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Rivalry Week: Miami Hurricanes Vs. Florida Gators

By on September 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm

DENX9269On Saturday, the University of Miami renews its rivalry with in-state rival, the University of Florida, at Sun Life Stadium. This will be the 55th meeting between the two schools, with Miami leading the all-time series 28-26. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.

Both teams come into Saturday’s contest with 1-0 records.  Miami won its season opener at home against Florida Atlantic University by a score of 34-6, while #9 ranked Florida defeated visiting Toledo by 24-6 margin.

The two schools last played in Gainesville in 2008, where Tim Tebow led the Florida Gators to a 20-3 victory over an inexperienced Miami Hurricane team.  That Florida Gator team won the BCS National Championship game that season at Sun Life Stadium.

Saturday marks the first time in ten years that the two teams have played in Miami.  In the last meeting played at the Orange Bowl, University of Miami quarterback Brock Berlin, who transferred from the Florida, led the Hurricanes to a come from behind 38-33 victory.  Berlin will serve as an honorary captain for the game on Saturday.

This will be the first time that the two schools have played each other at Sun Life Stadium.

Prior to 1987, the University of Miami and Florida met on an annual home-and-away basis, dating back to 1938 (there was no game in 1943 when Florida did not have a team).  Since then, the two rivals have only met on five occasions, two of which were bowl games; the Sugar Bowl in 2001 and Peach Bowl in 2004.

Back when the annual rivalry game was played, Miami and Florida competed for the Seminole War Canoe Trophy.  Created by the Seminole Indians from a cypress tree, the Hurricanes have won the War Canoe Trophy a total of 23 times, with Florida having won the trophy on 20 occasions.  The trophy currently resides in the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.

A capacity crowd is expected for Saturday’s game.  If you plan on attending the game, please remember that the NFL Bag Policy will be in effect.  For more information regarding the bag policy, please click here.


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