Editor’s note: The Florida-Miami season opener is a little more than four months away. In this occasional series leading up to the game, we take a historical look at a rivalry launched in 1938.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – For the past three decades, any Florida Gators-Miami Hurricanes football game has been celebrated since the schools don’t play annually as they once did.
They meet for the 56th time on Aug. 24 in Orlando at Camping World Stadium in a game that will be broadcast nationally and serve as a festive kickoff to the 150th anniversary season of college football.
The UF-UM rivalry dates to 1938 when the Hurricanes visited Florida Field. The rivalry shifted to Miami for the next six meetings, then became mostly a home-and-away matchup from year to year.
However, neutral-site games between the schools have been an integral part of the rivalry, starting in 1958 when the Gators beat the Hurricanes in Jacksonville. In defeating Miami, Florida secured a Gator Bowl berth against Ole Miss, only the second bowl trip in school history.
(Chart: A look at neutral-site games in history of UF-UM rivalry).
YEAR CITY STADIUM SCORE 1958 Jacksonville Gator Bowl Florida 12, Miami 9 1959 Jacksonville Gator Bowl Florida 23,