The schedule opens with a three-game homestand to start the season. Idaho will serve as the season opener on August 30 before Eastern Michigan heads to Gainesville on September 6. The conference opener will be on September 13 when Florida hosts Kentucky.
That’s when the changes start to occur.
The Gators will travel to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama for the first time since 2011 and will have a bye week after that. Florida then travels to Tennessee on October 4 for the latest game of the rivalry since the game was pushed back in 2001 because of the 9/11 attacks. The 1991 season is the last time the Florida-Tennessee game was put on the original schedule this late.
The Gators return home for their annual battle with LSU on October 11 before hosting Missouri on October 18. Florida then has a bye week before heading to Jacksonville for the annual game with Georgia. Florida goes to Nashville to play Vanderbilt on November 8 before hosting South Carolina on November 15.
Eastern Kentucky will serve as the non-conference game before the Gators go to Florida State on November 29.