Gators to open college football season at Kiffin-led Mississippi

Robbie Andreu
Gainesville Sun
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Lane Kiffin responds to reporters questions at a news conference, after being introduced to Mississippi fans as their new college football coach, at The Pavilion, a multipurpose arena on the campus in Oxford, Miss., Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. Kiffin was previously, the football coach for three years at Florida Atlantic. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

 Playing a 10-game SEC schedule figures to be tough. And that’s the way it’s going to begin for the Florida Gators.

 UF is opening the season on the road, at Ole Miss against new head coach Lane Kiffin, on Sept. 26.

 The Gators were originally slated to open the 2020 season at home on Sept. 5 against Eastern Washington, and starting SEC play on Sept. 26 at Tennessee.

 With the new conference-only schedule released by the league two weeks ago, the Gators will still be opening conference play away, but at a different location than anticipated. In the original schedule, UF was set to visit Oxford on Oct. 17.

 The Gators will be making their first trip to Ole Miss since 2007, when UF and Tim Tebow slipped past the Rebels 30-24.

 The last time the two teams played was in 2015 in The Swamp, with the Gators routing the No. 3 Rebels 38-10.

 UF and Ole Miss will be playing for the 26th time. The Rebels lead the series 12-11-1.

The Gators open with a true road game for the first time since 1987 at Miami (a 31-4 loss) and the first time outside of the state since 1979 at Houston, a 14-10 loss.

 The opening game for each team was announced on the SEC Network on Monday afternoon. The complete schedule for the league will be announced later tonight on the same network. 

The rest of the league schedule has Alabama at Missouri, Georgia at Arkansas, Kentucky at Auburn, Mississippi State at LSU, Tennessee at South Carolina and Vanderbilt at Texas A&M.

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