Week 0 meeting might not be the last for Miami and Florida as talk of home-and-home surfaces

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We’re getting a real treat for Week 0 this season when longtime rivals Miami and Florida kickoff in Orlando as part of the celebrations surrounding the sport’s 150th anniversary. 

As appetizing as it is to see some historic powerhouses like the Gators and Hurricanes meet on the gridiron again, there is good news for fans in the Sunshine State that this might not be the last meeting involving the two sides.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, UF and Miami are “discussing” a potential home-and-home in the near future and that such a series could be announced somewhat soon.

Fans of a certain age will remember some of the absolute classics the rivals staged in the 1980’s though the upcoming game will be just the seventh meeting since the annual series was discontinued in 1987. Miami has been the more dominant name in the rivalry recently, winning seven of the last eight — including the most recent meeting in 2013 by upsetting the then-No. 12 Gators 21-16 in South Florida.

The Sentinel notes that 2023 is a likely “starting point” for a home-and-home series to begin given openings for both sides. 

Either way, it should make for a fun backdrop to think of these two having more than a one-off going forward as college football returns with Gators and Hurricanes kicking off 2019.