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Gators to bookend abbreviated 2020 season with road games

Florida to open season at Mississippi, conclude conference-only slate at Tennnessee
Florida Gators QB Kyle Trask takes snap vs. Tennessee Volunteers in 2019
Posted at 8:31 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 21:04:44-04

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida will bookend its 10-game, conference-only schedule in 2020 with road games at Mississippi and Tennessee.

The Southeastern Conference released its revised 2020 season schedule Monday night, which includes five home games for Florida and four true road games, in addition to the annual border rivalry with Georgia in Jacksonville.

As part of the modified schedule amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Gators will travel to Oxford, Mississippi, for their Sept. 26 season opener to take on the Rebels and first-year head coach Lane Kiffin. It will be Florida's first trip to Oxford since 2007.

The Gators will then play three of their next four games at home before a bye week to close out October. Florida will host South Carolina and former coach Will Muschamp on the first weekend in October.

After visiting Texas A&M on Oct. 10, the Gators will welcome defending national champion LSU to Gainesville for the third time in four seasons and Missouri on back-to-back Saturdays before the bye.

2020 Florida Gators Schedule

Sept. 26at MississippiOxford, Miss.
Oct. 3South CarolinaGainesville, Fla.
Oct. 10at Texas A&M College Station, Texas
Oct. 17LSUGainesville, Fla.
Oct. 24MissouriGainesville, Fla.
Nov. 7vs. GeorgiaJacksonville, Fla.
Nov. 14 ArkansasGainesville, Fla.
Nov. 21 at VanderbiltNashville, Tenn.
Nov. 28KentuckyGainesville, Fla.
Dec. 5at TennesseeKnoxville, Tenn.

Florida's grudge match with the Bulldogs will now be played on the first Saturday in November, one week later than its originally scheduled Halloween meeting.

Florida Gators QB Kyle Trask scrambles vs. Georgia Bulldogs in 2019
Florida quarterback Kyle Trask scrambles from the pocket against the Georgia defense during the second half their rivalry game, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla.

After hosting Arkansas and former Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks on Nov. 14, the Gators will play at Vanderbilt the next weekend.

Instead of spending Thanksgiving weekend in Tallahassee to face state rival Florida State, which plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Gators return to Gainesville on Nov. 28 for their final home game against Kentucky. The last time the Gators hosted Kentucky in 2018, the Wildcats defeated Florida in Gainesville for the first time since 1979.

The Gators will conclude the regular season Dec. 5 at Tennessee. It's the latest they'll play the Volunteers since the 2001 game was rescheduled after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.