Cincinnati Bearcats football

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Cincinnati Bearcats football
2015 Cincinnati Bearcats football team
Cincinnati Bearcats.svg
First season 1885
Athletic director Mike Bohn
Head coach Tommy Tuberville
3rd year, 18–8 (.692)
Home stadium Nippert Stadium
Stadium capacity 35,097 (40,000+ in 2015)[1]
Stadium surface UBU Sports' Speed Series S5-M
Location Cincinnati, Ohio
Conference The American
Division East
Past conferences Big East
Conference USA
Missouri Valley
Mid-American Conference
Buckeye Athletic Association
Ohio Athletic Conference
All-time record 592–568–50 (.510)
Postseason bowl record 8–8 (.500)
Conference titles 13
Consensus All-Americans 3
Current uniform

Black and Red

Fight song "Cheer Cincinnati"
Mascot Bearcat
Marching band University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands
Outfitter Under Armour
Rivals Louisville Cardinals
Miami Redhawks
Pittsburgh Panthers

The Cincinnati Bearcats football program represents the University of Cincinnati in college football. They compete at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level as members of the American Athletic Conference, and have played their home games in historic Nippert Stadium since 1924. As of December 7, 2014, the Bearcats have gone 75–28 since 2007, to go with five conference titles and two BCS Bowl berths, making them one of college football's fast-rising programs, with five conference championships since joining the Big East in 2005, which changed its name to the American Athletic Conference in 2013.


The Bearcat football program is one of the nation's oldest, having fielded a team as early as 1885. In 1888, Cincinnati played Miami University in the first intercollegiate football game held within the state of Ohio. That began a rivalry which today ranks as the eighth-oldest and 11th-longest running in NCAA Division I college football.[2]

Sid Gillman, a member of the College and National Football League hall of fame shrines, was the architect of one of the top eras of Cincinnati football history. He directed the Bearcats to three conference titles and a pair of bowl game appearances during his six seasons (1949–54) before leaving for the professional ranks. Cincinnati, with Gillman developing the passing offenses which would make him successful in the pro ranks, became known for its aerial attack in the early 1950s.[2]

In 1968, the Bearcats were the nation’s top passing team. Quarterback Greg Cook was the NCAA’s total offense leader with receiver/kicker Jim O'Brien the national scoring champ. A year later, Cook earned Rookie of the Year honors as a Cincinnati Bengal. Two years later, O’Brien kicked the game-winning field goal for the Baltimore Colts in the Super Bowl.[2]

Since its entry into the former Big East Conference in 2005, Cincinnati football has enjoyed a level of extended success unprecedented in program history. The Bearcats have compiled the 10th best cumulative record among all FBS programs dating back to the 2007 season. The program has also either won outright or shared five conference championships in the last seven years and reached a bowl game every year, with only one exception, since 2006.

With more than 90 players advancing into the professional ranks, 35 earning All-American honors, and 12 garnering Verizon Academic All-America recognition, Cincinnati football clearly has a history of accomplishments, both on and off the gridiron.[3]

Top 10 FBS records, since 2007[edit]

As of January 12, 2015.[4]

Rank Team Record Win %
1 Boise State Broncos 91-15 .858
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 91-17 .843
3 Oregon Ducks 89-18 .824
4 Ohio State Buckeyes 88-18 .830
5 Oklahoma Sooners 82-25 .766
6 LSU Tigers 81-25 .764
7 TCU Horned Frogs 78-25 .757
8 Florida State Seminoles 81-27 .750
9 USC Trojans 76-28 .731
10 Cincinnati Bearcats 75-29 .721

Conference championships[edit]

Year Conference Coach Record
1934 Buckeye Intercollegiate Athletic Association Dana M. King 2–0–1
1947 Mid-American Athletic Conference Ray Nolting 3–1
1949 Mid-American Athletic Conference Sid Gillman 4–0
1951 Mid-American Athletic Conference Sid Gillman 3–0
1952 Mid-American Athletic Conference Sid Gillman 3–0
1963 § Missouri Valley Conference Chuck Studley 3–1
1964 Missouri Valley Conference Chuck Studley 6–2
2002 § Conference USA Rick Minter 7–6
2008 Big East Conference Brian Kelly 11–3
2009 Big East Conference Brian Kelly 12–1
2011 § Big East Conference Butch Jones 10–3
2012 § Big East Conference Butch Jones 10–3
2014 § American Athletic Conference Tommy Tuberville 9–4
Conference Titles 13

