Miami Hurricanes vs. Florida Gators Complete Game Preview

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Miami Hurricanes vs. Florida Gators Complete Game Preview
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Can the Miami Hurricanes defense rise to the occasion and be a difference-maker in Saturday's showdown against the Florida Gators?

Both the Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators kicked off the 2013 season with lesser competition in Game 1, but that all changes on Saturday when the longtime, archrivals face off in South Florida for the first time since 2003.

Miami is coming off a 34-6 win over Florida Atlantic. Sophomore running back Duke Johnson ran for a career-high 186 yards, while quarterback Stephen Morris was effective, throwing for 160 yards and a touchdown. The Hurricanes' defense recorded five sacks and held the Owls to 250 total yards and two field goals. 

Florida opened its season at home with a 24-6 win over Toledo. Junior quarterback Jeff Driskel completed 17 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown, while Mack Brown ran for 112 yards and two scores.

The Miami-Florida rivalry dates back to 1938, with the Canes and Gators meeting 54 times during that span. UM leads the rivalry, 28-26, and had won six straight between 1987 and 2004, but the Gators won the last meeting, 26-3, in Gainesville in 2008. 

A Florida win would be business as usual for a squad that finished 11-2 in 2012, reached the BCS, but fell g to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl. On the other hand, a Miami victory would certainly bolster head coach Al Golden's rebuilding project, as well as put the Hurricanes back on the map after half-a-decade of struggles.

Time: Noon ET

Place: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.


Radio: WQAM 560—WVUM 90.5—XM 191

Spread: Florida -3 (Danny Sheridan, Hilton, Golden Nugget, Caesars)

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