2011 Cincinnati Bearcats football team

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2011 Cincinnati Bearcats football
Cincinnati University Bearcats textlogo.svg
Liberty Bowl Champions
Big East Conference Co-Champions
Liberty Bowl vs. Vanderbilt, W 31–24
Conference Big East Conference
Ranking
Coaches #24
AP #25
2011 record 10–3 (5–2 Big East)
Head coach Butch Jones (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian
Defensive coordinator Tim Banks/John Jancek
Home stadium Nippert Stadium
(Capacity: 35,097)

Paul Brown Stadium
(Capacity: 65,535)
Seasons
« 2010 2012 »
2011 Big East football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#17 West Virginia §   5 2         10 3  
#25 Cincinnati §   5 2         10 3  
Louisville §   5 2         7 6  
Rutgers   4 3         9 4  
Pittsburgh   4 3         6 7  
Connecticut   3 4         5 7  
South Florida   1 6         5 7  
Syracuse   1 6         5 7  
† – BCS representative as conference champion
§ – Conference co-champions
As of January 11, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Cincinnati Bearcats football team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bearcats were led by second year head coach Butch Jones and played their home games at Nippert Stadium and two conference games at Paul Brown Stadium. They are a member of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 10–3, 5–2 in Big East play to share the conference championship with Louisville and West Virginia. Despite the conference title, which was their third in the last four years, they did not receive the conference's automatic bid into a BCS game (West Virginia received the bid based on BCS rankings). They were invited to the Liberty Bowl where they defeated Vanderbilt 31–24.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 7:00 PM Austin Peay* Nippert StadiumCincinnati, OH FS Ohio W 72–10   23,282[1]
September 10 3:30 PM at Tennessee* Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN ESPN2 L 23–45   94,207[2]
September 17 3:30 PM Akron* Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH ESPN3 W 59–14   24,991[3]
September 22 8:00 PM NC State* Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH ESPN/ESPN 3D W 44–14   28,431[4]
October 1 1:00 PM at Miami (OH)* Yager StadiumOxford, OH (116th Victory Bell) ESPN3 W 27–0   16,408[5]
October 15 12:00 PM Louisvilledagger Paul Brown Stadium • Cincinnati, OH (Keg of Nails) BIG EAST Network W 25–16   40,971[6]
October 22 12:00 PM at South Florida Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL BIG EAST Network W 37–34   44,248[7]
November 5 7:00 PM at Pittsburgh #24 Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA (River City Rivalry) ESPNU W 26–23   49,362[8]
November 12 12:00 PM West Virginia #23 Paul Brown Stadium • Cincinnati, OH ABC L 21–24   48,152[9]
November 19 12:00 PM at Rutgers High Point Solutions StadiumPiscataway, NJ ESPNU L 3–20   47,447
November 26 12:00 PM at Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY BIG EAST Network W 30–13   38,159
December 3 12:00 PM Connecticut Nippert Stadium • Cincinnati, OH ESPN W 35–27   27,930
December 31 3:30 PM vs. Vanderbilt* Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) ABC W 31–24   57,103[10]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR NR RV NR RV RV RV 24 23 23 RV RV RV RV 25 
Coaches' NR RV NR NR NR RV NR VR 23 22 18 RV NR 25 24 21 
Harris Not released RV VR 24 23 22 RV RV RV 24 Not released 
BCS Not released NR NR NR 23 NR NR NR NR Not released


Game notes[edit]

Louisville[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Louisville 6 10 0 0 16
Cincinnati 0 7 7 11 25

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