Florida Gators 2016 football schedule released

By Adam Silverstein
October 29, 2015

The Southeastern Conference on Thursday officially released the entire 2016 league schedule, including the 12 match-ups involving the Florida Gators.

Florida’s schedule includes three games against teams coming off bye weeks, including Missouri (Oct. 15), Georgia in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party (Oct. 29) and Arkansas (Nov. 5).

The Gators’ nonconfernece slate features UMass for the first time (Sept. 3), North Texas for the first time since 1947 (Sept. 17), Presbyterian for the first time since 1945 (Nov. 19), and the annual in-state rivalry game with Florida State.

Saturday, Sept. 3 – UMass at Florida
Saturday, Sept. 10 – Kentucky at Florida
Saturday, Sept. 17 – North Texas at Florida
Saturday, Sept. 24 – Florida at Tennessee
Saturday, Oct. 1 – Florida at Vanderbilt
Saturday, Oct. 8 – LSU at Florida
Saturday, Oct. 15 – Missouri at Florida
Bye Week
Saturday, Oct. 29 – Florida vs. Georgia
Saturday, Nov. 5 – Florida at Arkansas
Saturday, Nov. 12 – South Carolina at Florida
Saturday, Nov. 19 – Presbyterian at Florida
Saturday, Nov. 26 – Florida at Florida State

The Gators’ home slate in 2016 includes: UMass, Kentucky, North Texas, LSU, Missouri, South Carolina and Presbyterian. Not the most attractive home schedule, especially considering Steve Spurrier is no longer coach of the Gamecocks.


– Florida will be playing on the road in the state of Tennessee in back-to-back weeks (Sept. 24, Oct. 1).
– The Gators face the Razorbacks in Fayetteville for the first time since 2008.
– If his suspension is not reduced, then-redshirt sophomore quarterback Will Grier would be able to return against Mizzou on Oct. 15.


  1. jimmyjohns says:

    Wow, that is one ugly home schedule.

  2. Dave Massey says:

    I like the North Texas game between Kentucky and Tennessee and really like the Vandy game being moved up and being between Tennessee and LSU. Florida will have to watch out for Mizzou and the Hogs being sleeper games after big games with LSU and the Mutts directly to the north. Coach Mac will have them ready.

    As a side note, if Grier doesn’t win his appeal he won’t be eligible until after LSU but would return to eligibility for Mizzou, ironic!

  3. SaraGator says:

    Only good home game is against LSU.

    Sigh. I expect a lot of noon games next year.

    • Dave Massey says:

      Hey, send me your Kentucky, Mizzou, and South Carolina tickets if they bore you so much, I’ll be more than happy to go to them for you, lol. I even send pics the whole game!

      • SaraGator says:

        Ha! Get in line.

        Our out of conference games are boring. At least this year we had ECU and there was a bowl game/revenge drama.

        Kentucky as our 2nd game could be interesting.
        Away game in Arkansas after the Cocktail Party will be tough.

    • 1974Gator says:

      Noon games are for losers. We will be in the hunt for another SEC title next year and all our SEC games home games in the Swamp will be played in the primetime (3:30 or 7PM) slots.

  4. Joeyto says:

    And they wonder why season tickets sales are low

  5. Robert says:

    I’m slightly pleased with this schedule. Assuming Will Grier’s suspension isn’t ended the only two games that really give me any worries are Tennessee and LSU. I think Even in the case Grier isn’t re-instated for the full season we should be able to start 5-1 without him.

  6. 1974Gator says:

    An SEC game is a tough game no matter who we play. An improving Kentucky, LSU – a perennial nat’l title competitor, Mizzou two time in last 4 years SEC East champ and South Carolina, who we can never take for granted is not a bad home schedule! Even Umass isn’t that much of a pushover. I think it’s a very competitive home schedule.

  7. Alex says:

    That is a pathetic schediule.


    • 1974Gator says:

      Well, what do you think can be done about it. It is what it is. Let’s quit the senseless complaining.

    • Spuntly says:

      The whole schedule? I would agree that other than FSU, the OOC schedule is pathetic. Game 1 or 3 should have a better team. A team from a major conference should be in one of those slots. The stadium would be packed if we brought in a Pac 12 team. The SEC slate is not pathetic. If UT and UK continue to improve, it will be a tougher SEC slate than this years.

  8. SW FL Joe says:

    I get that there is a new IPF and O’Dome renovations to pay for and Foley wants to do it all debt free, but this is ridiculous.

  9. Jon says:


    Do you know if there will be any changes in the foreseeable future about our permanent pairing with LSU? Although I think our matchup with them is helpful for our schedule while the East is still down, it just eats at me how a team like Mizzou hasn’t to play Bama or LSU yet and has typically played at least 1 less tough game on their schedule that has surely helped them get to Atlanta the past 2 years. Maybe I’m the only one who thinks about it and perhaps it’s Bama/Tennessee and UGA/Auburn that need to play every year that lock this in for everybody else?

  10. caligator says:

    Homecoming on 10/15 or 11/12?

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