The 2019 SEC football season is officially starting a week earlier than expected.
That’s due to the fact Florida and Miami have moved their season opener in Orlando to Saturday, Aug. 24, the game was originally scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 31.
“Moving the Camping World Kickoff to Aug. 24 is a unique and rare opportunity that showcases college football, both storied programs, and the state of Florida,” Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said in a released statement. “By mid-August the public is hungry for college football, and America is now going to be able to watch the Gators and Hurricanes in a marquee game a week earlier than usual. I’d anticipate the exposure for the sport of college football, and both schools, to be immense.
“There has been a lot of moving parts over the past few months and we’re thankful for the NCAA, ESPN, Florida Citrus Sports, Miami and College Football’s 150th Anniversary Organization for their cooperation during this process. I’d also like to thank the fans from both schools for their understanding of the date change.”
Dan Mullen also released a statement following the news.
“We are excited to kick off the celebration of 150 years of college football on August 24 in Orlando. It will be a great showcase for the University, our program and all of Gator Nation.”
Miami holds the all-time edge in the football series with a 29-26 advantage. The two teams have not met since the 2013 season.