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Hurricane Watch: Florida-Miami Football Preview

By on September 7th, 2013

]This is it. This Saturday, the lucky waves of fans piling into Sun Life Stadium will be the last ones to watch a Florida-Miami football game probably for quite a while. The Gators and Hurricanes will not play another game… at least for the foreseeable future, according to UF Athletic Director Jeremy Foley.

So if this is it for the “rivalry,” even though recent games have not been as intense as they once were, how will Saturday’s game go down?

The Gators won the last meeting 26-3 back in 2008, but Miami leads the series 28-26.

About three years ago, Al Golden sat behind the control board of the Hurricanes, faced with the daunting task of reviving a once glorious program. Simultaneously, Will Muschamp took the reigns of the Gators after Urban Meyer bolted for Ohio State.

Florida redshirt-junior defensive back Cody Riggs graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale. Riggs says he’s been a Gator fan his entire life.

But any football fan knows that games are won in the trenches, and Gator offensive lineman Kyle Koehne will have to play well if Florida wants to head back to Gainesville 2-0.

Koehne says the Gators have a lot to prove against Miami.

For Miami, this game is just another step toward completing a rebuilding project, but for the Gators, this game could possibly ruin their chances for a national championship.

Some believe both teams will crowd the line of scrimmage to stop potent running attacks; that could mean play in the passing game and on special teams could be big in the contest.

Listen live for all the Gator football action starting with the First And Ten pregame show at 9am.


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