A few days ago UConn freshman quarterback Tim Boyle commented on playing in historic Nippert Stadium. His comments
sounded like that of a freshman who has yet you experience the hostile but friendly confines that is Nippert Stadium.
Boyle who has never played in a game at Nippert had this to say about Saturday’s game:
“I’m really excited. I’m not worried about the noise. I’m not worried about playing at Cincinnati’s stadium. I’m excited to play football on another Saturday and earn the respect of my teammates.”
To not say your aren’t worried about the noise is a lie. Every team that comes into Nippert comments on how small the stadium is but yet how incredibly loud it is on the field. It is one of the possible reasons why Ohio State won’t play the Bearcats at Nippert Stadium.
UConn comes into Saturdays game 0-5 on the season. Having fired head coachPaul Pasqualoni after an 0-4 start and a 10-18 record overall. UConn’s interim head coach is a former Cincinnati Bearcats head coach TJ Weist. Weist knows Cincinnati’s players inside and out, that is the only intriguing story line for this weekends game.
The other storyline will be how the student section reacts to Boyle’s comments. The Bearcats student section is hostile every game, come down during pre game warm ups and you will hear nothing buy taunts be hurled at the opposing players. Boyle will certainly hear some of that this weekend.
While Nippert only seats 35,000 people, it is one of the loudest stadiums in football. Nippert is build down into the ground, being surrounded by buildings on all sides not to mentions the seats go all the way to field level all combine to make Nippert loud and hostile.
Homecoming is this weekend, Cincinnati is looking to win out. Expect Nippert to be loud. As always come early, be loud, wear black.