College football is back, and in a big way: No. 8 Florida and Miami get the national spotlight to open the 150th anniversary of college football in a battle of Sunshine State foes.
The Gators, under second-year coach Dan Mullen, are considered a 7.5-point favorite thanks in part to quarterback Feleipe Franks and a defense that includes such talents as quarterback CJ Henderson. Miami, under first-year coach Manny Diaz, will take the role of underdog with first-time starting cornerback Jarren Williams – but could we see anything from Tate Martell?
Regardless, this game promises to be an exciting one, not only because of the rivalry aspect between the two schools, but also because of the narrative that the SEC and ACC are vying for supremacy among the Power 5 conferences.
In all, it promises to be an exciting game and a spectacular kickoff to the 2019 college football season. Follow along as Sporting News provides live updates, highlights and scores from Florida vs. Miami:
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Florida vs. Miami updates, highlights
(All times Eastern)
7:40 p.m.: Florida refuses to punt. The Gators go for it on fourth down at midfield and make it with a Toney 3-yard run. Miami’s Trajan Bandy set up the fourth down with beautiful form tackle on third down.
7:29 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, FLORIDA. The Gators’ Kadarius Toney catches a short Franks pass and then takes it to the house for a 66-yard score. The touchdown comes one play after Florida’s Tommy Townsend successfully executes a fake punt for a first down from inside the UF 30. Florida 7, Miami 3.
7:18 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, MIAMI. The Hurricanes reach the Florida 14 on the game’s opening drive but have to settle for a 36-yarder from Bubba Baxa after a second-down sack, a short third-down completion and a penalty. Williams goes 5 for 5 for 60 yards in the series. Miami 3, Florida 0.
7:12 p.m.: ESPN, which is broadcasting the game, really wanted you to be READY FOR FOOTBALL:
7:07 p.m.: Some Gators who will be missing from the game:
#Gators confirm TJ Slaton, Brad Stewart, Rick Wells and Pat Moorer are suspended.
– Graham Hall (@GrahamHall_) August 24, 2019
7:05 p.m.: Those are some big names (and dudes) on the Miami sideline.