Florida football schedule 2020: Gators open 10-game slate at Ole Miss

By Adam Silverstein
August 17, 2020
Florida football schedule 2020: Gators open 10-game slate at Ole Miss

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If a 2020 college football season is played, the Florida Gators and the rest of the Southeastern Conference will have the largest league schedules they’ve ever played on their hands. The SEC on Monday night is announcing the complete schedules for each of its teams on SEC Network.

SEC teams will play a 10-game conference schedule this season. In addition to the eight games that were set as part of the normal schedule rotation, two additional cross-division opponents were added to fill out the slates. Florida added a road game at Texas A&M and home game vs. Arkansas to its schedule; the Gators last visited the Aggies in 2012 and last hosted the Razorbacks in 2013. That goes along with UF’s regularly scheduled SEC West opponents of LSU (permanent) and Ole Miss (rotational).

Florida will open its season on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Ole Miss, its previously scheduled SEC West cross-divisional opponent. It will be the first time the Gators and Rebels have played in Oxford, Mississippi, since 2007.

Florida’s 2020 schedule will unfold as listed below, an SEC source tells Only Gators ahead of the league’s official announcement.

Sept. 26: at Ole Miss
Oct. 3: vs. South Carolina
Oct. 10: at Texas A&M
Oct. 17: vs. LSU
Oct. 24: vs. Missouri
Oct. 31: Bye
Nov. 7: vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)
Nov. 14: vs. Arkansas
Nov. 21: at Vanderbilt
Nov. 28: vs. Kentucky
Dec. 5: at Tennessee
Dec. 12: Conference-wide off week
Dec. 19: SEC Championship Game

Florida will conclude the season against Tennessee for the first time since 2001. The Gators-Volunteers game that year was pushed to the end of the season due to 9/11.

UF will be at home for five straight weeks in the middle of the season and never play consecutive road games in 2020.

The Florida-Georgia game was pushed back a week from its scheduled Oct. 31 date. This will mark the first time since 1991 that the Gators and Bulldogs will not play on the weekend closest to Halloween.

It is not known when kickoff times and television information will be announced as ESPN is likely retooling its college football schedule to fill in slots vacated by Big Ten and Pac-12 games.

The SEC will mandate two COVID-19 tests for players and coaches each week, likely six and three days ahead of kickoff. The conference is also investigating adding a third, rapid test that would be administered closer to the games. Florida head coach Dan Mullen announced Monday that the Gators will be tested three times each week.

Players will be asked to pull up required neck gaiters when the ball is not in play, and all persons on the sideline will be wearing masks or neck gaiters while socially distancing as much as possible given the confinements of the field.

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