Although Cincinnati has been playing football since 1885 and Michigan since 1879, the two have never met before on the gridiron. The Bearcats will receive $1.2 million for playing the game.
Accompanying the football game is a two-game, home-and-home series in basketball. That will take place between the 2015-16 and 2018-19 seasons.
“It is ideally our preference to sign home and home non-conference games,” UC director of athletics Whit Babcock said. “However, the chance for our fans to have a relatively short drive to see us play a great opponent, plus the men’s basketball scheduling component above and beyond the single football game in Ann Arbor, made it a good one-off decision for us.”
Cincinnati now has two games scheduled for the 2017 season. The Bearcats also travel to face in-state rival Miami (OH) on Sept. 16. Other schools featured on their future schedules include BYU, Illinois, Ohio State, and Purdue.
The Bearcats are the first scheduled opponent for Michigan in 2017. Other BCS programs that Michigan will face in the future include Arkansas, Colorado, Notre Dame, Oregon State, UConn, and Utah.
“Ohio is a state that all our sports programs recruit heavily, and the Cincinnati area has been terrific recruiting territory for Michigan Athletics through the years,” said Michigan director of athletics Dave Brandon. “We are excited to host the Bearcats and their fans at Michigan Stadium and Crisler Center in the coming years and look forward to making a visit to Cincinnati for basketball.”