The University of Cincinnati Bearcats starts its first season as a member of the American Athletic Conference. The Purdue Boilermakers provide the oppositions.
Both coaches are new to their respective programs.
Tommy Tubberville has 17 years of head coaching experience, the last three at Texas Tech.
Darrel Hazell was the head coach at Kent State the last two season, leading the Golden Flash (11-3) to its first bowl game in 40 years.