Florida Football To Meet Miami In 2008, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The University of Florida and the University of Miami have agreed to a home and home series on the football field, the two schools announced Monday. The Gators and Hurricanes will meet September 6, 2008, in Gainesville and September 7, 2013, at the Orange Bowl.

"We are pleased to announce two future games with the Hurricanes," said UF Athletics Director Jeremy Foley. "When the NCAA added the 12th game, we wanted to look for years where there was a 14-week window to the season to give us flexibility in picking a date for this series. The 2008 and 2013 calendar years allow us to do just that. In every other year, there are just 13 weeks to play 12 games, giving you less flexibility to schedule games and opponents."

"I'm looking forward to our future matchups with Miami," said UF football coach Urban Meyer. "I have a lot of respect for the tradition of the Miami football program and these games will be another great challenge for our football team."

The Gators and Hurricanes have met 53 times, the most games played by Florida against a non-conference opponent. Miami holds a slight 28-25 advantage in the series and 25 of the meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less. The teams first met in 1938 and played every year (except 1943) until 1987. The last meeting between the two schools was in the 2004 Peach Bowl.

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