Gators, Hurricanes to meet in 2019 opener in Orlando

Miami beat Florida in last meeting in 2013


PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – It's official. The Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes will meet again on the gridiron to start the 2019 season.

Both schools announced the renewal of the dormant rivalry in the 2019 season opener at the Florida Citrus Bowl, which is being renamed Camping World Stadium.

Miami and Florida played annually from 1944 until 1987, but the schools have only met six times since.

The Hurricanes won the last meeting, 21-16, at home in 2013.

Miami leads the all-time series 29-26 and has won seven of the last eight meetings dating to 1986.

"We are excited to have this opportunity to play the University of Florida in Orlando," Miami athletic director Blake James said. "There have been so many memorable games between our two institutions and I am confident that all of our alumni and fans will enjoy seeing the two teams square off in the Citrus Bowl."

Florida discontinued the rivalry on an annual basis after the 1987 season. The teams met for the first time in 13 seasons in the 2001 Sugar Bowl -- a 37-20 win for Miami.

It almost felt like the rivalry had been reestablished when the teams met for four straight calendar years. After the Sugar Bowl, the teams met in a home-and-home series in 2002 and 2003 and played in the 2004 Peach Bowl on New Year's Eve. Miami won every game.

Florida snapped a six-game losing streak in a 26-3 victory in Gainesville in 2008, but the Hurricanes have laid claim to the Seminole War Canoe, presented to the winning team, since 2013.

This will be the first meeting between the schools in Orlando since Florida's 19-10 win in 1976.

"Orlando is a great Gator city and we look forward to playing in front of our fans from all over the state of Florida and beyond," Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said.

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