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Gators schedule football series with Notre Dame

The two big-name programs announced an upcoming home-and-home series.
Florida Gators helmets sit on a table during the game against the Charleston Southern on Sept. 1, 2018 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville. (MONICA HERNDON  |  Times)
Florida Gators helmets sit on a table during the game against the Charleston Southern on Sept. 1, 2018 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville. (MONICA HERNDON | Times) [ Times ]
Published Feb. 9
Updated Feb. 9

The Gators and Notre Dame have announced a home-and-home football series that will pit two storied programs against each other next decade.

The Fighting Irish will host Florida on Nov. 15, 2031. Pack your parkas. That year’s schedule already includes matchups at Texas and against Arizona State, plus, presumably, the annual Florida State game.

The two teams will meet in Gainesville the next year on Sept. 11.

The Gators and Irish have only faced each other once before. Notre Dame rallied to top Florida 39-28 in the Sugar Bowl at the end of the 1991 season.

The announcement is the latest sign of UF beefing up its non-conference schedule. In addition to the FSU series, the Gators have upcoming Power Five home-and-home matchups set with Utah (2022-23), Miami (2024-25), Cal (2026-27), Arizona State (’28, ’31), North Carolina State (’26, ‘32), Colorado (2028-29), Arizona State (’28, ‘31) and Texas (2030-31).

This year’s non-conference schedule includes a trip to USF plus games against Samford, Florida Atlantic and FSU.