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Bearcats Partly To Blame For Holding Up AAC Football Schedule

The college football season ended almost three months ago, and there is still no schedule in sight for the AAC. We know who the Bearcats play, just not when they play.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The problem for UC is this. In an effort to ramp up the Bearcats strength of schedule with an eye towards competing for the group of five spot in the access bowls the Bearcats dropped their opener with Stony Brook for a road match up with Miami (the good one). Dropping Stony Brook was obviously the right decision, but it has put the Bearcats in a bind with completing the schedule.

As it currently stands the Bearcats will have a bye during the first and second weeks of the season, making the week three tilt with the Toledo Rockets the first game of the season for UC. Making things worse the Bearcats third bye of the season is likely to come before the contest with Miami (FL), meaning that UC would have to play nine straight weeks to close out the season.

You would expect UC officials to be diligently working behind the scenes to address that, and they are trying to do just that. The Bearcats are even willing to play a conference road game in week 1 to avoid that fate. So far that work has come to little. Tulane would likely be the conference road game, but they are worried that construction of their on campus stadium will not be completed in time. With no other recourse easily foreseeable its safe to say that this schedule isn't doing the Bearcats any favors.