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Florida Gators’ 2020 football schedule unveiled

The SEC announced its revised schedule Monday.
Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators learned their revised schedule Monday.
Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators learned their revised schedule Monday. [ Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Aug. 17, 2020
Updated Aug. 18, 2020

The SEC announced the Florida Gators’ revised schedule Monday. Here it is:

Sept. 26: at Mississippi

Oct. 3: vs. South Carolina

Oct. 10: at Texas A&M

Oct. 17: vs. LSU

Oct. 24: vs. Missouri

Oct. 31: Off

Nov. 7: vs. Georgia (in Jacksonville)

Nov. 14: vs. Arkansas

Nov. 21: at Vanderbilt

Nov. 28: vs. Kentucky

Dec. 5: at Tennessee

Game times have not yet been announced.

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Of note: Florida-Georgia will not be on Oct. 31, as originally scheduled. Gators athletic director Scott Stricklin has said previously he expected the game to remain on that date. It was pushed back one week but will still be played in Jacksonville.

The Gators open at Mississippi on Sept. 26. It is UF’s first trip to Oxford since 2007 and sets up interesting story lines. Mullen famously called Ole Miss the “school up north” when he coached at rival Mississippi State. It’ll also be the Rebels debut for lightning-rod coach Lane Kiffin, who memorably said he would sing Rocky Top all night long after his Volunteers beat UF; he lost to the Gators 23-13 in his only season at Tennessee.

Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) celebrates after a touchdown during the first quarter of the game at Camping World Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.
Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) celebrates after a touchdown during the first quarter of the game at Camping World Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. [ Tampa Bay Times ]

In the updated schedule, UF added a home game against Arkansas in Week 8, setting up the return of former Gators starter Feleipe Franks to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Franks started 24 games at UF before suffering a season-ending ankle injury at Kentucky.

Mullen said he doesn’t know how good the matchup is “for anybody.”

“It’ll be unique,” Mullen said. “I know he will be motivated to play us. I’m sure our guys probably will be motivated to play him because it’s a little more personal…I don’t know if that’s a great thing or not.”

The Gators’ other added game is a trip to Texas A&M to face Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies in Week 3. Fisher’s last game as FSU’s head coach was a win over UF in Gainesville in 2017.

MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Florida State Seminoles defensive back Derwin James (3), head coach Jimbo Fisher and defensive tackle Walvenski Aime (94) celebrate after the game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.  Final score Florida State Seminoles 38, Florida Gators 22.
MONICA HERNDON | Times Florida State Seminoles defensive back Derwin James (3), head coach Jimbo Fisher and defensive tackle Walvenski Aime (94) celebrate after the game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. Final score Florida State Seminoles 38, Florida Gators 22. [ Times ]

The SEC will not play non-conference games this year, which is why Florida State isn’t on UF’s schedule for the first time since 1957. Non-conference games against Eastern Washington, South Alabama and New Mexico State are also off the docket.