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College football: Can Miami ride momentum to upset over Florida?

by Berry Tramel Published: September 6, 2013
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His first five years on the job, Larry Coker coached Miami to 53 wins. But since then, the Hurricanes' yearly records have been 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, 9-4, 7-6, 6-6 and 7-5. Mediocre.

Yet excitement has returned to the U. Quarterback Stephen Morris threw for 21 touchdowns and just seven interceptions last season as a junior. Sophomore tailback Duke Johnson ran for 186 yards on 19 carries last week in a 34-6 rout of Florida Atlantic.

And now Florida is coming to town. The Gators have played the Hurricanes in Miami just once since 1987. It's created a ticket demand rarely seen among the smallish Miami fan base.

“We certainly felt that buzz around the team and around this game all offseason,” said Miami publicist Chris Freet.

Florida's offense was lackluster last season and in a 24-6 win over Toledo last week. The Gators are a 31/2-point favorite, but let's go with Miami in the upset.