With college football teams around the country looking to beef up their strength of schedule heading into the College Football Playoff, one hot topic circling Gainesville has been Florida’s historic rivalry with Miami. The two teams played every year except for one from 1938 to 1987. After 1987 the rivalry was discontinued due to SEC scheduling, only to resume in select years during the 2000s.
The 2013 edition was supposed to be the last game, however there has been buzz surrounding a possible renewal of the yearly rivalry. Whether or not the two schools get to a point of agreement remains to be seen, but Florida head coach Will Muschamp told the media on Tuesday at SEC Spring Meetings that he favors it. Muschamp has had “very brief” talks with Athletic Director Jeremy Foley regarding it.
Will Muschamp said he would be in favor of neutral site game w/Miami
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 27, 2014
Will Muschamp said he and AD Jeremy Foley have had “very brief” talks about playing Miami in neutral site game, possibly Orlando.
— Antonya English (@TBTimes_Gators) May 27, 2014
The reasoning behind a neutral site is that scheduling a home-and-home on a yearly basis would cause Florida (and Miami) to miss out on the revenue collected from hosting a game.
While a neutral site is a good compromise, it also presents a set of hurdles. Florida already travels to Jacksonville annually to face Georgia, meaning the Gators would be looking at two yearly, non-road games that are played away from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. For this reason lower-level teams offer an easier solution to generating more revenue, seeing as they are a fixed expense and do not require a return trip.
If the two sides can agree on a neutral site location and revenue sharing – this is an important one, as UF holds the heavier hand – in all likelihood the series will happen. That being said, don’t expect either of the hated rivals to bow down to one another anytime soon.
[H/T College Spun]