MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The University of Miami Hurricanes are gearing up for their first meeting with the University of Florida football team in six years.
Saturday’s big game in Orlando comes just days after the Gators and Canes announce a home and home series for the 2024 and 2025 seasons, renewing an in-state rivalry that used to be an annual affair.READ MORE: Florida House To Take Up Transgender Athlete Ban
The Orlando game is their sixth meeting in the last 32 years.
Barring a bowl matchup, they won’t play for another five seasons. Miami will travel to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, on Aug. 31, 2024, before hosting the Gators at Hard Rock Stadium on Sept. 20, 2025.
“I think it’s great for our fans and the entire state to have two top teams like Miami and Florida play at each other’s stadium,” first-year Miami coach Manny Diaz said.
The teams last played in 2013, with Miami winning 21-16. The Canes have won seven of the past eight and 12 of 16.
“The Hurricanes and Gators have a long history as in-state gridiron rivals and we’re excited to add a new chapter to the series,” Director of Athletics Blake James said. “This is not only a game that both fan bases want to see, but a game that football fans across the Sunshine State and across the nation are eager to see as well.”
“Florida and Miami playing periodically is good for college football in general, but especially in the state of Florida,” said Florida’s athletic director Scott Stricklin said. “It is a great rivalry with two storied programs and in line with our current philosophy of trying to schedule a minimum of 10 Power Five opponents annually.”READ MORE: Florida Senate Committee Advances 'Anti-Riot' Measure
After facing each other every season from 1943 to 1987, Miami and Florida have met just seven times since then. UM holds a 29-26 all-time edge in the series, and has won seven of the last eight matchups.
On Tuesday, the Hurricanes weren’t worried about the future matchups. Instead, they were focused on Saturday’s matchup and starting quarterback Jarren Williams.
“Oh yeah it’s pretty nice now that I don’t have to dodge your guys questions anymore about it so I’m happy about that,” said tight end Will Mallory. “He’s not going to get up in your face but he’s a very calm guy and he keeps everyone focused.”
“He takes command of the hole like you know like off the field he may be a younger guy and people say not experienced but when you get in the huddle that’s your quarterback,” said wide receiver KJ Osborn.
Players also said they are excited about starting the season with a marquis opponent.
“With the energy around here how everyone is um you know been talking and a just the spirit around here everyone is talking about a game so yeah there is a lot of excitement around here,” said safety Amari Carter.MORE NEWS: Miami Weather: Isolated Thunderstorms Expected Saturday Evening
I’m going to be amped up, like um, I probably won’t show it but you know inside I’m going to be ready to go. You know I’m dreaming about it and I can’t wait I’m visualizing I can’t wait so like I said it should be fun,” said Osborn.