The Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles on Thursday announced that a contract to extend the annual in-state rivalry football game between the two schools has been signed through 2018.
Florida State will host Florida in 2014 (the last year of the old contract), 2016 and 2018 with the Gators playing host to the Seminoles in 2015 and 2017, extending the series which has been played annually since 1958.
UF leads the all-time series against FSU 34-22-2 but has lost three of the last four meetings between the programs after winning six-straight from 2004-09.
Florida State has outscored Florida 115-58 since 2010 with the Gators’ only victory coming via a 37-25 road win in 2012.
Also on Thursday, Florida announced that it will host the East Carolina Pirates on Sept. 12, 2015, which is slated as the second week of the regular season.
It is the second time in school history that UF and ECU will square off on the gridiron as the Gators previously beat the Pirates 24-17 on Oct. 22, 1983. East Carolina has bookended the Florida game with contests against South Carolina in 2014 and 2016.
Florida is also tentatively scheduled to face New Mexico State and Florida Atlantic in non-conference action in 2015 though those games have not yet been confirmed.