The Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators are closing in on a deal that would renew their rivalry against each other starting in 2019.

Miami, Florida closing in on deal to renew rivalry in 2019

The Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators have been working on a deal that would renew their football rivalry. According to a report from Mike Bianchi, the two sides are nearing an agreement that would renew the rivalry starting in 2019.

This is huge news for both schools and would reignite one of the biggest in-state rivalry games in the country.

#Gators and #Canes close to signing a deal to play in Orlando Citrus Bowl. … My story: http://t.co/rIq6HCp5hj

— Mike Bianchi (@BianchiWrites) October 7, 2015

Neither program has been playing extremely good football over the last few seasons, but the Gators are on the rise again. Miami is struggling with their current scheme under head coach Al Golden and there is a good chance that big changes are on the horizon for the Hurricanes as well.

These two teams haven’t played against each other since 2013 and would be kicking off the 2019 season in Orlando’s Citrus Bowl if they can get this deal done.

It would be great to see these two teams renew what was once one of the most bitter rivalries in college sports. Florida and Miami used to be an extremely heated rivalry until the Gators originally dropped the ‘Canes from their schedule in 1987.

The fans of each school haven’t forgotten the better rivalry, however, and would immediately pick it back up in 2019 if these two teams do face off.

Hopefully this deal will end up getting done and we can see the next installation of this rivalry in a few seasons. Both of these teams should be back at the top by then if they play their cards right, which would make for a very entertaining first game back for them.

Miami currently leads the all-time series with a 29-26 game lead over the Gators.

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