Cincinnati and Michigan schedule game in 2017

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

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Cincinnati will see the Big House for the first time in 2017. (USATSI)

Despite being two of the oldest college football programs in the country, Cincinnati and Michigan have never opposed one another in a football game. Well, the two schools have decided to rectify that situation, announcing on Wednesday they'd agreed to play a game in Ann Arbor on Sept. 9, 2017.

"It is ideally our preference to sign home and home nonconference games,"Cincinnati athletic director Whit Babcock said in a release. "However, the chance for our fans to have a relatively short drive to see us play a great opponent, plus the men's basketball scheduling component above and beyond the single football game in Ann Arbor, made it a good one-off decision for us. I want to thank Deputy Director of Athletics Bob Arkeilpane for his creativity in getting this deal done from our side and to thank Michigan's Dave Brandon and his administrative team for their collaboration. We will continue to look at the best scheduling opportunities for UC moving forward and for the chance to promote the Bearcats on a national stage."

The schools also agreed to a home-and-home series in basketball.

Michigan is just the latest Big Ten school Cincinnati has scheduled in recent years, as the Bearcats will open the 2013 season hosting Purdue -- and will also travel to Purdue in 2016 -- and has a road game against Illinois this year, too. The Bearcats will also play a home-and-home with in-state rival Ohio State in 2014 and 2018.

Of course, considering the way life works in the Big East these days, and the rate the Big Ten is expanding, it's possible these could all be conference games at some point in the not-too-distant future.

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