The first FBS game of the 2019 season will take place between two in-state rivals who should probably play each other more often than they actually do. No. 8 Florida and Miami (FL) will meet in Orlando to raise the curtain on the season during Week 0. And the good news for fans of both teams is that they have actually agreed to the first consecutive home-and-home series in two decades slated for 2024-25.
The Gators are falling off of a strong season in Dan Mullen’s first season as their mentor, which incorporated a 10-3 record and an exhaustive destroying of Michigan in the Peach Bowl. Feleipe Franks will return as their beginning quarterback in the wake of setting up the most productive passing season by a Florida quarterback since Tim Tebow’s last season in 2009. Miami is entering its first year with first-time mentor Manny Diaz, who filled in as its cautious organizer for the last three seasons. Redshirt first year recruit Jarren Williams will take the snaps and has a gifted arrangement of ability players to enable him to change to the beginning job.
Florida: The Gators will enter the season with the best arrangement of expertise players they’ve had in about 10 years, including running back Lamical Perine and wide recipients Van Jefferson, Freddie Swain, Trevon Grimes and Joshua Hammond. The greatest inquiry, however, is who will hinder for Franks? Four hostile linemen are gone from a year ago’s squad, which will put a huge amount of weight on first-year starters including junior Stone Forsythe at left handle and individual junior Jean Delance at right handle. The resistance has a lot of veterans at all levels, including star guarded end Jabari Zuniga, veteran center linebacker David Reese and stud protective backs CJ Henderson and Marco Wilson. Profundity could be an issue for the Gators, particularly in the guarded backfield.
Miami: Williams was a four-star prospect leaving secondary school and has gigantic upside in an offense that incorporates veteran running back DeeJay Dallas, wide collector Jeff Thomas and Buffalo move K.J. Osborn. Like Florida, the Hurricanes have some inability in advance, so ensuring Williams will be critical. Miami’s front seven may be truly outstanding in the nation before season’s end. Star cautious lineman Jonathan Garvin, and senior linebackers Shaquille Quarterman and Michael Pinckney lead an a veteran group that completed eleventh in the nation in sacks last season (40).
Date: Friday, Aug. 23
Begin Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Arena: Camping World Stadium — Orlando, Florida
Television Info: News 5 for every group site
Live Stream: ESPN | WatchESPN.com