The last time these teams met, the December 2004 Peach Bowl, Charlie Strong was Florida's acting head coach and Urban Meyer was scouting his new team on TV. Tonight, the Gators host the unranked Hurricanes with both trying to measure just where they stand this early in the season. Florida is coming off a game in which its much-maligned defense from one year ago forced six turnovers and scored two touchdowns against a pass-oriented Hawaii offense. But the Hurricanes pose a different challenge for Strong, back at defensive coordinator. Javarris James, who had 73 yards on 12 carries in the season opener against I-AA Charleston Southern, and Graig Cooper, 26 on four carries, lead a strong running game. "When you watch their offense, it's real clear what they are going to try to do to us," Meyer said. "They are going to try to move guys off the ball. They've got two really good running backs, and they've got an offensive line that is 335, 340, 328 (pounds). They are gigantic. So it's no secret, it's just a fact."
Antonya English, Times staff writer
No. 5 Florida (1-0) vs. Miami (1-0), 8 p.m.
WATCH OUT FOR …
The debut of former Plant QB Robert Marve. Whether the Hurricanes can extend their win streak over the Gators to seven might depend on how well he handles the pressure of being on the road in a hostile environment.