Purdue turned to the Mid-American Conference for a coach to revive its stalled program, bringing in Darrell Hazell from Kent State. Cincinnati lured Tommy Tuberville away from Texas Tech.
Both make debuts at their new schools on Saturday with a lot of uncertainty over how all the newness will play out on the field for the first time.
Coaches know a win would gain their players' trust. Cincinnati has extra motivation for the game at sold-out Nippert Stadium. It's the Bearcats' first as part of the new American Athletic Conference.
There are questions about how much Cincinnati quarterback Brendon Kay will play. He's been bothered by a sore passing shoulder.
Temperatures on the artificial turf are expected to be well over 100 degrees, stressing both teams.
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