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Birmingham Bowl today between Cincinnati Bearcats and Boston College Eagles on ESPN at 3 (UC Game Notes)

Legion Field in Birmingham 2013 photo By Cdog91 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

TICKETSMARTER BIRMINGHAM BOWL • No. 21 CINCINNATI vs. Boston College
Date Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 | 3 p.m. ET
Venue Birmingham, Alabama | Legion Field (55,948)
Preview Info Game Notes
Records No. 21 Cincinnati (10-3) | Boston College (6-6)
Head Coaches Luke Fickell (Third Year) | Rich Gunnell (Interim HC/Fourth Year)
Series Record Boston College leads 4-3
Last Meeting Sept. 27, 1997 – UC W, 24-6
Gameday Information Birmingham Bowl InformationUC Alumni Association Info

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The University of Cincinnati football team will close out the 2019 season in the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl against Boston College on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The game will kickoff at 3 p.m. ET and be televised by ESPN and air on 700 WLW AM.

THE SERIES
The Bearcats and Eagles will meet for eighth time on the gridiron and first since 1997. BC leads the all-time series 4-3. The two schools have a home-and-home series scheduled for 2026 and 2027.

WHAT A LONG, STRANGE TRIP IT’S BEEN
The No. 21 Bearcats (10-3) won the American Athletic Conference East Division, won double-digit games for the second-straight season and played in the league’s championship game for the first time. All three of UC’s losses came to teams playing in the College Football Playoff or New Year’s Six with one loss at Ohio State and losses in back-to-back games at Memphis. UC was ranked No. 21 (College Football Playoff), No. 22 (USA Today Coaches Poll) and No. 23 (Associated Press Poll) in the final regular-season polls, the first time since 2009 the Bearcats finished the regular season in the AP poll and first time since 2011 for a postseason coaches-poll rank. UC led the AAC in scoring defense for the second-straight year, allowing just 21.7 points per game. It was the first time UC has been ranked in the final CFP rankings.

THE COACHES
Luke Fickell, the 2018 American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, is in his third season at Cincinnati. The 42nd head coach in program history, Fickell took the reins in December 2016 after 15 years at his alma mater, Ohio State. A veteran of nearly 20 years in the FBS ranks, Fickell was a part of nine Big Ten Conference titles (seven as a coach, two as a player) and two national championship squads with 16 postseason games and 13 NFL Draft selections under his belt.

Rich Gunnell is serving as Boston College’s interim head coach after Steve Addazio was relieved of his duties at the close of the 2019 regular season. Gunnell, a former Eagles standout WR, just completed his fourth season coaching wideouts at his Alma Mater. He returned to BC after a two-year stint as the head coach at Marian High School in Framingham, Mass.

TV: ESPN
• Play-by-Play: Kevin Brown Analyst: Andre Ware Sideline: Dawn Davenport
• Online: WatchESPN.com / ESPN App

RADIO: BEARCATS SPORTS NETWORK
• Play-by-Play: Dan Hoard Analyst: Jim Kelly Jr. Host/Engineer: Mo Egger
• Local: 700 WLW AM Satellite: Sirius 121 / XM 210 / Internet 969
• Online: TuneIn Radio

STREAKS, STORYLINES, SIDEBARS …
• The Bearcats played their 132nd football season in 2019. UC’s program dates to 1885 and is one of the 10 oldest in the NCAA FBS. UC has won a league title five times in the last 12 years and has played 10 bowl games in the past 13 years.
• UC has won four-straight American Athletic Conference FB Team Academic Excellence Awards in 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018.
• Cincinnati was the only school in the country in 2018-19 to tally 11 football wins, including a bowl win, and earn 24 or more wins in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball.
• UC, picked second in the AAC preseason media poll, had 11 wins a year ago, marking only the third time in program history the feat has been achieved (2008, 2009). The Bearcats returned more than 85% of the roster, over 5,000 yards of total offense, 10 of the Top-15 tacklers and 14 starters from the 2018 squad.
• The 2019 roster features players from 14 states and six countries with 72 hailing from Ohio and 26 from the Cincinnati area. Forty-five percent of the roster (53/117 players) is made up by freshmen and redshirt freshmen.
• UC is 21-5 since the start of 2018, ranked No. 21 in the CFP and No. 22 in the Coaches Poll and No. 23 in the AP Poll, made its first conference championship game appearance and is seeking the fourth 11-win season in school history.
• UC had 11 student-athletes who earned All-American Athletic Conference honors, including a school-record seven first-team selections. P James Smith (second team) was honored for the third-straight year.
• S Bryan Cook (Howard) and OL James Hudson (Michigan), both transfers who sat an NCAA-mandated year-in-residence, are expected to make their UC debuts at the Birmingham Bowl.

2020 SEASON TICKET DEPOSITS
The Athletics Ticket Office is now accepting deposits for season tickets in the 2020 season. Any fan who was not a season ticket holder in 2019 should click here to place their deposit for the 2020 season. New season ticket holders who make a deposit will have access to season ticket locations ahead of the general public during the spring 2020 selection window. Deposits are only needed for fans who did not have season tickets in 2019.

FOLLOW THE BEARCATS
For all the latest information on Cincinnati football, please visit GoBEARCATS.com. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow Cincinnati football (@GoBearcatsFB) and Coach Fickell (@CoachFick) on Twitter. You can also find the Bearcats on Instagram and Facebook.

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF UC SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS

 

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