It’s been almost a century since they’ve met during the regular season, but better late than never for a Buckeye – Bearcat matchup. So, one year more of waiting won’t hurt, right? This will go into effect for the 2018 and 2019 season openers.
It’s no Duke, UNC, or heck, even Dayton, but it’s one of the most exciting non-conference matchups that Ohio State could have for a season opener that isn’t Wooster or Texas Southern.
“We have great respect for the UC program and Coach [Mick] Cronin. The idea of challenging ourselves in the non-conference while also providing an attractive game for our collective fan bases certainly made sense to us,” said new Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann in a news release. “We understand the challenge of opening the season on the road vs. a high-caliber opponent with a younger team provides some risk but we felt like it was the right decision at this time.”
The last game between these two squads was an Ohio State victory in the NCAA East Regional Finals in 2012. Before that, it was 2006, and before that, 1962. There’s been love lost, people.
But maybe there’s hope for a newborn rivalry- even though on these opening days, it’ll probably feel like it’s been an annual matchup. We don’t like them because they’re bad at football, and they don’t like us for the opposite reason. Makes total sense.
The 2018 season opener will be at Fifth-Third Arena in Cincinnati with the Buckeyes hosting the 2019 game.