Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE)
Date: Saturday, Aug. 24 | Time: 7 p.m. EDT/ 6 p.m. CDT
Location: Camping World Stadium -- Orlando, Florida
TV: ESPN, SEC Network
Announcers: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor
All Florida hail! The football season is finally upon us! 2019 marks the 150th year of college football, and it begins with an epic showdown between two storied football programs, the Fighting Gators of Gainesville and the Tropical Depressions of Coral Gables.
The Gators and Hurricanes have not met on the gridiron since 2013, but Miami has won five of the last six matchups dating back to 2002. The two teams have not met regularly since 1987, and have not met in back-to-back seasons since 2004. Miami holds a 29-26 win total advantage over Florida. Regardless of who wins this game, the two teams will begin a home-and-home series in 2024-2025.
To add some drama to this game, it is worth noting that Dan Mullen and Manny Diaz are friends who respect one another, and know one another's philosophies. The Gators are favored by 7.5, while the over-under for total points scored is 47.
Players to watch:
- Florida QB Feleipe Franks 188/322, 2457 yards, 24 TD, 6 INT, 143.4 RAT. Franks improved 1000+ years, 13 TD, -2 INT, and 30 RAT from 2017 and looks to continue that trend in his second year under Brian Johnson and Dan Mullen.
- Florida RB Malik Davis returns from injury seeking to regain his 2017 form where he averaged 6.7 yards per touch before being injured in 2018. Lamical Perine and Dameon Pierce combined for 1200 yards in 2018, so the backfield is loaded with a variety of running backs with different styles.
- Miami All-ACC LB Shaq Quarterman returns with potential NFL draft picks LB
Michael Pinckney and LB/ Striker Zach McCloud ready to stuff the Gator backfield.