Canes fans grab "White Out" gear before Gator game
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (WSVN) -- University of Miami Hurricane fans are gearing up for one of the biggest college football games of the season: their first match with one of their fiercest rivals since 2008.
The Canes will be taking on the University of Florida Gators at Sun Life Stadium, Saturday at noon.
The excitement is building and many fans are packing the All Canes store near the University of Miami and buying up all things "U," especially white shirts, as this game is called a "White Out" game. "You can never have enough; I bought three [shirts]," said UM sophomore Lauren Patao.
Canes supporter Patrick Scott came to All Canes to buy a white Canes shirt. "I was going to get [the] 'Too Sexy to Be a Gator [T-shirt], but everybody already knows that," he said as he displayed a white T-shirt showing his opponent's mascot with a circle-slash sign, a reference to the film Ghostbusters. "What else am I going to get?" he added.
UM fan Tommy Yesman came to All Canes to buy a white T-shirt. "I don't want to be the only clown wearing an orange shirt," he said.
One fan buying some UM gear poked a little fun at Gator fans. "What do you call the Gators' cheering section? A full set of teeth," said UM Fan Monique Huynh.
The epic game Saturday could be the end of an era as Miami is not a member of the SEC, and UF is already committed to playing other teams. Gators team officials said, given this set of circumstances, it is not financially beneficial to match up with UM beyond Saturday's game. This could mean there may not be another game to fuel this rivalry for a while. "We have to beat UF because this is like a really big statement game," said Nicole Ruiz.
With that on the line, Sun Life Stadium is expected to be packed, and players from both teams said they are ready. "My biggest goal is to get my offense ready, so I'm excited for it. I hope a bunch of people come up," said UM quarterback Stephen Morris.
"It's definitely a big game, it's definitely an in-state game," said UF receiver Marcus Maye.
Canes fans remain hopeful that the "U" will send the Gators home with their first loss of the season. "As long as the Canes are playing, and we're supporting them, we've got a great chance. I don't care what it says on paper, I don't care what Vegas says. Canes all the way!" said Scott.
Officials said some of the gates for stadium parking open as early as 5 a.m. A pep rally is scheduled at the Student Activity Center on UM's Coral Gables campus from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday.
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