IRVING, Texas –– The Cincinnati Bearcats, who are ranked No. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday night, will host the No. 24 Tulsa Golden Hurricane in the 2020 American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati.
The 2020 American Championship Game will be Saturday, Dec. 19, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. The game will be televised nationally on ABC.
Tulsa (6-1) will make its first appearance in The American Championship Game, while Cincinnati (8-0) will play in the championship game for the second consecutive season. The winner of the championship game will be eligible to be chosen for a New Year’s Six bowl if it is not selected for the four-team College Football Playoff.
The Hurricane has played in four previous conference championship games, all coming in its nine seasons as a member of Conference USA. Tulsa posted a 2-2 record in C-USA Championship games, claiming a 33-27 victory over UCF in its last appearance, the 2012 title game.
Tulsa and Cincinnati finished the regular season tied atop The American standings at 6-0 in conference games. The scheduled regular-season meeting between the teams was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning that Tuesday’s CFP rankings determined the site of the championship game per The American’s tiebreaker policies.
This year’s championship will be the sixth straight to be televised live on ABC.
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