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2017 Schedule


2017 record: 0-0 (0-0 AAC)



Date Opponent Time/Result
8/31 Austin Peay 7pm - ESPN3
9/9 @ Michigan 12pm - ESPN
9/16 @ Miami (OH) 8pm - Fox 19
9/23 @ Navy 3:30pm - CBSSN
9/30 Marshall TBA
10/7 UCF TBA
10/14 bye  
10/21 SMU TBA
10/28 @ USF TBA
11/4 @ Tulane TBA
11/10 Temple 7pm - ESPN2
11/18 @ ECU TBA
11/25 UConn TBA
12/2 AAC Championship TBA


Home games in red



In 2012, we created the Republic of Cincinnati as a way for Bearcats fans to stay in touch to create a friendly tailgate environment on the road.  Our first official tailgate was for a Bearcats victory over Virginia Tech at FedEx Field on September 29, 2012.


Since that time, our group has evolved and grown.  In 2015, we introduced our 12' tailgate trailer and had our first successful road trip with it in 2016, when the Bearcats beat Purdue on September 10.


Since our group was originally formed, the Bearcats tailgating scene has exploded.  Numerous other groups have been created, more tailgate trailers/vehicles are popping up, and with the recent hire of Coach Luke Fickell, excitement in Bearcats football is at an all time high.  It is time for the next chapter.


With several road trip opportunities in 2017, including an exciting opportunity to head to Ann Arbor, MI, we're creating the Cincinnati Association of Tailgaters (CAT) as a way for various tailgate groups and individuals to come together to pool resources to create one true Bearcats presence on the road - a real Republic of Cincinnati.


Look for more details soon, including the first official CAT outing for the 2017 Bearcats Spring Game.  If your group is interested in playing a role, please contact us or comment below.


Go Bearcats!




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The 2017 Bearcats football schedule was released last week and after having some time to digest it, we've updated our interactive schedule (to the right) and have begun making road trip plans.  Lets dig in...


Home games:


Let's face it, none of us like weeknight games unless they're high profile and featured on ESPN.  This one is neither.  However, excitement should still be in the air as we officially welcome the Luke Fickell era to Clifton.  Should be nothing more than a warmup game against a squad that went 0-11 in 2016.  Let It Fly!


In a season where we don't exactly have a spectacular home slate, this could be one of the better ones.  Unlike most of our AAC counterparts, it's a safe bet that Marshall fans will travel, which always makes the atmosphere more fun.  Marshall went 3-9 in 2016 - unless there's major improvement, this could be a final tuneup game before we dive into the meat of the conference schedule.


We went to Orlando last year and it wasn't pretty.  In addition to the blistering heat, UCF handed our Bearcats a beat down, so you can definitely count on us do to our part to make sure that Nippert Stadium isn't a friendly place when these guys make the return trip.


SMU went 5-7 in 2016, but averaged nearly 26 points per game and scored over 30 points in 6 of their 12 games.  This should be a good test for our Bearcats, as they implement a new offense & defense in 2017.


At time of writing, our only home primetime matchup.  Nippert...under the lights...on national TV.  Nothing else needs to be said.  


 We wrap up the season, at home, with a familiar foe.  Could this be the beginning of the end of playing our old Big East pals?



Away games:


Attending (with trailer) - We've had this game circled since it was scheduled.  Wouldn't miss this one for the world - the trailer will be making the trip and formal tailgate planning will begin in the coming months!  Get your hotel booked while you can!


Attending (with trailer) - Yawn.  Our 7th home game.  We'll be there, with trailer, while we take over their stadium yet again.  Maybe after going 6-7 in 2016 (losing to Mississippi State in the St Pete Bowl) they've breathed some life into their fanbase and it won't be the stale environment that it's been for the past several trips.  Doubtful...but we'll see you there.


Not attending.  Regretfully, we won't be making this trip.  We've seen the stadium (2014 Military Bowl) and, unfortunately, can't handle 3 consecutive road games.


 Not attending.  We've been to several USF games (most recently, the debacle in 2015) and it's just time to see a new stadium.


Planning to attend (no trailer).  Not 100%, but it's really tough to pass up a New Orleans trip.  Will update the page ASAP, but as of February, count us in.


Planning to attend (with trailer).  We've heard that ECU fans know how to party, so we plan to tow the trailer some 1200 miles round trip to experience it first hand.  Please plan to join us - we think it'll be a fun one!



Could this be the year that the Bearcats return to glory?  It's too early to tell, but the coaching staff is doing and saying all of the right things - we're 100% in and can't wait to see this team take the field under new leadership!

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2016 is finally over and Bearcats fans can begin the healing process.  From last second, half court shots in basketball games to one of the most deflating football seasons in the past 10+ years, we're all ready to move on.


Coach Cronin has our basketball 'Cats ranked in the top 25 with nowhere to go but up and new football Coach Fickell has almost assembled his staff and has shown that he might be the guy to finally keep local recruits in Cincinnati!  2017 has promise to be a good one, folks!!


While there's not much tailgate action to write about in January, you can count on the following from us in the coming months:


  • Trailer upgrades (TBD)
  • April spring game
  • 6 home games in 2017
  • Road games to at least Ann Arbor & Oxford
  • ...and last but not least, a renewed enthusiasm about Bearcats football!  We're 100% bought in and ready to see what Coach Fick & Co can do to "Make Saturdays Great Again" in Clifton!  #LetItFly