Cincinnati Bearcats vs Pittsburgh Panthers
With greater media coverage & huge fan bases for teams, gone are the days when college football was dwarfed by its professional big brother. And when the levels rise to NCAA Division-I Football Bowl Subdivision, the heat is definitely on. The highest level of collegiate football requires supreme commitment & sublime technique, & nothing less is offered by two high-flying teams from the Big East Conference. Cincinnati Bearcats are pretenders to the great legacy of the Pittsburgh Panthers, an established collegiate superpower, yet recent years have seen the gap close rather alarmingly for the Panthers. The two teams have been locked in great battles every year since 2005, with little to choose between them. The two are part of the 16-team Big East Conference, & the Subdivision does not have an organized tournament to determine its champion, as the teams engage in post-season bowls to determine who will reach the Bowl Championship Series. That, on the other hand, ensures that every game is played like a final, & fans with Cincinnati Bearcats vs Pittsburgh Panthers tickets will be looking to crank up the volume as Nippert Stadium turns into a battlefield on December 4th.
The Bearcats comprise the college football team of the University of Cincinnati, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The university’s renovation as part of a master plan in 1989 has converted it into one of the world’s most beautiful campuses. The City of Cincinnati itself has progressed by leaps & bounds, with the county seat of Hamilton County now enjoying a high quality lifestyle & becoming Ohio’s third most populous city. The city of Pittsburgh is the site for the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania State. The steel industry historically made Pittsburgh famous but nowadays oil & gas mining has received its fair share of attention in this rapidly developing city. The University’s Pittsburgh Panthers football team has been utterly dominant, enhancing the prestige of the institution nationally. Ever since the Bearcats joined the Big East Conference in 2005, the two heavyweights have been annually locked in battle in the River City Rivalry. This year sees the alternating hosting venue shift to the Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati. With a $10.5 million construction cost, the stadium was opened in 1924. It was named after Bearcats player James Nippert, who died of sepsis the previous year. The Nippert Stadium has been affectionately called “the Zoo” when full to capacity with 35,100 raucous fans. Although the capacity is the smallest in the Big East Conference & plans are underway for a 15000-seat expansion, fans have managed to transform it into an intimidating cauldron of noise on match-days.
The Bearcats are coached by Butch Jones who is in his debut year at the helm of affairs. He has previously served as head coach of Central Michigan. Mike Thomas is the athletics director in charge of the Bearcats sports program, which is one of the oldest in the country. For the Panthers, the selection process is headed by Coach Dave Wannstedt, who took up the mantle in 2004. An impressive resume, including coaching at professional outfits Dallas Cowboys & Miami Dolphins, has built his reputation. Steve Pederson is the athletics director for the Panthers since 2007, having earlier served in that same role from 1996 to 2002. “Iron” Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, Russ Grimm & Dan Marino are famous Panthers who have carved out a name for themselves in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. With their more recent surge of fortunes, the Bearcats boast of having possessed two current NFL players to have won Super Bowl: Tyjuan Hagler & Troy Evans.
Pittsburgh Panthers are one of the leading teams in the college football arena, with no less than nine National titles, of which eight came before WWII. For the Bearcats, the tale is drastically different, with no National Title, but a promising 11 conference championships. The River City Rivalry for the Paddlewheel Trophy is far from settled, however. And Bearcats fans queuing up for Cincinnati Bearcats vs Pittsburgh Panthers tickets will point to last year’s amazing comeback for signs of improvement on the 2-7 head-to-head record, when Bearcats overcame a 31-10 deficit to storm to a 1-point victory over the shocked Panthers in the Big East Championship game.
College football’s most magnetic elements of raw, untamed, ruthless aggression promise to be in full display on 4th December. And fans with Cincinnati Bearcats vs Pittsburgh Panthers tickets will make sure it will be an atmosphere to savor.