The 2019 college football season in the FBS starts with Miami and No. 8 Florida playing in Orlando, Florida, today (August 24). Check out our game prediction, a preview and how to watch information below.

While the Gators bring a top-10 preseason ranking, SEC and national championship hopes, the Hurricanes hope for a turnaround season under new head coach Manny Diaz.

Florida-Miami: Prediction, preview

Florida has the dominant defense. If Feleipe Franks continues to develop, the Gators will have the offense to challenge Georgia in the SEC East. Franks had an impressive 24/6 TD/INT ratio last season while throwing for 2,457 yards. If he ups his completion percentage past 60 percent, look out.

TALE OF THE TAPE
26 Series wins 29
W7 (1971-1977) Longest series win streak W6 (1986-2004)
10-3 (5-3 SEC East)
W, Peach Bowl (Michigan, 41-15)
2018 record 7-6 (4-4 ACC Coastal)
L, Pinstripe Bowl (Wisconsin, 35-3)
3 (1996, 2006, 2008) National Championships 5 (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2001)
8 (SEC) Conference Championships 9 (Big East)

But Miami is far from an easy test for a top-10 team to begin its season. While Miami isn’t the Miami of old, new head coach Diaz is familiar with the expectations. A Miami native, Diaz became the Hurricanes’ defensive coordinator for 2016 and led the inspired “Turnover Chain” unit. Though Miami went only 7-6 last season, the ‘Canes finished No. 2 in FBS in yards allowed at only 268 per game.

Miami could very well find itself in the ACC title game, as the Coastal Division should be wide open. The Hurricanes are likely a couple of years away from competing with Clemson, but if Miami gets there — and beats one or both of Florida and Florida State — the Hurricanes will be in great shape with a strong 2019 season.

The big question for Miami (and most teams) is at quarterback. On August 12, Diaz named redshirt freshman Jarren Williams the starting quarterback. Ohio State transfer Tate Martell and redshirt sophomore N’Kosi Perry, who started six games last season and passed for 1,091 yards, were also in the mix. All three were highly touted out of high school. But Williams got the nod.

Prediction: Florida comes in with the impressive preseason national ranking and more buzz. But Miami also seems in great position to regroup after 2018. Two seasons ago, the Hurricanes started 10-0 and reached No. 2 in the country. Since then, they are 7-9, including consecutive bowl defeats to Wisconsin. So Miami has to find that winning attitude quickly.

Miami has the defense to keep these close all four quarters. But Florida might have just a little more offensively to escape with the “Week 0” win. Expect Franks to show he’s made another step up in his play.

The Pick Florida 24,
Miami 21

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Florida-Miami: How to watch

You can watch the Gators and the Hurricanes on ESPN. Kickoff is 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 24. The game is at Camping World Stadium.

RANKINGS: The preseason polls

Florida-Miami: Series history

All rankings are from the AP Poll. Ranked teams are in bold.

Date Winner Score Loser Location
Oct. 15, 1938 Miami 19-7 Florida Gainesville, FL
Nov. 18, 1939 Florida 13-0 Miami Miami, FL
Nov. 16, 1940 Florida 46-6 Miami Miami, FL
Nov. 15, 1941 Florida 14-0 Miami Miami, FL
Nov. 14, 1942 Miami 12-0 Florida Miami, FL
Nov. 3, 1943 Florida 13-0 Miami Miami, FL
Oct. 19, 1944 Miami 7-6 Florida Miami, FL
Oct. 19, 1945 Miami 20-13 Florida Gainesville, FL
Nov. 21, 1947 Florida 7-6 Miami Miami, FL
Nov. 20, 1948 Florida 27-13 Miami Gainesville, FL
Nov. 18, 1949 Miami 28-13 Florida Miami, FL
Nov. 18, 1950 No. 17 Miami 20-14 Florida Gainesville, FL
Nov. 17, 1951 Miami 21-6 Florida Miami, FL
Nov. 22, 1952 Florida 43-6 Miami Gainesville, FL
Nov. 28, 1953 Miami 14-10 Florida Miami, FL
Nov. 27, 1954 No. 11 Miami 14-0 Florida Gainesville, FL
Nov. 26, 1955 No. 14 Miami 7-6 Florida Miami, FL
Dec. 1, 1956 No. 6 Miami 20-7 No. 18 Florida Gainesville, FL
Nov. 30, 1957 No. 20 Florida 14-0 Miami Miami, FL
Nov. 29, 1958 No. 14 Florida 12-9 Miami Jacksonville, FL
Nov. 28, 1959 Florida 23-14 No. 12 Miami Jacksonville, FL
Nov. 26, 1960 No. 19 Florida 18-0 Miami Miami, FL
Dec. 2, 1961 Miami 15-6 Florida Gainesville, FL
Dec. 1, 1962 Miami 17-15 Florida Miami, FL
Nov. 23, 1963 Florida 27-21 Miami Miami, FL
Nov. 28, 1964 Florida 12-10 Miami Gainesville, FL
Nov. 20, 1965 Miami 16-13 No. 10 Florida Miami, FL
Nov. 26, 1966 Miami 21-16 No. 9 Florida Gainesville, FL
Dec. 10, 1967 Miami 20-13 Florida Miami, FL
Nov. 30, 1968 Florida 14-10 Miami Gainesville, FL
Nov. 29, 1969 Florida 35-16 Miami Miami, FL
Nov. 28, 1970 Miami 14-13 Florida Gainesville, FL
Nov. 27, 1971 Florida 45-16 Miami Miami, FL
Dec. 2, 1972 Florida 17-6 Miami Gainesville, FL
Nov. 24, 1973 Florida 14-7 Miami Miami, FL
Nov. 30, 1974 Florida 31-7 Miami Gainesville, FL
Nov. 29, 1975 No. 13 Florida 15-11 Miami Miami, FL
Nov. 27, 1976 Florida 19-10 Miami Orlando, FL
Nov. 26, 1977 Florida 31-14 Miami Miami, FL
Dec. 2, 1978 Miami 22-21 Florida Gainesville, FL
Dec. 1, 1979 Miami 30-24 Florida Miami, FL
Nov. 22, 1980 Miami 31-7 No. 18 Florida Gainesville, FL
Sept. 5, 1981 Miami 21-20 No. 17 Florida Miami, FL
Sept. 4, 1982 No. 16 Florida 17-14 No. 15 Miami Gainesville, FL
Sept. 3, 1983 Florida 28-3 Miami Gainesville, FL
Sept. 1, 1984 No. 10 Miami 32-20 No. 17 Florida Tampa, FL
Sept. 7, 1985 No. 5 Florida 35-23 Miami Miami, FL
Sept. 6, 1986 No. 2 Miami 23-15 No. 13 Florida Gainesville, FL
Sept. 5, 1987 No. 10 Miami 31-4 No. 20 Florida Miami, FL
Jan. 2, 2001 No. 2 Miami 37-20 No. 7 Florida Sugar Bowl
(New Orleans, LA)
Sept. 7, 2002 No. 1 Miami 41-16 No. 6 Florida Gainesville, FL
Sept. 6, 2003 No. 3 Miami 38-33 No. 21 Florida Miami, FL
Dec. 31, 2004 No. 14 Miami 27-10 No. 19 Florida Peach Bowl
(Atlanta, GA)
Sept. 6, 2008 No. 5 Florida 26-3 Miami Gainesville, FL
Sept. 7, 2013 Miami 21-16 No. 12 Florida Miami, FL
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