There's plenty of 2013 NCAA football live stream and TV action on Saturday, Sept. 7, including a great battle of former championship teams as Florida plays Miami (FL). The game could be a huge upset in the making for this year's Miami team, or could help Florida continue to move up the rankings early in the season. The latest meeting between the two squads will be among the televised and live streaming college football on Saturday from ESPN.
According to a USA Today article from Sept. 5, Miami has climbed into the polls after their season opening victory, and now has the No. 24 spot overall in the USA Today Poll. Florida is ranked No. 9 by USA Today, and No. 12 in the AP Top 25 poll. Miami is not in the AP Top 25 but received the most votes of any team not appearing there with 127.
It's noted that Miami has not defeated an SEC team since 2004, when Miami defeated Florida at the Peach Bowl, 27-10. They played against LSU in the Peach Bowl the next year, losing 40-3 and then lost to Florida in 2008 by a final of 26-3. That was the most recent time these two teams met up, and some say Miami left that game with a bitter taste in their mouths due to an alleged "running up of the score" by Florida's coach.
Miami has the home field advantage here, but they'll need more than that to get the win. Despite the fact there will be a riled up crowd, with many Hurricanes fans in attendance, head coach Al Golden summed up the feelings heading into this one for his team, saying:
"It's obviously a big game, but the biggest thing for us is to focus on what we can control. Everything else that surrounds it, we have no impact on."
Should Miami win this game, they have what appears to be a favorable schedule on the way. They won't face Clemson from the ACC during the season, but have a Nov. 2 meeting at Florida State on the way. FSU is currently ranked No. 10 in the polls.
As for Florida, they're looking to turn things around after a disappointing end to their previous season. They do have potentially tough games on the way with a Oct. 12 visit to currently-No.9 ranked LSU, and then a Nov. 2 game against Georgia at home. On Nov. 16, they play South Carolina, with the Gamecocks currently ranked No. 6 overall in the polls. Their final game of the season will be No. 10 Florida State on Nov. 30.
Heading into this matchup, the odds makers have made the Gators slight favorites of anywhere from 2 to 3 1/2 points over the Hurricanes. If Miami is to win, Running back Duke Johnson could be the key as he was one of the top rushers in week 1, compiling 186 yards on 19 carries and scoring a touchdown for the Canes. There's already early talk of Miami potentially going undefeated this season, but first they'll have to take care of business at home and upset a tough Florida team. Could this be the first upset of the day on the week 2 college football schedule?
Saturday's Florida vs. Miami football game has a start time of 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Television coverage is currently advertised for ESPN on cable or satellite service providers. In addition, those cable/satellite customers with access to WatchESPN can log in online and watch the game live streaming tomorrow. See more details here on how to watch online.