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COLUMBUS - Urban Meyer has spoken repeatedly about how home night games can enhance Ohio State's ability to recruit, and he was in favor of having as many on the schedule as possible.

He is getting his wish.

When the Big Ten Network announced its prime-time schedule Tuesday morning, Ohio State added its fourth night game of the 2014 season.

The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Cincinnati at 6 p.m. on the Big Ten Network on Sept. 27, joining night games against Virginia Tech (Sept. 6, 8 p.m.), Penn State (Oct. 25, 8 p.m.) and Illinois (Nov. 1, 8 p.m.).

Ohio State has never hosted three night games in Ohio Stadium, and the Buckeyes and Nebraska have more night games than any other Big Ten team with four apiece.

The matchup with the Bearcats will likely be one of Ohio State's top recruiting weekends, and it's an interesting matchup for Meyer considering Cincinnati is his alma mater. The teams have met four times since 1999, with the last meeting in 2006 when the Buckeyes won 37-7.

Though Cincinnati has beaten Ohio State just twice, in 1896 and 1897, the Bearcats came stunningly close to defeating the Buckeyes during their 2002 national championship season in a 23-19 loss.

UC will receive $888,246 to play the Buckeyes, according to data furnished by Ohio State.


April 23, 2014


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