Gators 2015 football schedule released; Florida to host Ole Miss for first time since 2008

By Adam Silverstein
October 14, 2014

The Southeastern Conference on Tuesday announced the league’s 2015 football schedule, which for the third-straight year features a 6-1-1 format of six inter-division games, one permanent cross-division rival and one rotating cross-division opponent.

In addition to playing the rest of the SEC East, the Florida Gators will go head-to-head with permanent cross-division rival LSU for the 45th consecutive season (dating back to 1971) and host Ole Miss, marking the first meeting between the programs since the Rebels took down the Gators in 2008.

Ole Miss defeated Florida 31-30 that year. It was the Gators’ only loss of the season and the catalyst to Tim Tebow’s “The Promise” speech; Florida won 10-straight games and closed the season with both the SEC and national titles.

The Rebels will not get a return date with the Gators until 2020, the first time Florida will play a game in Oxford, Mississippi, in 13 years dating back to 2007.

UF will play four of its first five – and three of its last four – games at home. Florida will also play seven-straight games to open the season before its lone open week. The NCAA only allows double bye weeks on years in which Aug. 30 or Aug. 31 falls on a Saturday.

Sept. 5 – vs. New Mexico State
Sept. 12 – vs. East Carolina
Sept. 19 – at Kentucky
Sept. 26 – vs. Tennessee
Oct. 3 – vs. Ole Miss
Oct. 10 – at Missouri
Oct. 17 – at LSU
Oct. 24 – BYE WEEK
Oct. 31 – vs. Georgia (Jacksonville, FL)
Nov. 7 – vs. Vanderbilt
Nov. 14 – at South Carolina
Nov. 21 – vs. Florida Atlantic
Nov. 28 – vs. Florida State

Florida will not open its SEC slate against Tennessee for just the third time in the past 14 seasons^. The Gators and Volunteers are scheduled to go head-to-head as the second league game on Sept. 26, continuing the end of a trend of playing each other on the third Saturday in September that dated back 22 years to 1992*.

^ Florida opened its league slate in Week 2 against Texas A&M in 2012 and against Kentucky in Week 3 in 2013.
* UF-UT was scheduled for the third week of the 2001 season but delayed due to the Sept. 11 attacks.

7 Comments

  1. Christine Gregory says:

    I’m glad to seee that Georgia will play Alabama next year. The Gator schedule looks good to me. East Carolina might be a bit scary!

  2. Ken (CA) says:

    I really like that schedule. Now if we can field a “standard expectation” Florida team that is a solid 10-11 win schedule against quality competition at worst. If we field a “standard WM” Florida team, all bets are off.

  3. jimmyjohns says:

    When Ole Miss signed that great recruiting class, I just knew the SEC would find a way to put them on our schedule for their Jr season…

    • Ken (CA) says:

      The SEC has the inter-divisional matchups preset through 2030 or so, the rotation was planned as soon as the expansion to 14 teams happened, superceding the 12 team rotation that was originally set up in its latest incarnation in 2002 or so

  4. EXITJIM@GOG8RS says:

    Hopefully this will be the schedule our new and “improved” coaching staff will inherit. I for one will not attend another game in the Swamp as long as Muschump is coach. I prefer to watch mediocrity on the tube rather than in the stadium.

  5. EXITJIM@GOG8RS says:

    Great!! Hopefully this will be the schedule our new and “improved” coaching staff will inherit. I for one will not attend another game in the Swamp as long as Muschump is coach. I prefer to watch mediocrity on the tube rather than in the stadium.

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