Florida’s 2015 schedule announced

The Southeastern Conference released the 2015 schedule on Tuesday night, and the Gators have another tough schedule waiting for them next year.

The Gators begin the season with four of their first five games at home and close the season with three of their last four games at home. That produces a difficult month of October with only one game being played at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Florida opens conference play at Kentucky on September 19. The Gators have won 28 straight over the Wildcats going into that meeting. The Gators will try to defend another streak the following week, as Tennessee comes to Gainesville on September 26. Florida has won the last 10 meetings between the teams after a 10-9 win over the Volunteers two weeks ago.

As usual, October is the meat of the Florida schedule. The Gators open the month by hosting Ole Miss on October 3. The Rebels make their first trip to Gainesville since upsetting the eventual national championship Gators in 2008. Florida hits the road to Missouri on October 10 for the program’s second trip to Columbia since the Tigers joined the SEC.

The Gators stay on the road after that, traveling to LSU on October 17 for the only back-to-back road game stretch on the schedule. After facing the Tigers, the Gators have their only bye week on the schedule.

The Georgia game will happen on October 31 in Jacksonville, and both teams will have bye weeks to prepare for it. The Gators will host Vanderbilt the following week before a trip to South Carolina on November 14 closes out the SEC schedule.

The out of conference schedule starts against New Mexico State on September 5 in the season opener before the Gators host East Carolina on September 12. Florida will host Florida Atlantic on November 21 in the annual non-conference game before facing the Seminoles. The regular season will come to an end when the Gators host Florida State on November 28.

The SEC championship game is slated for December 5 in Atlanta, Ga.

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