§ – Conference co-champions

Bowl games[edit]

The Bearcats have participated in 16 bowl games, with a record of 8–8.[5]

Year and bowl Winning team Losing team
1947 Sun Bowl Cincinnati 18 Virginia Tech 6
1949 Glass Bowl Cincinnati 33 Toledo 13
1951 Sun Bowl West Texas A&M 14 Cincinnati 13
1997 Humanitarian Bowl Cincinnati 35 Utah State 19
2000 Motor City Bowl Marshall 25 Cincinnati 14
2001 Motor City Bowl Toledo 23 Cincinnati 16
2002 New Orleans Bowl North Texas 24 Cincinnati 19
2004 Fort Worth Bowl Cincinnati 32 Marshall 14
2007 International Bowl Cincinnati 27 Western Michigan 24
2007 Bowl Cincinnati 31 Southern Miss 21
2009 Orange Bowl Virginia Tech 20 Cincinnati 7
2010 Sugar Bowl Florida 51 Cincinnati 24
2011 Liberty Bowl Cincinnati 31 Vanderbilt 24
2012 Belk Bowl Cincinnati 48 Duke 34
2013 Belk Bowl North Carolina 39 Cincinnati 17
2014 Military Bowl Virginia Tech 33 Cincinnati 17

Season-by-season results (1990–present)[edit]

For the entire season-by-season results, see List of Cincinnati Bearcats football seasons.
Conference Champions Bowl game berth
Season Coach(es)[6][7] Conference Conference finish Record[6][8] Bowl/Postseason AP Poll Final Ranking
Wins Losses Ties
[A 1]
1990 Tim Murphy Ind 1 10 0
1991 Tim Murphy Ind 4 7 0
1992 Tim Murphy Ind 3 8 0
1993 Tim Murphy Ind 8 3 0
1994 Rick Minter Ind 2 8 1
1995 Rick Minter Ind 6 5 0
1996 Rick Minter C-USA 3rd 6 5
1997 Rick Minter C-USA 4th 8 4 Won 1997 Humanitarian Bowl vs. Utah State, 35-19
1998 Rick Minter C-USA 7th 2 9
1999 Rick Minter C-USA 9th 3 8
2000 Rick Minter C-USA 2nd 7 5 Lost 2000 Motor City Bowl vs. Marshall, 14-25
2001 Rick Minter C-USA 2nd 7 5 Lost 2001 Motor City Bowl vs. Toledo, 14-26
2002 Rick Minter C-USA 1st 7 7 Lost 2002 New Orleans Bowl vs. North Texas, 19-24
2003 Rick Minter C-USA 9th 5 7
2004 Mark Dantonio C-USA 2nd 7 5 Won 2004 Fort Worth Bowl vs. Marshall, 32-14
2005 Mark Dantonio Big East Tied-6th 4 7
2006 Mark Dantonio Big East Tied-4th 8 5 Won 2007 International Bowl vs. Western Michigan, 27-24
2007 Brian Kelly Big East Tied-3rd 10 3 Won 2007 Bowl vs. Southern Mississippi, 31-21 17
2008 Brian Kelly Big East 1st 11 3 Lost 2009 Orange Bowl vs. Virginia Tech, 7-20 17
2009 Brian Kelly Big East 1st 12 1 Lost 2010 Sugar Bowl vs. Florida, 24-51 8
2010 Butch Jones Big East 7th 4 8
2011 Butch Jones Big East Tied-1st 10 3 Won 2011 Liberty Bowl vs. Vanderbilt, 31-24 25
2012 Butch Jones Big East Tied-1st 10 3 Won 2012 Belk Bowl vs. Duke, 48-34
2013 Tommy Tuberville AAC 3rd 9 4 Lost 2013 Belk Bowl vs. North Carolina, 17-39
2014 Tommy Tuberville AAC Tied-1st 9 4 Lost 2014 Military Bowl vs. Virginia Tech, 17-33
Total 589 563 51 (Through 2014 Season)

