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NC State schedules football home-and-home with Cincinnati

The series begins in 2023.

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NC State and Cincinnati have agreed to a home-and-home series in football that begins in 2023 in Raleigh, with a return trip to Cincinnati in 2029. Fletcher Page of the Cincinnati Enquirer has the report.

That home game against the Bearcats completes the Wolfpack’s 2023 non-conference schedule, which also includes VMI, Notre Dame, and UConn. That’s not a bad slate, assuming of course that UConn manages to improve from laughing-stock-of-FBS between now and then. Far from guaranteed!

NC State’s non-conference schedules are set through 2025.

The Wolfpack and Bearcats have met twice before, both of those games coming during the Tom O’Brien era. The first meeting, in 2010, went well...

The second meeting, uh, not so much.

That was the tail end of Cincy’s tenure in the Big East, though the Bearcats have maintained a decent program despite a forced demotion into the American amid conference realignment. They’ve been bowling in four of the last six seasons and finished 11-2 in 2018.