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Should Florida play Miami every year?

Miami's case for …

• Fans and players love it. There's no love between the schools, which has only intensified since the games ceased being played annually. It's hard to argue who has the better team when they aren't playing each other. Let's face it. Bragging rights are big in college football.

• It would decide who's best. The Florida Cup is supposed to go to the best team among Florida, Florida State and Miami in head-to-head competition. Florida-Miami would complete the annual round robin.

Florida's case against …

• The schedule needs some balance. The Gators annually play one of the toughest schedules in the nation, according to services that rank those things. And Florida officials are adamant that adding Miami every season would put their players at a disadvantage. The Gators insist on playing the Hurricanes, if at all, during 14-week seasons so there are two open dates.

• The money doesn't add up. To play Miami annually would eliminate a home game for the Gators every other season. And if you talk to Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley, he'll tell you it isn't just the loss of revenue for the athletic department that's an issue. It's that of Gainesville and the surrounding area. Economic studies have shown taking away a home game could have a rollover effect that exceeds $10-million in hotels, restaurant, entertainment and local jobs.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

Should Florida play Miami every year? 09/05/08 [Last modified: Sunday, September 7, 2008 10:05am]
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