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Florida releases huge 2017 football schedule

The Florida Gators will really have their hands full in 2017. Maybe the best schedule in recent memory in terms of star power, the Gators are set to play only six games in Gainesville for the first time in several years as well, but will be at neutral site games against national power Michigan and Georgia and on the road versus LSU.

Florida leads off the 2017 docket travelling to Dallas to play Michigan on September 2. The two faced off in January 2016 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. The Gators were handled that day in Orlando to the tune of 41-7 and will look to revenge the defeat.

The Gators will return to Gainesville the following weekend to take on Northern Colorado, which should amount to a walk in the park compared to the games it is sandwiched between.

In week three, Tennessee returns to Gainesville for what is annually one of the toughest matchups in the SEC’s Eastern Division.

Florida will travel to Kentucky in week four, beating the terrible cold that they used to see a decade and more ago when they would travel to Lexington in November.

Vanderbilt will hit The Swamp for week five and on September 30. It should still be a little warm at that time of year for the Commodores and more often than not that will be an early day game.

LSU will end the first half of the season on the Florida schedule and the Gators will have to travel to Baton Rouge with what should amount to the toughest pure away game on the schedule.

Date

Opponent

Sept. 2

vs Michigan (Dallas)

Sept. 9

vs Northern Colorado (Home)

Sept. 16

Vs Tennessee (Home)

Sept. 23

@ Kentucky

Sept. 30

Vs Vanderbilt (Home)

Oct. 7

@ LSU

Oct. 14

Texas A&M (Home)

Oct. 28

Vs Georgia (Jacksonville)

Nov. 4

@ Missouri

Nov. 11

@ South Carolina

Nov.18

UAB (Home)

Nov. 25

Florida State (Home)

The second half of the season will kick off with Texas A&M travelling to Florida for the first time since 1962. The Aggies appear to be on the uptick this year and are a big time program to host in The Swamp.

The Gators will get a bye week before travelling to Jacksonville, just 75 miles away, for their annual battle with the Georgia Bulldogs.

The following week they head to Columbia Missouri which will amount to the farthest travelled pure road game of the year against the Missouri Tigers.

Game 10 will see a matchup between Florida and former head coach Will Muschamp at South Carolina.

Finally the Gators will finish a home stand facing the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) who just rebuilt their program, and in-state rival Florida State to close out the regular season.

In the end, this is a pretty amazing docket with powerhouses Michigan, Tennessee, LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Florida State, along with four other SEC games. The Gators will have to earn their keep in 2017. 


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