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Mayors make wager as UCF, USF prep for 'War on I-4'

Knights take perfect record into game

Defensive back Nate Godwin #36 of the South Florida Bulls tackles tight end Jordan Akins #88 of the UCF Knights during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Jason Behnken / Getty Images)
Defensive back Nate Godwin #36 of the South Florida Bulls tackles tight end Jordan Akins #88 of the UCF Knights during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Jason Behnken / Getty Images) (Getty Images)

ORLANDO, Fla. – UCF and USF will wage the War on I-4 in Orlando this Friday, and the result of the football game will have major implications for the teams and each city's respective mayor.

The UCF Knights enter the game 10-0 and ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press poll. USF, meanwhile, is 9-1 and ranked No. 22. 

The winner will be in the driver's seat for a possible bid to a major bowl game.

The Bulls beat the Knights 48-31 last year.

The matchup even has the mayors of Orlando and Tampa placing a wager on the game.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn tweeted at Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, saying he'll provide Dyer with a case of beer and a box of cigars if UCF wins.

In exchange, Dyer offered some Orlando-brewed beer and a cornhole board if USF wins.

Each winning school's flag will also fly at the city hall of the losing team.


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