Miami and Florida kicked off the college football season last night in Orlando. The game between the two rivals was sloppily played, but came down to the wire.
Florida, ranked eighth in the AP Poll, escaped with a 24-20 win. The victory assured the Gators of avoiding a Week 0 slip-up, but they will have to play much better if they want to live up to their lofty preseason ranking.
As for Miami, there were positive signs from redshirt freshman quarterback Jarren Williams and the Hurricanes' highly-regarded defense. Finding offensive consistency will be key for Manny Diaz's bunch moving forward.
After the game, ESPN updated its FPI win-loss projection for both teams. Perhaps surprisingly, the computer is projecting similar finishes for both teams.
- Florida's projected win-loss is now 8.2-3.9
- Miami's is now 8.2-4.2
The win-loss projections are for the entire regular season and include a potential conference title game.
Coming off their win over the 'Canes, Florida will have a bye this upcoming weekend. They will resume play on Sept. 7 when they take on Tennessee-Martin at home.
Miami won't play next weekend either, and will be back in action again on Sept. 7 when they open up ACC play on the road against UNC in Chapel Hill.