Cincinnati, UCLA schedule 2018-19 football series

By Kevin Kelley -

The Cincinnati Bearcats and the UCLA Bruins have scheduled a home-and-home football series for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, the Orange County Register has reported.

News of the series was first reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, but the dates were stated as 2019 and 2020.

In the first game of the series, UCLA will host Cincinnati at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in 2018. The Bruins will then travel to face the Bearcats at Nippert Stadium in 2019.

Cincinnati and UCLA have never squared off on the gridiron.

Based on currently scheduled games for both teams in 2018, Cincinnati and UCLA will likely meet to open the season on Sept. 1. The possible date in 2019 is not as clear due to other games on the schedule.

Currently, Cincinnati is set to host Miami, OH (Sept. 15) and Ohio (Sept. 22) in 2018. The following season, the Bearcats have three road games slated — Ohio State (Sept. 7), Miami, OH (Sept. 14), and Boise State (Sept. 21).

The addition of Cincinnati would likely complete the non-conference schedule for UCLA for both 2018 and 2019. The Bruins also visit Oklahoma (Sept. 8) and host Fresno State (Sept. 15) in 2018, while in 2019 they host both San Diego State (Aug. 31) and Oklahoma (Sept. 14).

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Comments (8)

Cincinnati is doing a good job trying to get some quality opponents to Nippert stadium and needs to keep that up. They’re a solid mid-major team that with a little more work and some good recruits could probably have some of the top tier programs running for their money.

The shiny new Nippert Stadium is definitely going to help keep bringing bigger names to Cincinnati. Honestly, it’s not a bad series for UCLA; they get to spread their brand across the country and play in front of a packed house of 40,000 in a game that will help their strength of schedule.

They better start add some schools were looking a lil weak in the big 12 I mean 10????

I have to agree. I give the Bearcats a lot of credit, for scheduling Power 5 teams. They have a recent history of playing well. The last 10 years, they played in 2 BCS games. They are a lot better than 10 or 11 teams in the ACC.

There are probably four non-major teams better than 10 or 11 of the ACC teams!!!

Cincy got smoked by both Miami and Virginia Tech last year. Both of those teams were about the 10th and 11th best ACC teams. You were saying?