Cincinnati Bearcats announce 2021 Football Schedule

Desmond Ridder in 2021 Peach Bowl, will return to next year’s team ( photo)
Head coach Luke Fickell and the Bearcats should be favored in the AAC again ( photo)


Feb. 18, 2021


CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati’s 2021 schedule was released Thursday by American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco.

Join us this fall! Visit to view available seats and join the Bearcats in Nippert Stadium this Fall! Single-game tickets will be announced at a later date.

Cincinnati finished 9-1 in 2020, winning the American Athletic Conference Championship and playing in its first New Year’s Six Bowl game in over a decade.

The Bearcats return 16 starters from last season’s squad, including AAC Offensive Player of the Year Desmond Ridder and seven-time All-America selection Ahmad Gardner along with All-AAC selections Darrian BeaversMarcus BrownCoby BryantMyjai SandersTre TuckerJosh Whyle and Michael Young Jr.

The 2021 roster projects to have nearly 40 local players who grew up and played high-school football in the tri-state area.

UC will look to build on a school-record, 20-game winning streak at Nippert Stadium in 2021 with matchups against: Miami (OH) Murray State, SMU, Temple, Tulsa and UCF.
The Bearcats will hit the road against ECU, Indiana, Navy, Notre Dame, USF and Tulane.

Season-ticket holders continue to have priority for purchasing road-game tickets over the general public. Visit season ticket central online to become a season-ticket holder today!


Sat., Sept. 4 – MIAMI (OH)

Sat., Sept. 11 – MURRAY STATE

Sat., Sept. 18 – @ Indiana

Sat., Oct. 2 – @ Notre Dame

Fri., Oct. 8 – TEMPLE *

Sat., Oct. 16 – UCF *

Sat., Oct. 23 – @ Navy *

Sat., Oct. 30 – @ Tulane *

Sat., Nov. 6 – TULSA *

Fri., Nov. 12 – @ USF *

Sat., Nov. 20 – SMU *

Sat., Nov. 27 – @ East Carolina * ^

* – American Athletic Conference game; ^ – or Friday, Nov. 26; Home games in BOLD CAPS, played at Nippert Stadium; Game dates and times subject to change without notice.

Season tickets for the 2021 University of Cincinnati football campaign are on sale now and represent the best value for Bearcats fans to see the defending American Athletic Conference Champions in action this fall.
Season ticket packages start at just $99, with limited seats available in the Coach’s Corner and a majority of our best-value seats in the Varsity View and Bearcats Lair sections starting at $150. Bearcats fans are encouraged to visit season ticket central online to view available seats and review all price levels.
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