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Is this the last Florida-Miami game ever?

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While Florida International and Central Florida are extending their young rivalry, Florida and Miami could be playing the last game in their rivalry’s history. At least, that’s what The Orlando Sentinel is suggesting.

One of the many always trustworthy anonymous sources close to the Florida athletics program tells The Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi “Unless Miami joins the SEC, I don’t see us ever playing them again during the regular season. It’s just not worth it.”

From Florida’s point of view, ending the Miami series makes some sense. The Gators are often criticized for staying so close to home in non-conference play every season, but the Gators do have a regular meeting with Florida State at the end of the regular season to cap an SEC schedule that features games against Georgia and South Carolina and should soon see more of a challenge from old rival Tennessee. Cross over games with SEC West foes will rotate games against Texas A&M, LSU and Alabama as well. Simply put, Florida will always have a challenging schedule in front of them and adding in a second high-profile non-conference game against a program like Miami could put the Gators at a disadvantage in the College Football Playoff era.

Would most fans like to see more of Florida and Miami? Absolutely. In an ideal world, Florida and Miami would play every september and the Gators continue ending the regular season against Florida State in late November. But it makes sense for Florida to ensure they don’t get in a position of losing a home game in a changing landscape. Because the series with Florida State already alternates between Gainesville and Tallahassee every season, Florida is one of the programs who puts an emphasis on securing seven home games at a minimum as often as possible. Should the SEC expand the conference schedule, getting to seven home games could become more difficult if a series with a school like Miami were to continue.

“People don’t want to hear this, but it’s the fact of the matter,” Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley told the Associated Press this week. “When you take a home game out of here, it cost you significant dollars. … You can’t do that every other year and try to run a sports program at the level we’re trying to run it. I think everybody thinks that’s not a big deal. Well, it is a big deal.”

As with most decisions in the evolving landscape of college football, money trumps tradition and rivalries.

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19 Responses to “Is this the last Florida-Miami game ever?”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 5, 2013 7:31 PM

    If they could drop FSU they would too. UF has no interest in competitive football against out of conference teams. Especially ones that want UF to actually travel for a game.

    Laughable that Florida talks about losing money though, their upper deck was more than half empty against Toledo. I’m sure Georgia Southern will be packing them in too.

    UF has no interest in anything besides padding it’s schedule with teams that don’t want anything but a pay day to come to Gainesville.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 5, 2013 8:03 PM

    Is the Florida AD developing a similar view as PAC and Big 12 have about their normal conference schedule is tough enough already, so they don’t need other games that may be tough. But this may come back to bring its own problems with lack of strength of schedule and problems with ranking for the new playoff series.

    If Florida is just approaching this from a economic viewpoint of not only losing ticket sales, parking permits, concessions (which are HUGE!), souvenirs, and local TV or Cable, etc. even if the stands are not filled can add up to a huge amount of money lost every other year. It has to be at least a consideration, if not a major consideration.

    Maybe Florida and Miami can put the game on the schedule every once in awhile, like LSU is negotiating at present with Tulane? That would probably work to keep the series alive without having to be every year.

  3. drpompanoduke says: Sep 5, 2013 8:23 PM

    Chickens now how to roost in Gainesville. Double talk from Foley like a used car salesmen. Perfect example of corporate idiots running college paying themselves big money while bitching that kids just don’t want To be amateurs anymore. The kids want this game, the fans want this game but mr foley needs that extra game to pay his big salary.

  4. cardmagnet says: Sep 5, 2013 9:15 PM

    Every time Miami’s program is in an upswing, UF drops them from the schedule. It’s pathetic.

  5. deadeye says: Sep 5, 2013 9:21 PM

    “As with most decisions in the evolving landscape of college football, money trumps tradition and rivalries.”

    =======================

    Newsflash: it’s always been about the money.

    What has changed is the fact that it’s now more profitable to schedule cup-cakes at home and secure a playoff spot in the process than it is to risk a loss playing away from home every other season.

    College football will one day resemble the NFL model. And getting there will be painful every step of the way.

