Florida football faces one of the most formidable schedules in the nation next fall, making things very hard on soon-to-be third-year head coach Billy Napier. After three straight losing seasons — the first time it has happened since the 1940s — it just is not getting any easier for the Gators.
Despite the high hurdles the team must overcome to return to respectability in 2024, there will be plenty of exciting matchups along the way. ESPN recently published an article penned by various contributors voicing what each respective author is most excited about in the upcoming campaign.
The Orange and Blue got one mention among the entries from Andrea Adelson, who chose the season-opener against the Miami Hurricanes as the game she is most looking forward to.
“Though this in-state rivalry game may not have national championship implications right out of the gate, this is a huge game for both programs and head coaches,” Adelson offers. “Mario Cristobal and Billy Napier each head into critical Year 3 seasons with fan bases that are eager for results. Interestingly enough, they have nearly identical records in their first two seasons — Cristobal 12-13 as the hometown hero tasked with bringing Miami back, Napier 11-14 facing the hardest schedule in the nation. What happens in this game will set the narrative and tone for what is to come at both schools.”
The game between Florida and Miami will be played inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 31, with kickoff time and broadcast information still to be determined.