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Cincinnati Bearcats opens season today at Noon against Austin Peay

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CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football team opens 2020 on Saturday, Sept. 19 against Austin Peay at Noon ET inside Nippert Stadium. The game will be televised by ESPN+ and air on 700 WLW AM. The Sept. 19 season opener is the latest start for a UC season since the Bearcats opened the 1968 campaign with a Sept. 21 road game at Texas Tech.

Luke Fickell and his Bearcats are one of the favorites in the American Athletic Conference

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, no fans will be allowed in the stadium on gameday except for immediate family members of players and coaches from Cincinnati and Austin Peay. Limited numbers of UC’s spirit groups from band, cheer, dance and the Bearcat mascot will be socially distanced in the stands but not performing on field.

13/14 CINCINNATI BEARCATS
Head Coach Luke Fickell
Record at Cincinnati 26-13 (Fourth Year)
Overall Record 32-20 (Fifth Year)

 

AUSTIN PEAY GOVERNORS
Interim Head Coach Marquase Lovings
Record at School 0-2 (First Year)
Overall Record Same

GAME INFORMATION
Facility Nippert Stadium
Capacity 40,000
TV ESPN+ESPN+ FAQ
Radio 700 WLW AM / Sirius 81 / XM 81 / Internet 81
Online TuneIn.com
Series Record UC leads 6-0
At Cincinnati UC leads 6-0
Last Meeting Aug. 31, 2017 – UC W, 26-14

THESE ARE THE DAYS
UC closed 2019 with an American Athletic Conference East Division Championship, a win in the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl and the No. 21 spot in all three major polls (AP, USA Today, CFP). The Bearcats won 11 games for only the fourth time in school history while the back-to-back 11-win seasons in 2018 and 2019 occurred for only the second time in UC’s 132 seasons of football. Eleven student-athletes earned all-conference honors including a school-record seven first teamers.

THE SERIES
The Bearcats and Governors meet for the seventh time with all six matchups occuring at NIppert Stadium. UC leads the all-time series 6-0. The last game came in the 2017 opener, Head Coach Luke Fickell‘s first game at Cincinnati.

THE COACHES
Luke Fickell, the 2018 American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, starts his fourth season at UC. He has led UC to back-to-back 11-win seasons, the 2019 AAC East Division Championship along with consecutive bowl-game wins in the 2018 Military Bowl and 2019 TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl. A veteran of 20 years in the FBS ranks, Fickell has been a part of two national championship squads, nine conference title-winning teams (seven as a coach, two as a player at Ohio State) with 16 postseason games and 13 NFL Draft selections under his belt.

Marquase Lovings was named Austin Peay’s interim head coach in July 2020. He joined the Governors staff a associate HC/defensive line In 2019. Prior to joining APSU, Lovings spent time seven years at Nicholls State and previously coached at Louisiana and Mississippi State.

STREAKS, STORYLINES, SIDEBARS …

  • UC starts its 133rd football season in 2020. The Bearcats 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 13 years and has played 11 bowl games in the past 14 years.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UC lost games at Nebraska and vs. Miami (OH) and Western Michigan. The APSU game was moved from Sept. 3 to Sept. 19 and the Bearcats will play Army West Point on Saturday, Sept. 26 in Nippert Stadium. No fans will be allowed in the stadium, except for immediate family members of players and coaches.
  • UC has won five-straight American Athletic Conference FB Team Academic Excellence Awards from 2015-20.
  • During the 2019-20 calendar year, UC was the only school in the NCAA FBS to play for a conference title in MBB (winter 2019), lacrosse (spring 2019), baseball (spring 2019), volleyball (fall 2019), football (fall 2019) and WBB (winter 2020).
  • Fifteen states and four countries are represented on UC’s 2020 roster, which features nearly 62 percent (77/125) Ohio natives, including 31 from Cincinnati. Eighty-three of UC’s 125 players (66.4 percent) are sophomores or below.
  • UC is 22-5 since 2018, ranking among the Top-10 teams in CFB in winning percentage during that span (.815).

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF UC SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

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