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Florida Gators 2021 football schedule released

The Gators will open SEC play against the reigning national champions, Alabama.
The Gators will begin the first season of the post-Kyle Trask era (and likely start of the Emory Jones era) on Sept. 4 against Florida Atlantic.
The Gators will begin the first season of the post-Kyle Trask era (and likely start of the Emory Jones era) on Sept. 4 against Florida Atlantic. [ MICHAEL AINSWORTH | AP ]
Published Jan. 27
Updated Jan. 27

The Florida Gators learned their full 2021 football schedule on Wednesday, starting with a home game against Willie Taggart, the former head coach at rival Florida State who’s now at Florida Atlantic.

The Gators then start their three-game series with USF by traveling to Raymond James Stadium. UF is scheduled to host the Bulls in 2022 and ’25. The teams have only met once before: a 38-14 Gators win in 2010.

UF will open SEC play with a bang, hosting reigning national champion Alabama on Sept. 18. The Gators have lost seven in a row to the Crimson Tide, with their last win coming in the 2008 SEC championship.

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Florida will then host Tennessee and new coach Josh Heupel in Week 4, followed by a trip to Kentucky.

The Gators will carry their two-game losing streak against LSU into Baton Rouge on Oct. 16. As usual, UF will be off the week before the game against Georgia (Oct. 30) in Jacksonville.

UF concludes the year by resuming its famed rivalry with FSU, which was shelved last season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Gators and Seminoles had played every year since 1958.

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Florida Gators 2021 schedule

Sept. 4: vs. Florida Atlantic

Sept. 11: at USF

Sept. 18: vs. Alabama

Sept. 25: vs. Tennessee

Oct. 2: at Kentucky

Oct. 9: vs. Vanderbilt

Oct. 16: at LSU

Oct. 30: vs. Georgia (in Jacksonville)

Nov. 6: at South Carolina

Nov. 13: vs. Samford

Nov. 20: at Missouri

Nov. 27: vs. Florida State

Kickoff times and TV information will be announced closer to the season.