Cincinnati will play inside college football's biggest stadium in four years, as the school announced Wednesday that it will face off against Michigan at the Big House on Sept. 9, 2017.
The Bearcats will receive $1.2 million for the game. The school announced a home-and-home series in men's hoops between the 2015-16 and 2018-19 seasons as well.
Michigan Stadium seats 109,901, the highest capacity of any college football venue.
“It is ideally our preference to sign home and home non-conference games,” Cincinnati athletic director Whit Babcock said in a statement. “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."
Cincinnati opens this season against Purdue before traveling to Illinois a week later. The Bearcats will travel to Purdue open the 2016 season, and they have two road dates set up with Ohio State (2014, 2016) as well.
Connecticut announced a nonconference agreement with Boise State on Wednesday, another boost to the strength of future schedules of Big East teams.