Time Set For Gators Home Opener vs Bears

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Florida v Georgia

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida football team is set to meet Northern Colorado at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 9 in its 2017 home opener.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. and SEC Network will televise the contest to a national audience. For the first time in school history, all fans are encouraged to sport white attire to ensure a “White Out” for UF’s clash with the Bears.

Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of The Swamp

One year after the University of Florida's Board of Trustees voted to add Steve Spurrier's name to Florida Field, Spurrier will now be honored once again as it’s the 25th Anniversary of when the Head Ball Coach gave Ben Hill Griffin Stadium its nickname, The Swamp.

"The 'Swamp' is a place where only Gators get out alive," Spurrier told then-Gainesville Sun columnist Mike Bianchi in 1992. "We feel comfortable there, but we hope our opponents feel tentative. A swamp is hot and sticky and can be dangerous. We feel this is an appropriate nickname for our stadium."

All told, Spurrier's teams went 68-5 at home during his 12 seasons. Jim McElwain is 11-1 at home after going unbeaten in “The Swamp" last year.

Previous Game Time & Broadcast Announcements 

The Gators will host Tennessee on Saturday, Sept. 16, and face Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 28, in Jacksonville. CBS and the SEC announced Tuesday that both games would be televised on CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET.

It marks the 15th consecutive season that SEC East rivals UF and UGA will meet in front of a national audience on CBS. Meanwhile, 19 of the last 21 meetings between the Gators and Volunteers have aired on CBS.

Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson, along with reporter Allie LaForce are CBS Sports' lead college football announce team.

In addition, ESPN and the SEC recently announced that the 2017 AdvoCare Classic between Florida and Michigan would be played on Saturday, Sept. 2, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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