According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, the Miami football game with the Florida Gators could be moved up a week to August 24
The idea behind the decision to move the renewal of the rivalry between the Hurricanes and the Gators is to place the game in a more marque position. The Miami football team and Florida are currently scheduled to play in Orlando on August 31. That is the first weekend of the college football season.
There are usually a few games scheduled before the traditional kickoff of the college football season on Labor Day weekend. The only game currently scheduled for the week before is Arizona at Hawaii on August 24. That weekend is designated as Week zero.
Before the game can be played a week earlier, the NCAA would have to approve the switch. If the move to a week earlier is approved it would also give Miami and Florida an extra week of training camp in August.
The game will be the first of a three-city reunion tour for the new Miami football Coach Manny Diaz. Diaz worked for Florida Head Coach Dan Mullen as the Defensive Coordinator and linebackers Coach at Mississippi State in 2010 and 2015.
Diaz left Starkville the first time to take the Defensive Coordinator job at Texas under Mack Brown. Brown was hired for his second stint at North Carolina beginning this season.
The Hurricanes and Tar Heels play September 7 in Chapel Hill. If the game between Florida and Miami is moved up it would give the Hurricanes a bye week before they play North Carolina.
The final stop on the Diaz reunion tour is November 7 in Tallahassee. Diaz began his college coaching career as a Graduate Assistant at Florida State in 1998-99 under Bobby Bowden.
Miami and Florida have played 55 times. The only Football program the Hurricanes have played more than the Gators is Florida State. Miami holds a 29-26 lead all-time in the series.
The Hurricanes and Gators did not play from the1988-1999 seasons. Miami won the last two meetings of the 1980s and all four meetings in the 2000s. Two of those came in bowl games. The most memorable being a 37-20 Hurricanes beat down in the 2001 Sugar Bowl.
Florida ended the streak with a victory in the 2008 season, Miami won the last meeting in 2013. The most memorable game in the series in their modern meetings was Miami’s epic comeback in 2003. What made the win even sweeter is that Miami was quarterbacked by Florida transfer Brock Berlin.