Florida vs Miami: The FBS college football season kicks off this weekend and the honor of featuring in the curtain-raiser falls to two of the sport’s historic rivals. Florida and Miami have been kept apart in recent years and their meeting in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday night will be the first time the two programs have crossed path for six years. The game is set to start at 7 p.m. ET.
College football won’t roll out a full slate of games until next week, but fans will get their first taste of the 2019 season on Saturday with four matchups on the gridiron: two at the FBS level and two FCS games.
Ken Goe, Sean Meagher and Joel Odom of The Oregonian/OregonLive will once again bring you their college football best bets, with point spreads and score predictions for the best matchups every week of the season.
It’s the earliest start date for any major college football season since 2003. It is also the earliest ever start for Florida or Miami, plus it’s even rarer that a big Power 5 matchup will occur in Week 0.
Last season, the Gators went 10–3 with a win over Michigan in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, while the Hurricanes ended the year at 7–6 with a loss to Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl.
The two schools last met on Sept. 7, 2013, which resulted in a 21–16 Miami win.
Florida will then face UT Martin on Sept. 7, while Miami will next take on North Carolina on Sept. 7.
Here’s how to watch Saturday’s game:
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Live Stream: You can stream the game via WatchESPN.