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Coming in 2023, Miami-Miami: The Ultimate Battle for “Miami”

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The two Miamis will finally settle it on the playing field in four years in South Florida

Miami Ohio v Minnesota Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

It’s not easy to predict the future, but on September 2, 2023, one thing is certain: Miami will win a college football game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. Whether that team hails from Ohio or Florida is yet to be determined.

Miami (OH) and Miami (FL), the two similarly-named FBS programs, have officially scheduled a non-conference showdown, as first reported by FBSchedules.com. Miami (OH) will obtain $1.5 million from the standalone road game, per FBSchedules.

Miami (OH) is set to play Miami (FL) for the first time since the Hurricanes’ undefeated national championship run in 1987. In the previous matchup, the Hurricanes demolished the Redskins (team name switched to RedHawks in 1999), 54-3, in front of 40,000 fans at the now-defunct Orange Bowl. Miami (FL) also edged Miami (OH) in the programs’ first two meetings in 1945 and 1946 to claim a 3-0 series lead heading into 2023.

Miami University, located in Oxford, OH, was founded in 1809. Named after the Miami Valley in which the institution resides, George Washington signed the approval for construction of the university in the valley. University of Miami, informally known as “The U,” didn’t arrive until over a century later in 1925. Miami (OH) football debuted in 1888, while Miami (FL)’s inaugural season was 38 years later in 1926.

Perhaps the Hurricanes and RedHawks can battle for the rights to the name “Miami” without the tedious parenthesis and state initials when 2023 arrives. It’ll be an interesting and confusing day in the broadcast booth once the game kicks off, but Miami fans of all sorts will have their eyes fixated on the matchup. The RedHawks will go for their first win over the Hurricanes, while Miami (FL) aims to improve to 4-0 over Miami (OH).