Like AE87, I grew up in the Orlando area hating the Gators. Started cheering for Miami in the mid 70's, before their glory years, when they beat UF. But my favorite team before I decided to go to Tech was FSU. Really liked FSU's willingness to play anyone anywhere in the 70's. I remember them making trips to Norman, Lincoln, Columbus, & Ann Arbor and coming away with more victories than losses.
But if there never was a GT, I would now be a UCF fan. UCF was my #2 choice of schools and probably where I would have ended up if there was no GT to attend.