Gators, USF announce Future Three Game Series

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The Gators and Bulls have agreed to a play in Gainesville in 2022 and 2025 and at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa in 2023.

UF and USF have met only once before, when the Gators defeated the Bulls 38-14 in the second week of the 2010 season.

“This is a unique scheduling opportunity that allows us to get three games against a quality FBS opponent, with two at home and one in a great venue in Tampa,” Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said. “A lot of Gator fans will have the opportunity to attend that game and we are looking forward to being able to play a regular-season game in central Florida.”

“We are excited to have the opportunity to host South Florida twice in The Swamp and also play them in Raymond James Stadium,” Coach Dan Mullen said. “The Tampa/St. Petersburgh area is an important recruiting footprint for us and our players will love playing another game in an NFL stadium.”

This series is another example of the University of Florida’s history to play in-state schools in its recent past. Over the past 15 years, Florida has played Florida State, Miami, UCF, USF, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic and Florida International.

In addition to UF’s annual matchup with FSU, fans are reminded that UF will open the 2019 season with the Miami Hurricanes at the Camping World Kickoff.

The Gators and Hurricanes have a long history dating back to their first meeting in 1938 in Gainesville. Miami leads the all-time series 29-26 and won the last meeting three years ago at home.

The 2019 clash will be the seventh neutral-site game in the rivalry's history. The schools have met in Jacksonville (1958-59), Orlando (1976), Tampa (1984), New Orleans (Sugar Bowl) and Atlanta (Peach Bowl) previously, splitting the six games.

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