One of the more anticipated non-conference matchups will take place this upcoming September 7. Two of the more prominent football programs in the state of Florida will take the field against each other for the first time since 2008 in the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida Gators. It may not be an annual tradition for these two to go head-to-head, but it’s always an event when these two Sunshine State staples meet on the gridiron.
However, according to Miami Athletic Director Blake James, this is an event that everyone might not want to get too used to seeing in the future.
Speaking to reporters at the ACC meetings this week, James let it be known that no discussions have taken place between the universities in regards to continuing the series. Of course, a lot of this centers around the complications that may arise from the proposed nine-game conference schedule for the SEC, the conference that houses the University of Florida. The Gators already line up their annual contest with the third Florida team, the Florida State Seminoles. Should the schedule change take place, finalizing a match with the Hurricanes would prove quite difficult in the foreseeable future.
Now, the conflict isn’t all the fault of the Gators. Miami has upcoming non-conference slates scheduled against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Michigan State Spartans, and Rutgers Scarlet Knights. So, in the near future, both schools are guilty of not having enough room for one another. However, the possible SEC scheduling change provides the kink for possible games in the distant future.