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Army adds 12th game to 2020 football schedule, at Cincinnati

It will be the Black Knights’ third true road game of the upcoming season.

NCAA Football: Army at Navy Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

Just days after releasing a revised 11-game slate for the upcoming college football season, Army has added a 12th game to its schedule.

The Black Knights announced Wednesday that they had agreed to a game at Cincinnati on Sept. 26. The Bearcats — who are ranked No. 20 in the preseason Associated Press poll — will play a return game at West Point on Oct. 4, 2031.

A time and broadcast information for this year’s game at Nippert Stadium has not yet been set.

Cincinnati will be the third team from the American Athletic Conference that Army plays this season, joining Navy and Tulane. The Black Knights’ trip to Nippert will also be just their third true road game of the upcoming season.

The Bearcats are now arguably the toughest opponent on Army’s schedule. Under Luke Fickell, Cincinnati went 11-3 last season, lost narrowly to Memphis in the AAC title game and then beat Boston College in the Birmingham Bowl.

Army and Cincinnati have met six times previously, with the Black Knights last winning 48-29 in West Point in 2004 under Bobby Ross, bringing the series to an even 3-3 mark. Army and Cincinnati played each other five times between 1998 and 2004, as both were then members of CUSA.

Scheduling Cincinnati likely rules out the possibility of Army rescheduling their game against Rice this year. The Black Knights were supposed to visit the Owls on Sept. 12, but the game fell into limbo when Rice pushed back the start of their season.

Here’s Army’s full schedule, as of Aug. 26:

  • Sept. 5 vs. Middle Tennessee State
  • Sept. 12 vs. Louisiana-Monroe
  • Sept. 19 vs. BYU (3:30 p.m. EST on CBS)
  • Sept. 26 at No. 20 Cincinnati
  • Oct. 3 vs. Abilene Christian (FCS)
  • Oct. 10 vs. The Citadel (FCS)
  • Oct. 17 at UTSA
  • Oct. 24 vs. Mercer (FCS)
  • Nov. 7 vs. Air Force
  • Nov. 14 at Tulane
  • Nov. 21 vs. Georgia Southern
  • Dec. 12 vs. Navy (in Philadelphia)