Florida-USF series moved up to 2021

Florida players warm up before a game this season. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

There has been an adjustment made to the Florida-South Florida three-game series, with the single game scheduled at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa now slated for 2021, rather than 2023 as originally planned. The two games scheduled for Gainesville are still set for 2022 and 2025.

 UF and USF have met only once before, when the Gators defeated the Bulls 38-14 in the second week of the 2010 season.

This series is another example Florida’s history to play in-state schools in its recent past. Over the past 15 years, Florida has played Florida State, Miami, UCF, USF, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic and Florida International. 

UF opens the 2019 season against Miami in Orlando for the Camping World Kickoff.

 The Gators and Hurricanes have a long history dating back to their first meeting in 1938 in Gainesville. Miami leads the all-time series 29-26 and won the last meeting three years ago at home.

 The 2019 clash will be the seventh neutral-site game in the rivalry’s history. The schools have met in Jacksonville (1958-59), Orlando (1976), Tampa (1984), New Orleans (Sugar Bowl) and Atlanta (Peach Bowl) previously, splitting the six games.

Ticket information on both the USF and Miami matchups will be announced at a later date from the Gator Ticket Office.


  1. A couple points, that picture of the Gators ”breaking down” is really a cool pic. Playing U.S.F. in Raymond James Stadium in 2021 will also be cool. Playing in 2021 sounds so… ”futuristic”. But maybe that’s because I still remember James Jones’ 1 handed T.D. catch, falling backwards unto the pylon, to help the Gators beat the nasty ‘Canes of long ago (1980’s). But for now, Go Gators! And chomp down on the Wolverines!

    • Right-a-Mundo, GI — first things first. That said, I am delighted to be playing USF. A good team, with a damn fine coach, and they play in a decent conference to boot. Not a “Power-6” conference as UCF likes to claim on the one hand while they avoid playing the Gators on the other……but a decent conference nonetheless. Ought to be a good series. But first Michigan, then Miami, then thru Georgia to the SEC.

      • Those old games against Miami were great and new games in state should be an upgrade over Charleston southern, Ohio, Idaho, and all of these usual suspects games recently. That Charleston southern game really prepared us for Kentucky.

        • Amen mveal, I was there (I really was, I’m not just saying it like so many have before, LOL) back when James Jones’ made that amazing catch to beat those amazingly good, but nasty Miami Hurricanes of the 80’s. It is a Gator memory I will never forget! And that’s why U.F students should SHOW UP to the Gator games! Memories they can make, but they have to be there. And I wasn’t even a college student back, then just a local Gainesvillian teen.
          And Gator 6, you’re right, again, it’s TIME TO BEAT MICHIGAN, dangit!
          Go Gators!

  2. Gators/Bulls game will be a blast. I know Charlie Strong and he is a great coach. I will be there with my nephew who is a Bulls grad and am looking forward to an all out slug fest. Go Gators! John Ryan Class of ’87.

  3. The game will be a sell-out, or close to one, because of all the Gator fans in the Tampa Bay area and USF students will be selling their tickets for $50 or less because they aren’t going anyway.
    Reminds me of when A.D. Bill Arnsparger dropped Miami from the annual schedule cause the SEC was splitting in 1990 into 2 divisions and 8 SEC games were required of the 11 possible games. Florida had to play FSU, leaving them just 2 non-conference games. Arnsparger told Miami Florida would continue the annual series, but only on a 50-50 gate split and Miami’s home game would be in Orlando, where the stadium would be full of Gator fans. The ‘Canes dropped that idea like a bad habit.