Report: Date of Miami-Florida game could be moved up
The season-opening matchup between Miami and Florida doesn’t really affect B1G fans, but when it comes to the first week of the college football season, every game is newsworthy. Especially if it means a primetime matchup is scheduled even earlier in the year.
According to a report from the Orlando Sentinel, the Miami-Florida matchup — scheduled for Aug. 31 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando — could potentially be moved up a full week to Aug. 24. The two schools are awaiting a decision from the NCAA.
Miami and Florida haven’t played on the field since the 2013 season, a game the Hurricanes won 21-16. The idea of moving the game up a week is to give the in-state rivals better exposure to kickoff the 2019 season. The only other game scheduled for that day is Arizona vs. Hawai’i.
If the change is approved, the Aug. 24 date would be the earliest start to a football season for either program.
Miami and Florida have squared off 55 times, with the Hurricanes owning a 29-26 series lead over the Gators. Miami has won seven of the last eight meetings between the two programs. Florida has won just one game since 1986, a 26-3 victory in Gainesville in 2008.