Nippert Stadium[edit]

Nippert Stadium has been home to the Bearcats football team in rudimentary form since 1901, and as a complete stadium since 1924, making it the fourth oldest playing site and fifth oldest stadium in college football. Nippert has earned a reputation as a tough place to play. One national columnist, visiting the sold-out Keg of Nails rivalry game in 2013, described Nippert Stadium as a "quaint bowl of angry noise sitting under the gaze of remarkable architecture" and went on to compare it to a "baby Death Valley" (referring to LSU's notoriously intimidating Tiger Stadium).[10] In 2012, USA Today called Nippert Stadium the best football venue in what was then the Big East Conference.[11] UC boasted a 14-game home winning streak at Nippert, during a stretch dating from 2007-2010. The stadium is receiving an $86 million renovation for the 2015 season, which will be completed just in time for the Bearcats home opener on September 5th. The Bearcats played their 2014 home games at Paul Brown Stadium.

Rivalry games[edit]


Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
UT Martin at Michigan Miami (OH) at Ohio State at Nebraska at Indiana Indiana at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Nebraska
at Purdue at Miami (OH) Ohio at Miami (OH) Miami (OH)
Miami (OH) at UCLA at Boise State at Ohio
BYU UCLA Boise State


Current NFL players[edit]

Name Position Team
Blake Annen Tight End Chicago Bears
Connor Barwin Linebacker Philadelphia Eagles
Armon BinnsPS Wide Receiver Kansas City Chiefs
Brent Celek Tight End Philadelphia Eagles
Trent Cole OLB Indianapolis Colts
Sean Hooey Defensive tackle San Francisco 49ers
Kevin Huber Punter Cincinnati Bengals
John Hughes Defensive tackle Cleveland Browns
Jason Kelce Center Philadelphia Eagles
Travis Kelce Tight End Kansas City Chiefs
Jeff Linkenbach Offensive Guard Miami Dolphins
Ricardo Mathews Defensive End San Diego Chargers
Adrien Robinson Tight End New York Giants
Kenbrell Thompkins Wide Receiver Oakland Raiders
Mike Windt Long snapper San Diego Chargers
George Winn Running back Detroit Lions
Derek Wolfe Defensive End Denver Broncos
  • PS Indicate player is on practice squad

Pro Bowl selections[edit]

Bearcats selected for the Pro Bowl  
Selection(s) Name Position
3 Elbie Nickel TE Steelers: 1952,1953,1956
2 Trent Cole DE Eagles: 2007,2009
1 Connor Barwin LB Eagles: 2014
1 Kevin Huber P Bengals: 2014
1 Jason Kelce C Eagles: 2014

Notable former coaches for Cincinnati[edit]

Name Position Years at Cincinnati Current Team
Sid Gillman Head Coach 1949-1954 N/A
John Harbaugh Special teams coordinator 1989-1996 Baltimore Ravens
Rex Ryan Defensive coordinator 1996-1997 Buffalo Bills
Jimbo Fisher Quarterbacks coach 1999 Florida State Seminoles
Mike Tomlin Defensive backs coach 1999-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
Mark Dantonio Head coach 2004-2006 Michigan State Spartans
Brian Kelly Head coach 2007-2009 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Butch Jones Head coach 2010-2012 Tennessee Volunteers


  1. ^ Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, making ties impossible in the period since.[9]


  1. ^ "Nippert Stadium". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  2. ^ a b c [1],
  3. ^ [2],
  4. ^ Win Trends
  5. ^ Cincinnati Bowl History. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  6. ^ a b Cincinnati Bearcats Index. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2011-10-11.
  7. ^ Cincinnati Coaching Records. College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  8. ^ Year-by-Year Records . Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  9. ^ Whiteside, Kelly (August 25, 2006). "Overtime system still excites coaches". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-09-29. 
  10. ^ December 2013 "The Keg of Nails, where getting out is half the battle". 
  11. ^ August 2012 "USA Today Names Nippert Stadium Best in Big East". 
  12. ^ "Bearcats in the NFL". Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Cincinnati Bearcats Football Schedules and Future Schedules". Retrieved 2013-09-04. 

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