Originally posted on Bearcats Blog  |  Last updated 3/6/13
The Big East released the final football schedule today. Let's not waste any time.    CINCINNATI         Sat., Aug. 31 Purdue Sat., Sept. 7 at Illinois Sat., Sept. 14 Northwestern State Sat., Sept. 21 at Miami (Ohio) Sat., Oct. 5 at USF * Fri., Oct. 11 Temple * (ESPN/ESPN2) Sat., Oct. 19 Connecticut * Wed., Oct. 30 at Memphis * (8 pm, ESPN2) Sat., Nov. 9 SMU * Sat., Nov. 16 at Rutgers * Sat., Nov. 23 at Houston * Thu., Dec. 5 Louisville * (7:30 pm, ESPN) Right away, closing the season with a home game against Louisville for the Keg of Nails is pretty awesome. The Big East has loaded the back of the schedule with the contender matchups in the past few years. Playing the conference favorite the last game of the season is pretty awesome.  The return of mid-week football comes with old familiar foe Memphis the day before Halloween. Cincinnati plays Temple on a Friday night at home. Nice to see that ESPN is coming to Cincinnati twice.  Let's be honest with the schedule. After the Purdue opener, Northwestern State, Temple, UConn and SMU are not going to drive people to Nippert Stadium. You wish UC could have caught a break and ended up with a better streak of home games, but that just wasn't possible with this schedule.  Two different streaks of 3 of 4 games on the road make this schedule look tough. Tommy Tuberville has his work cut out for him.  The schedule is released. Spring practice has started. The smell of football is starting to kick up a little bit. 
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