GAINESVILLE -- It’s official. The Florida-Miami rivalry will be renewed next season when the Gators visit South Florida on Sept. 7 in the second week of the season.
While there was speculation of a nine-game conference slate that could have put the UF-UM game in danger, the Southeastern Conference did not make any changes for the 2013 season when releasing its schedule Thursday. However, the format for 2013 is considered a “bridge” schedule until the league decides how to adjust with the additions of Texas A&M and Missouri.
For Florida, it maintains its permanent West opponent, LSU, for at least one more season. The teams meet in Baton Rouge, La., on Oct. 12. The Gators’ other opponent from the West is Arkansas on Oct. 5. Other highlights include South Carolina moving back to the end of the conference schedule on Nov. 16 and the lack of West power Alabama on the schedule for the second year in a row.