Gators' 2020 SEC football schedule announced
There is something traditional about Florida’s new non-traditional 2020 football schedule.
The Gators and Georgia Bulldogs will be meeting at about the same time and in the same place that they always do -- late in the season, coming off an open date, along the St. Johns River in Jacksonville.
In the new conference-only schedule, which was released Monday night, the Gators and Bulldogs will play their pivotal SEC East showdown on Nov. 7, a week later than on the original schedule. But, other than that, it provides some normalcy to the schedule.
Otherwise, it’s kind of an upside down schedule in a season that’s been turned upside down by COVID-19.
The Gators will open on the road at Ole Miss on Sept. 26 and will close the 10-game regular season against East rivals they usually face in the opening games of the season -- Kentucky and Tennessee.
UF, which was scheduled to play the Wildcats in The Swamp on Sept. 12 in the SEC opener, now gets Kentucky at home on Nov. 28.
A week later, the Gators travel to Knoxville to face the Vols in what could be a chilly (or cold) day on Rocky Top. UF and UT were originally scheduled to meet on Sept. 26.
Former UF quarterback Feleipe Franks will be making his return to The Swamp with the Arkansas Razorbacks on Nov. 14. Arkansas is one of the two West teams added to UF’s schedule two weeks ago. The other is Texas A&M, a team the Gators will face on the road on Oct. 10.
The marquee matchup in The Swamp will come on Oct. 17 against LSU. That game was originally scheduled for a week earlier.
South Carolina and Missouri, who usually fall on the Gators’ schedule late in the season, will be making their way to Gainesville in October.
The Gators travel to Vanderbilt on Nov. 21.
Florida's 2020 schedule
Week 1 (Sept. 26) – at Ole Miss (Oxford, Miss.)
Week 2 (Oct. 3 ) – South Carolina (Gainesville)
Week 3 (Oct. 10) – at Texas A&M (College Station, Texas)
Week 4 (Oct. 17) – LSU (Gainesville)
Week 5 (Oct. 24) – Missouri (Gainesville)
Week 6 (Oct. 31) – OPEN
Week 7 (Nov. 7) – vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)
Week 8 (Nov. 14) – Arkansas (Gainesville)
Week 9 (Nov. 21) – at Vanderbilt (Nashville, Tenn.)
Week 10 (Nov. 28) – Kentucky (Gainesville)
Week 11 (Dec. 5) – at Tennessee (Knoxville, Tenn.)
SEC Championship Game (Atlanta, Ga.) – Dec. 19