Gators to open 2017 season against Michigan

Florida will start the 2017 season with a neutral site game against Michigan at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

The game will serve as Florida's first time leaving the state for a regular season, non-conference game since traveling to Syracuse in 1991.

"You don't get these opportunities very often,"' UF athletic director Jeremy Foley said. "Our schedule has been pretty consistent through the years. We were presented this opportunity and just thought it was something that our fans would embrace, our program would embrace.

"It would give us great national visibility. Obviously, a very difficult ballgame against a storied program -- that excites us."

The teams have met twice, only meeting in bowl games in 2002 and 2007. Michigan won both of those games.

Both schools will receive 25,000 tickets for the game in Arlington. AT&T Stadium has already hosted a Super Bowl and will host the 2014 Men's Final Four and the first college football national championship under the playoff format in January 2015.

"This is a great opportunity to expose the University of Florida nationally, playing one of the greatest programs in the history of college football, I think a tremendous trip for our fans," Foley said. "We just haven't done much of this, certainly as long as I've been athletic director. I think there are a lot of positives that come out of it."

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