GAINESVILLE — Florida's 2013 football schedule includes a Sept. 7 game at Miami, games against SEC West foes Arkansas and LSU and open dates before the Tennessee and Georgia games.
The SEC and Florida released the schedules Thursday. According to the league office, because of expansion, the SEC schedule is considered a "bridge" schedule and not based on previous or future scheduling formats.
SEC athletic directors will meet in the spring to formulate schedules for 2014 and beyond.
"As we began working on the 2013 football schedule, it became apparent that the conference would need another year of the 'bridge' schedule to make everything work," SEC commissioner Mike Slive said.
The eight-game conference schedule consists of six games played inside the division and two against teams from the opposite division. The cross-divisional common opponents that were previously announced by the conference will not take place until 2014.
murray pulls for uf: Georgia QB Aaron Murray knows it sounds odd, but he will root for No. 3 Florida to beat No. 9 South Carolina on Saturday, which would help the Bulldogs in the SEC East. "I'm not saying deck out in Florida gear but definitely we would be a little happier if they came out with a victory on Saturday,'' the former Plant High standout said. Georgia has already lost to South Carolina this year and faces Florida on Oct. 27.
Antonya English, Times staff writer; Times wires
FSU: Road challenge
TALLAHASSEE — When No. 12 FSU visits Miami on Saturday, it will be making what could be considered its second "neutral-site" road trip of the season. In front of a mostly split Raymond James Stadium last month, the Seminoles beat USF 30-17.
The 'Noles know anything can happen in a traditional rivalry game on the road.
FSU's remedy to beating upset-minded Miami on the Hurricanes' home turf and in front of a mixed crowd will be to get the offense started early. Get points in the first quarter to hush UM fans and make some stops to inspire Seminoles fans.
"Being away is tough," Seminoles RB Chris Thompson said. "I keep stressing coming out fast, just coming out tough.
"We're just going to have to focus in and block out the crowd as best we can, and just try not to pull off (the gas) at all."
UM: Relying on OL
CORAL GABLES — Miami says its offensive line is key to beating FSU, to open holes for the running game to keep a strong defense off balance and to protect inexperienced QB Ryan Williams if he starts in place of Stephen Morris (ankle sprain).
FSU ranks third in total defense, fifth in run defense.
"It's critical," Miami coach Al Golden said of the offensive line's play. "You can't abandon the run against this team.
"You're going to get some negatives. They're very good up front, and their tackles are hard to block. But you got to have patience because if not, the game can spin out on you."
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