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Florida Gators 2023 SEC football schedule released

Nick de la Torre09/20/22
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GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 09: Albert, the Florida Gators mascot, during the game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Florida Gators on October 9, 2021 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators 2023 football schedule is here. Tuesday night the Southeastern Conference released the dates for the entire 2023 conference schedule. Times and television networks will be announced at a later date.

The Gators’ already had dates for their non-conference schedule. Florida will kick off the new season west of the Mississippi for the first time since 2017 when they played Michigan at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Gators and Utes played an instant classic to start the 2022 season, with Florida pulling off a 29-26 upset victory. Florida returns the trip to start the 2023 season.

The Gators will be back home in week two to take on McNeese. The game will mark the first-ever matchup between the Gators and the Cowboys, an FCS program that competes in the Southland Conference. They will be paid $500,000 for the game.

The Gators will open conference play in week three against the Tennessee Volunteers. It’s the first time since 2017 that Florida will open SEC play against Tennessee. Florida’s two SEC West opponents are Arkansas (Nov. 4) and LSU (Nov. 11) The Gators will have an open date prior to their matchup with Georgia in Jacksonville.

Florida will have another first in week four when they host Charlotte. The game will serve as a homecoming for Charolette Athletic Director, Mike Hill. Hill spent nearly 25 years with the University of Florida. He spent his last six years there as the Gators’ Executive Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs. As a primary advisor to the Director of Athletics, he helped lead a number of head coaching searches and served as the direct supervisor for men’s basketball and men’s tennis. He was also on the administrative fundraising team that developed strategies, cultivated donors, and secured major gifts.

Rounding out the Gators’ non-conference schedule is the annual matchup with Florida State to camp the season on November 25.

Florida Gators 2023 football schedule

DateOpponent Location
September 2Utah UtesSalt Lake City
September 9McNeese State CowboysGainesville
September 16 Tennessee VolunteersGainesville
September 23Charlotte 49ersGainesville
September 30Kentucky WildcatsLexington
October 7 VanderbiltGainesville
October 14South CarolinaColumbia
October 28Georgia Bulldogs Jacksonville
November 4ArkansasGainesville
November 11LSU Baton Rouge
November 18Missouri Columbia
November 25Florida State SeminolesGainesville