No. 8 Bearcats set to face Indiana

For the first time this season, the University of Cincinnati football team will venture away from the friendly confines of Nippert Stadium and head directly into enemy territory.

The No. 8-ranked (Associated Press/Coaches) Bearcats (2-0) will face a capacity crowd on the road for the first time in quite some time.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UC's road games last season weren't accompanied by stadiums packed with crazed, hostile fans.

That won't be the case Saturday inside Indiana University's Memorial Stadium (noon on ESPN).

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"The great thing about college football now is it's really back," Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said. "You have the environment, you have the crowds. For us to go and play a really, really, really good Indiana team that obviously we've been talking about since the summer, and then throw the road changeup and a lot of the things that we're doing, and the crowd, that's something we haven't experienced in a year and a half or two years. How we will handle that will be a big deal."

Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell in the second half of the NCAA football game between Cincinnati Bearcats and Murray State Racers on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati.

The good news for Fickell and the Bearcats is many of those 52,656 fans are expected to be wearing red and black due to the schools' proximity (about 130 miles).

"It will be really nice to know we've got a little bit more that's following and with us," Fickell said. "They could be a little bit of a factor there. We've got to be the No. 1 factor, but it would be nice to have them as the No. 2 factor, that's for sure."

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