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Report: Gators & Canes may resume rivalry

Reports are surfacing that the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes are on the verge of scheduling a future contest between the two schools.

With the city of orlando getting into the mix to help make use of the new stadium in town, a report has surfaced that the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes could schedule a football game for the 2019 season at the bvenue.

Mike Bianchi  in The Orlando Sentinel writes that the two programs are "close to signing a deal to open the season in Orlando's Citrus Bowl in 2019".

The two teams played each other annually until 1987, when Florida moved in a different direction having to play seven conference games and a home and home with Florida State at the time.

The two teams matched up twice in the last 8 years with the Gators winning in Gainesville in 2008 by a 26-3 margin and the Hurricanes winning in 2013 with a 21-16 decision.

There has been a lot of talk over time about renewing the rivalry on an annual basis, but that has only come from the fans. The University of Florida has nothing to gain from the contest on an annual basis, but if a group like the Orlando one can come in and make it monetary feasible to give up a home game, that is a different story.

The contracts still have to be signed for the game and these things have been derailed before, but this is certainly something the fans and most likely the staff at Florida are excited about as they continue to make a push in south Florida for some of the top prospects in the area.

Miami currently holds a 29-26 win advantage in the series.


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