With an annual rivalry game against Florida State, and upcoming series with Utah, Miami, Colorado, and Texas, Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin has some solid football games in place. Today, he publicly made it known that he wants to add to future schedules soon.
Typically, teams schedule games outside of the public eye. Reports may leak out about things that schools are planning, and the occasional FOIA request will show the games that may have been in the works.
Stricklin brought the process into the public today. He took to Twitter to call on any Power Five programs that want to ink the Gators to an upcoming home-and-home series.
Attention ADs from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 or Pac-12 … @GatorsFB is looking to add additional Home-and-Home series against P5 opponents. Let’s connect and schedule quality games the fans want to see! #GoGators
— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) October 22, 2019
This seems to signal in a new era of Florida scheduling, as well.
The Colorado series, which features a scheduled 2028 game in Boulder, is set to be the first true out of state non-conference road game since the Gators lost at Syracuse in 1991.
We’ll see if Stricklin is truly willing for a trip that far again, but games at Utah and Colorado are promising, and they definitely liven up a schedule that has never really ventured out of SEC territory to this point.
So far, the responses are…maybe a bit less exciting than Stricklin had hoped:
— Troy Dannen (@Tulane_AD) October 22, 2019
Tulane is having a breakout year, and there are certainly worse things than a trip to New Orleans, but we’re excited to see a ramp up in the Gators, and other SEC powers, scheduling, as the tide has turned toward potential College Football Playoff contenders beefing up their future slates.
As of now, here is what Florida has coming up in the non-conference:
2020: vs. Eastern Washington, vs. South Alabama, vs. New Mexico State, at FSU
2021: vs. FAU, at USF, vs. FSU, vs. Samford
2022: vs. USF, at FSU, vs. Utah
2023: vs. Charlotte, vs. FSU, at Utah
2024: vs. Miami, at FSU
2025: vs. USF, at Miami, vs. FSU
2026: at FSU
2027: vs. FSU
2028: vs. Colorado, at FSU
2029: at Colorado, vs. FSU
2030: vs. Texas, at FSU
2031: at Texas, vs. FSU
The Florida State series continues on through 2037, alternating between Tallahassee and Gainesville.