Sep 5, 2015; Gainesville, FL, USA; A general view of a "Its Great to be a Florida Gator" sign in the Swamp where the Florida Gators play the New Mexico State Aggies during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Gators Release 2018 Football Schedule

The SEC has released the 2018 football schedules for all 14 SEC teams. Each school will play eight conference games–Six against division opponents and two versus non-division opponents.

The Gators’ schedule includes featured annual matchups with LSU, Tennessee, and Georgia, as well as in-state rival, FSU. Florida will kick off their season against Charleston Southern in only their second-ever matchup. Florida cruised to a 62-3 victory over CSU in 2009.

The Gators will begin SEC play in Week 2 when they take on Kentucky. Depending on the outcome of Florida’s game against Kentucky this weekend, the Gators could be taking a 31 game winning streak into next season’s matchup.

For Week 3, Florida will play Colorado State for the first time ever in school history. Colorado State is UF head coach Jim McElwain’s former school. From 2012-2016, he had a 22-16 overall record as the head coach and was named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year in 2014. The Rams are coming off of a 7-6 record in 2016.

Week 6 will feature UF facing off against LSU in Gainesville for the second straight year due to the shift in schedules caused by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Florida will play another rival in Georgia during Week 9. The game is a neutral-site showdown in Jacksonville, where it has been held every year since 1933 – with only two exceptions.

After finishing up SEC play and before taking on FSU, the Gators will play the Idaho Vandals. Idaho had a 9-4 overall record in 2016 and went 6-2 in the Sun Belt Conference. The Vandals defeated Colorado State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl last season 61-50. Florida and Idaho scheduled a previous meeting in 2014, but it was canceled due to inclement weather.

The Gators will close out their regular season in their annual game against FSU. Florida State has won the previous four matchups between the teams, but UF leads the all-time series 34-25-2.

2018 Florida Football Schedule

  • September 1 – Charleston Southern (Gainesville, Fla.)
  • September 8 – Kentucky (Gainesville, Fla.)
  • September 15 – Colorado State (Gainesville, Fla.)
  • September 22 – at Tennessee (Knoxville, Tenn.)
  • September 29 – at Mississippi State (Starkville, Miss.)
  • October 6 – LSU (Gainesville, Fla.)
  • October 13 – at Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN)
  • October 20 – Bye
  • October 27 – vs. Georgia (Jacksonville, Fla.)
  • November 3 – Missouri (Gainesville, Fla.)
  • November 10 – South Carolina (Gainesville, Fla.)
  • November 17 – Idaho (Gainesville, Fla.)
  • November 24 – at Florida State (Tallahassee, Fla.)

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