition of a home-and-home series with Kansas and Cincinnati [...] In 2018 and 2020, Ohio will take on the Bearcats.
[...] On Sept. 22, 2018, Ohio will head to Cincinnati to face the Bearcats. Cincinnati will then travel to Ohio on Sept. 12, 2020 for its first visit to Peden Stadium since Oct. 10, 1981.
I can handle, barely, settling for a home and home with Toledo. But setting this game up 6 years in advance when UC could get the same crappy home and home deal with the Bobcats at almost any time between now and 2017. Why? What exactly does UC stand to gain from this series.
I don't object to getting Ohio on the schedule. That 1981 match up is the last in a 50 game series. What I don't get is locking this game in now when no one has a clue what UC's conference situation will be in 6 years, or indeed how many non conference games will be needed to fill out the docket then. Cincinnati could have gotten this series in two years without much problem. Why the rush? This is the scheduling equivalent of settling for the first person at the bar to say hi and flirt with you at 10 PM.