The Florida-Miami football rivalry is attempting a renewal of sorts, according to a new report. The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the two programs, who used to meet annually until 1987, is close to reaching a deal that would have them open the 2019 season playing each other in Orlando’s Citrus Bowl.
The Canes and Gators played up until 1987, when Florida dropped Miami from its schedule, claiming they couldn’t make an annual game with them work because of the Southeastern Conference’s requirement for eight conference games. Florida claimed that because of this, the athletic department couldn’t afford a home-and-away series each season, because they needed an extra home game for the money to support the athletic department.
As of Wednesday afternoon, no deal has been signed per Brett McMurphy of ESPN.
Given that this series was one of the most memorable and exciting in all of college football during the 1970s and 80s, I think we’d all love to see this rivalry renewed, especially in a neutral-site season opener. Miami holds a 29-26 lead in the series, having won seven of the last eight games.