Gators, NC State announce home and home series

[Courtesy of UAA]

Special to The Sun

Florida has added a home-and-home series with North Carolina State to its schedules for the 2026 and 2032 football seasons, the school announced Thursday. The Gators will face the Wolfpack in Raleigh, N.C., in 2026, and UF will host NC State in 2032.

The programs have met 14 times, with the Gators holding a 9-4-1 series advantage. The last matchup took place on New Year’s Eve at the 1992 Gator Bowl, where Florida earned a 27-10 win in Jacksonville.

The last time UF traveled to Raleigh was in 1975 in an 8-7 loss in the second week of the season. The last matchup in Gainesville was on Oct. 3, 1970, where the Gators won, 14-6.

Between 1927 and 1934, the squads met seven times with the first matchup taking place on Oct. 23, 1927, in Tampa. The Wolfpack won that contest, 12-6.

The future non-conference opponents over the next decade feature Texas, Utah, Cal, Colorado, Arizona State on top of in-state foes Miami, USF and the annual matchup against Florida State.

Future Power Five Non-Conference Opponents (by year) *Not including annual matchups*

  • 2022: Utah
  • 2023: at Utah
  • 2024: Miami
  • 2025: at Miami
  • 2026: Cal, at NC State
  • 2027: at Cal
  • 2028: Colorado, at Arizona State
  • 2029: at Colorado
  • 2030: Texas
  • 2031: at Texas, Arizona State
  • 2032: NC State


  1. I see Pat tweeted: “Gators and NC State announce home and home series. Last time i went there, Florida lost to Manhattan in hoops. First team out of that tournament.”

    I was there and remember that vividly. It was a few years after the 2000 tourney appearance in G’boro that was marvelous. The Gators were lethargic and flat. I can remember freshman Chris Richards sulking on the beach towards the end of the game. Manhatten had a guard that just tore us up. I was embarrassed by our performance that day.

  2. While not a cupcake, NC State will still be a heavy underdog. In fact, all of the games listed above, except Texas, are against second tier programs at best. I doubt Stricklin and Mullen will still be around in 2030 when Texas comes around. Avoiding scheduling perennial ranked teams is the safest path to job security. And you wonder why attendance is declining…