The Miami Hurricanes are set to host big-time, home-state rival Florida in a highly-anticipated Week 2 showdown on Saturday. The two historically dominant programs faced off every year between 1938 and 1987. However, this year’s contest will be the first between the Canes and Gators since 2008.
Unfortunately, it will also be the last time they play one another for the foreseeable future. There is no future game planned at this point and both athletic directors have stated that there are no plans to schedule one.
On Monday, however, Florida AD Jeremy Foley may have caused fans to drool just a bit by saying that the only legit chance the two teams could meet again would be at a neutral site.
The Gators already enjoy an annual out of conference game against Florida State. Playing two excellent ACC teams (both FSU and Miami) each and every year would unquestionably increase Florida’s overall strength of schedule. However, the Gators are not going to win both games every year. Add in the increasing strength of the SEC schedule and the yearly slate would just be too brutal to navigate. It would thus be smarter to schedule one easier opponent – at home – in order to raise extra revenue and more than likely guarantee a win.
All of that being said, a neutral-site game between the Canes and Gators? Utter mayhem, in the best kind of way.