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Cincinnati Bearcats Football Schedule Set, Opening Night Matchup With Pitt Highlights The Slate

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Yesterday the Bearcats finalized the non conference schedule adding the Forham Rams to the slate. UC was the last Big East team in need of a game. As such the Cats basically dragged everyone along. Now that UC is set the Big East has announced the 2012 schedule. And here it is.

Date Opponent TV Notes
9/6 vs. Pitt ESPN Thursday Night game.
9/15 vs. Delaware State 1st meeting
9/29 vs. Virginia Tech Played at FedEx Field
10/6 vs. Miami (Oh) UC going for 7 straight in series
10/13 vs. Fordham 1st meeting
10/20 @ Toledo UC playing in Toledo for the first time in 19 years
10/26 @ Louisville ESPN2 The last time UC played on a road Friday night game was also against Louisville. Remember.
11/3 vs. Syracuse Since joining the Big East UC has lost to Syracuse once in Nippert, that was in 2010
11/10 @ Temple First meeting in 9 years
11/17 vs. Rutgers Revenge
11/23 vs. South Florida ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 Black Friday game. Send the wife/girlfriend out to shop and take the kids/bros to Nippert. Sounds like a plan
12/1 @UConn ESPN/ABC/ESPN2 1st time UC closes out a season at UConn since 2007 when Kevin Levell hit the bowl clinching/game winning field goal.

I'll take it. On paper there isn't a killer stretch. The toughest stretch is getting Rutgers and South Florida back to back within six days. But that is mitigated somewhat by the fact that both of those games will be in the Hornets Nest that is Nippert. Back to back road trips to Toledo and then Louisville will also be tricky. But the Bearcats get two of the top three contenders at home. This is a schedule that aligns nicely for a potential Big East title run.

What are your thoughts on the schedule. Is it to your liking or would you change something about it?