Florida football schedules home-and-home series with NC State for 2026, 2032

By Adam Silverstein
July 9, 2020
Florida football schedules home-and-home series with NC State for 2026, 2032
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The Florida Gators will announce Thursday the formation of a home-and-home football series with the NC State Wolfpack that will add to the team’s growing slate of stellar nonconference games, a source close to the process told OnlyGators.com. The series, which will have two games separated by five entire seasons, will begin with Florida playing at NC State in 2026 before the Gators host the Wolfpack in 2032.

Florida is 9-4-1 all-time against NC State with the teams last meeting at the 1992 Gator Bowl, a 27-10 win for the Gators. The schools initially played in 1927 and at one point fought regularly from 1930-34. They also previously had two-game series in 1946-47 and 1965-66. UF has won five of the last six meetings dating back to 1947.

NC State is the second ACC team (other than Florida State) to be added to Florida’s strong slate of upcoming nonconference games. UF will also play a two-game series against Miami in 2024-25. The Gators have announced games a number of other major-conference opponents recently, including Utah, Cal, Colorado, Arizona State and Texas.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin made the team’s search for future Power Five opponents public last year. Stricklin and head coach Dan Mullen have done a fine job building the Gators’ future nonconference schedule as they aim to face at least 10 Power Five opponents each season, eight from the SEC, Florida State and one or two additional opponents. UF will now play at least two Power Five opponents every year from 2022-32.

Upcoming Power Five nonconference games

2020: at Florida State
2021: vs. Florida State
2022: vs. Utah, at Florida State
2023: at Utah, vs. Florida State
2024: vs. Miami, at Florida State
2025: at Miami, vs. Florida State
2026: at NC State, vs. Cal, at Florida State
2027: at Cal, vs. Florida State
2028: vs. Colorado, at Arizona State, at Florida State
2029: at Colorado, vs. Florida State
2030: vs. Texas, at Florida State
2031: at Texas, vs. Arizona State, vs. Florida State
2032: vs. NC State, at Florida State

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