June 18, 1998

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Bearcats have agreed to meet on the gridiron four times in eight years, starting with a game next year (Sept. 25, 1999) at Ohio Stadium.

“We are very excited about playing Cincinnati four times over an eight-year period,” Ohio State Director of Athletics Andy Geiger said. “This will give us a tremendous opportunity to reach out to the thousands of fans and our alumni base in Cincinnati and the southern part of the state. It will be exciting playing in the Cincinnati Bengals new stadium in 2002, and we are thrilled about having seven home games at Ohio Stadium next year. Any time we have an opportunity to get seven home games, we’ll do it. It opens up another opportunity for our fans to take in a game in Columbus.”

The four dates the Buckeyes and the Bearcats will meet:

Sept. 25, 1999 Ohio Stadium Sept. 21, 2002 at the Bengals’ new Paul Brown Field Sept. 4, 2004 Ohio Stadium Sept. 16, 2006 Ohio Stadium

The two schools, separated by about 100 miles of Interstate 75, have met 11 times previously in football, but have not played since the 1931 season. Ohio State holds a 9-2 advantage in wins. OSU won the first three games (32-0 on Nov. 18, 1893 in Columbus; 6-4 on Nov. 17, 1894 in Cincinnati; 4-0 on Nov. 9, 1895 in Columbus). UC won the next two meetings, both in Cincinnati (8-6 on Oct. 10, 1896; 24-0 on Nov. 13, 1897). Ohio State has won the last six games in the series: 29-0 on Oct. 13, 1900 in Cincinnati; and (all in Columbus) 23-0 on Oct. 8, 1910; 11-6 on Nov. 30, 1911; 47-7 on Oct. 26, 1912; 46-0 on Oct. 11, 1919; and 67-6 on Oct. 3, 1931.

“Cincinnati is an in-state school and anytime you play another university from your state there is a lot of fan interest, a lot of enthusiasm and the two teams really get up for the game,” said Ohio State coach John Cooper. “Four games in eight years will really generate some excitement and enthusiasm in the state, and I am pleased that three of those games will be played in Ohio Stadium.”

Ohio State University Future Football Schedules

As of June 17, 1998

Subject to Change

1999 Sept. 11 UCLA Sept. 18 Ohio University Sept. 25 Cincinnati Oct. 2 Wisconsin Oct. 9 Purdue Oct. 16 at Penn State Oct. 23 at Minnesota Oct. 30 Iowa Nov. 6 at Michigan State Nov. 13 Illinois Nov. 20 at Michigan

2000 Sept. 2 Fresno State Sept. 9 at Arizona Sept. 16 Miami University Sept. 23 Penn State Oct. 7 at Wisconsin Oct. 14 Minnesota Oct. 21 at Iowa Oct. 28 at Purdue Nov. 4 Michigan State Nov. 11 at Illinois Nov. 18 Michigan