CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati department of athletics and the BIG EAST Conference jointly announced changes in the Bearcats 2013 football schedule Friday.
UC, winners of four of the past five BIG EAST Conference titles, will face SMU and Temple in league games at home while facing Houston in a road conference game. The Bearcats were originally scheduled to play Boise State and UCF at home while traveling to San Diego State.
The league office announced the adjustment following the news that Boise State and San Diego State would remain as members of the Mountain West Conference. Houston, Memphis, SMU and UCF are all scheduled to join the BIG EAST entering the 2013 campaign.
Overall, UC will play Connecticut, Louisville, Purdue, Northwestern State, SMU and Temple at home while facing Houston, Illinois, Memphis, Miami (Ohio), Rutgers and USF on the road.
The BIG EAST will not split into an east-west divisional alignment and UCF is the lone conference team the Bearcats will not face in 2013. UC and SMU will meet for the first time and the Mustangs are one of four 2013 opponents who played in postseason bowl games in 2012 along with the Cardinals, Boilermakers and Scarlet Knights.
UC’s non-conference schedule will remain the same. The Bearcats open up the campaign with Purdue on Aug. 31, 2013 in Nippert. The following week, the Bearcats play their second-straight Big Ten Conference opponent, traveling to Champaign to meet Illinois. UC returns home on Sept. 14 to take on Northwestern State before closing out non-conference play on Sept. 21 against Miami (Ohio) in the 118th Battle for the Victory Bell in Oxford.
Fans interested in purchasing 2013 football season tickets can visit CATSTIX.com or call 1-877-CATS-TIX to make deposits. Please note this is for new season ticket accounts only. Existing season ticket renewals for 2012 customers will go out in February.