Arena Football League Orlando Predators Tampa Bay Storm

The Original War on I-4

The University of South Florida and the University of Central Florida have named their college football rivalry “The War on I-4”, ESPN and ABC‘s Darren Rovell reports. There are now two football rivalries with the name “The War on I-4”.

The Orlando Predators and Tampa Bay Storm named their rivalry back in 1991, the first year in the league for both teams. The two oldest active arena football teams played both celebrated their 25th season in 2015 with separate endings.

The Preds and Storm met twice last season. Orlando won both games against their rival. In Week 1, the Preds won by a final score of 76-25. The 51-point loss was the worst in Storm history. In Week 7, the Storm almost got their revenge, but the Predators won by a final score of 42-40.

Over the past 25 years, however, the Storm have been the better team. Tampa is tied with the Arizona Rattlers with five ArenaBowl titles for the most in league history. The Preds only have two ArenaBowl titles.

Geographically, Tampa and Orlando are separated by 84 miles, about a 90-minute drive. Ironically, USF is in Tampa and UCF is in Orlando, so both War on I-4 rivalries take place in Tampa and Orlando.

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