The Florida Gators and the Miami Hurricanes will open the 2019 season in Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel has reported. ESPN also confirmed the future matchup, but both news outlets state that a contract has not been signed yet.
The game would likely be played on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 at Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
Florida and Miami have met 56 times on the gridiron and the Hurricanes lead the series 29-26. In their last meeting in Miami in 2013, Miami defeated Florida 21-16.
If the game contract is finalized, Florida will have two neutral-site matchups on their future schedules. The Gators are also scheduled to open the 2017 season against Michigan at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Miami also has one other neutral-site game on their future docket. The Hurricanes are set to face LSU in 2018, also in Arlington.
Orlando has recently jumped into the season-opening, neutral-site game foray. The city will host Florida State-Ole Miss in 2016, Alabama-Louisville in 2018, and is reportedly “…in negotiations to bring a marquee college football match-up to the Citrus Bowl in 2017.”