  6. necr0philia says: Sep 5, 2013 9:53 PM

    I’m not sure why all the teams don’t just add one more game to there schedule. Or maybe take away one less “Cupcake” team and add a Rivalry team to play. Call it Rivalry weekend or something. Something has to give here but Money talks UF walks!!! (AWAY)

  7. gotampabay52 says: Sep 5, 2013 10:28 PM

    That’s UF for yah gators to lizards when they are asked to play winners UF wants th patty cake win man up b#%%hes play real teams you don’t play us we recruit better either way CANES win checkmate UF sucks

  8. canetic says: Sep 5, 2013 10:41 PM

    Better change their name to the Chickens

  9. jaydm84 says: Sep 5, 2013 11:39 PM

    I like how all the blame is on the gators. The ACC is a joke first of all, but Al Golden was on the radio earlier this summer and said he believes the smart move is to not schedule tough road games. And cardmagnet, you can’t just drop a team on the upswing, these games are scheduled years in advance.

  10. swampcannons says: Sep 6, 2013 12:56 AM

    Nothing but a bunch of crying and whining from a lousy fanbase of a team with their best years in the rearview mirror. UM, you had a chance to join the SEC and didn’t. You opted instead to join the ACC along with the other sadsacks FSU. How did that work out for you?!! Can’t even survive your own conference now. God knows what it would be like if you had joined, Vandy would be kicking your a$$es now!! Saturday can’t come soon enough to silence you gutter pigeons. UF will light you up. Good day!

  11. normtide says: Sep 6, 2013 1:56 AM

    I love how all these fans think that other teams need a stronger SOS. Florida plays LSU every year, and don’t cry about it. Foley had a chance to rail against the LSU game, but said he wants to keep it. And with all due respect, Tulane isn’t Miami. The gators play one strong OOC game a year, just like everyone else, two this year. The canes play an ACC schedule, Florida plays SEC. Compare the two team’s schedule this year, Miami can’t complain.

  12. raiderufan says: Sep 6, 2013 7:58 AM

    My issue is with the idea of “ever”. In the short term no matter how much I enjoy watching my Canes play the Gators it still doesn’t make much sense to go OOC and pick Miami….right now. The SEC won’t be on top forever. Football has always been cyclical and it always will be. What happens when the SEC isn’t aso daunting and playing Miami would help the strength of schedule? Not saying it’s next season or even soon but it will happen.

    I just believe this is the last game for right now. “Ever” is just unrealistic.

  13. thegamecocker says: Sep 6, 2013 8:40 AM

    Florida will whip Miami just like ND did to them last year. UF is too deep with talent all over the place. The THUG U is still waiting for the NCAA to hand down their decision. You can thank Madam Shalayla for that. That BIG MOUTH of hers worked against Miami on this one. You’re not dealing with the politics of Wash DC here Shalayla……GO FLORIDA!!

  14. gatorprof says: Sep 6, 2013 9:10 AM

    Please…It is all about the money. Whether you like it or not, big time college football is all about the money. UF needs to generate $$ to fund the program.

    Yes, empty seats abound when you have a noon kick off in September in Gainesville against a cream puff when the seats cost $50 each. The noon kickoff was dictated by TV schedules….again, it is all about the money.

    The SEC conference is by far the best in the country and provides the toughest road for any team to the national title game regardless of the out of conference schedule. This is why their opponents are destroyed in the title game.

  15. 1509lucky says: Sep 6, 2013 1:11 PM

    HATE what the New landscape of College Football has become. Florida,Miami and Florida State should play one another EVERY YEAR! The rampant Money Grab is destroying one the things that made College Football Great: THE RIVALRIES! All of this geographically incorrect conference jumping,is killing the sport.

  16. grudenthediva says: Sep 6, 2013 3:19 PM

    “That’s UF for yah gators to lizards when they are asked to play winners UF wants th patty cake win man up b#%%hes play real teams you don’t play us we recruit better either way CANES win checkmate UF sucks”

    ENGLISH MOTHERF—ER, DO YOU SPEAK IT???

    Oh, UM recruits better? How’s that been working out for you the last decade?

  17. gatorfan1 says: Sep 6, 2013 9:09 PM

    Damn it! Miami of Florida, I thought it was Miami of Ohio. I’ll have to revise my pick now, I had us winning by 2 touchdowns NOW it’s by 4.

  18. rollteal says: Sep 7, 2013 1:01 AM

    I agree UF has a Tougher Schedule but I also agree UF & UM should still play every year as should Clem & UGA
    FSU should play ALA or AU at the start of every year regional Inter-conference rivalries it would be a money maker & the fans would love it.

  19. ndrick731 says: Sep 7, 2013 5:55 PM

    I heard a rumor that UF is looking to replace Miami with a high school team from Anchorage Alaska.

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