Rivalry for a CauseThe Football Rivalry

The Georgia vs. Florida Football Classic is one of the great rivalry games in sport. With rare exception, it has been hosted by the city of Jacksonville, making it one of the few remaining neutral-site rivalries.

There is disagreement between the two teams over when the rivalry first began. Georgia counts a game it won 52-0 in 1904 against the Florida Agricultural College, of of the four predecessors to the modern University of Florida (established in 1905). The first game acknowledged by both the University of Florida and the University of Georgia was held in 1915. And with the exception of the 1943 season (when Florida did not field a team due to World War II), the teams have met every year since 1926.

Between 1915 and 2013, Georgia leads the series 50-40-2. However, Florida has dominated since 1990 with an 18-6 record. Both teams have enjoyed 7-year winning streaks: Georgia between 1941 and 1948, and Florida between 1990 and 1996. There have been a number of close games over the years, generating many memorable plays and legendary tales.

The rivalry is bolstered by the competitiveness of both teams — and for good reason. The winner of the game usually contends for the SEC Eastern Division Championship Title. Despite the game’s outcome, fans from both schools frequently cite this game as the most anticipated weekend of the year.

The Desire Cup Rivalry – Dawgs 2, Gators 5

2011 results Like the football rivalry, where the University of Georgia lept to an early lead, golfers sporting the colors of University of Georgia prevailed in winning the 1st Annual Desire Cup tournament by a 51-1/2 to 38-1/2 margin.

2012 results The picture was slightly different in the 2nd Annual Desire Cup race, as the Gators took home the sterling Desire Cup. TPC Sawgrass was again the site of a vigorous competition under blustery skies.

2013 results The 3rd Annual Desire Cup gave the win once again to the Orange-and-Blue. A change of venue to the Oak Marsh, another challenging Pete Dye course, at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort proved to be challenging to golfers as the Gators took the trophy by a 47.5 to 36.5 margin.

2014 results The Dawgs evened the score in the 4th Annual Desire Cup, winning 10 to 9. The weather was beautiful, and the golfers were in great form to tackle the Oak Marsh course at Amelia Island.

2015 results The Gators gained the lead in the series in last year’s 5th Annual Desire Cup play on the undulating fairways of the beautiful Lagoon Course at Ponte Vedra.

2016 results We returned to TPC Sawgrass in 2016 and played the Dyes Valley course because the Stadium Course was under renovation. The Gators pulled out another Cup victory, to take a 4-2 lead in the series.

2017 results A glorious day on the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course provided for a competitive contest, right down to the final pairing. With a thin margin of only two points, the Gators came out on top once again 32.5 – 30.5, extending the Cup streak and overall series 5-2.