It’s been a pretty busy week for Boston College football with new scheduling announcements, and a new one has popped up just this evening. Boston College football has added the University of Cincinnati to its future schedules, according to Fletcher Page of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The news comes shortly after BC announced future matchups with Army, Holy Cross, and a re-announcement of games with UConn, which came in a release last week.
The Eagles will travel to Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio for the first meeting of a home-and-home agreement in 2026, according to the report, with the Bearcats making the return trip to Alumni Stadium in 2027. So far the Eagles have Rutgers and Ohio State scheduled for those seasons with one non-conference slot open each year as well. That’s certainly not the worst out-of-conference lineup we’ve ever seen, though with two P5 opponents (Rutgers somehow, and Ohio State) scheduled, it wouldn’t be surprising to see that last spot filled with an FCS opponent. You can check out all of BC’s future non-conference opponents here.
As far as G5 games go, Cincinnati is a pretty good one to pick up. It’s a kinda-sorta-if-you-squint-at-the-map-a-bit regional matchup against a reasonably interesting team (again, as far as G5 teams go), who the Eagles haven’t played in quite some time. Furthermore, Cincinnati has been a pretty good recruiting pipeline in the past for BC (hello Like Kuechly), so it'll be interesting to see if the Eagles start reeling in some future targets in Ohio with UC and OSU on the future schedules.
hard absolutely impossible to figure out who’s going to be good 7-8 years from now, it would be fair to say that UC has been quite a solid team for the better part of 10+ years at this point. UC has had some pretty good teams of late, including a 11-2 season last year with a win over Virginia Tech in the Military Bowl, a season-ending spot in the AP rankings, and a rank as high as 19th earlier in the year. You may also recall the 2009 season that saw a 12-0 Cincinnati team climb as high as 4th in the polls before falling to Florida in the Sugar Bowl, a wild season smack in the middle of a streak of 5 out of 6 seasons that saw the Bearcats find their way into the rankings.
The Eagles and Bearcats last faced off over 20 years ago, back in 1997, with Cincinnati picking up a 24-6 win in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles hold a 4-3-0 all-time record against the Bearcats dating back to their first matchup in 1961.