The Florida Gators football program represents the University of Florida in American college football. Florida competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They play their home games in Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (nicknamed "The Swamp") on the university's Gainesville campus. The team's current head coach is Dan Mullen. The Gators have won three national championships and eight SEC titles in the 112-season history of Florida football.
|Florida Gators football|
|Athletic director||Scott Stricklin|
|Head coach||Dan Mullen|
2nd season, 10–3 (.769)
|Stadium||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium|
|Field||Steve Spurrier-Florida Field|
|NCAA division||Division I FBS|
|Past conferences||Independent (1906–1911)|
|All-time record||724–418–40 (.629)|
|Bowl record||23–21 (.523)|
|Claimed nat'l titles||3 (1996, 2006, 2008)|
|Unclaimed nat'l titles||2 (1984, 1985)|
|National finalist||1 (1995)|
|Conference titles||8 (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2006, 2008)|
|Division titles||14 (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003*, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012*, 2015, 2016)|
Florida State (rivalry)
|Heisman winners||3 (Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel, Tim Tebow)|
|Consensus All-Americans||32[note 1]|
|Colors||Orange and Blue|
|Fight song||"The Orange and Blue"|
|Mascot||Albert and Alberta|
|Marching band||Pride of the Sunshine|
The University of Florida was established in Gainesville in 1906 and fielded its first official varsity football team that fall. In over 110 years of football, the Gators have played in over forty bowl games; won three national championships (1996, 2006 and 2008) and eight Southeastern Conference championships (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2006 and 2008) and have produced three Heisman Trophy winners, more than ninety first-team All-Americans and fifty National Football League (NFL) first-round draft choices.
Since 1906, Florida football has had twenty-six head coaches, including three who were inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for their coaching success. Its first head coach was Pee Wee Forsythe with Dan Mullen becoming the Gators' most recent head coach in 2018.
Florida football competed for its first several seasons as an independent before joining the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1912. They moved to the Southern Conference in 1922, then left with a dozen other schools to establish the new Southeastern Conference (SEC) in 1932. Florida is currently one of fourteen member institutions in the SEC, and the football team has competed in the SEC Eastern Division since the league began divisional play in 1992.
Florida plays an eight-game SEC schedule, with six games against the other Eastern Division teams: Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and Vanderbilt. The schedule is filled out with an annual game against Louisiana State and a rotating SEC Western Division team. Until 2003, the Gators also played Auburn every season, but contests in the rivalry are now infrequent events as part of the SEC's rotating opponent system.
Key conference rivalries include the annual Florida–Georgia game in Jacksonville, Florida (usually around Halloween), the Florida–Tennessee rivalry (usually mid-September), and the inter-divisional Florida–LSU rivalry with their permanent SEC Western Division foe (in early to mid-October).
Florida has also played in-state rival Florida State every year since 1958, usually facing off in the last game of the regular season. The two teams' emergence as perennial football powers during the 1980s and 1990s helped build the Florida–Florida State rivalry into a game which often has national-title implications. Before 1988, in-state rival Miami was also an annual opponent; due to expanded conference schedules, the Florida–Miami rivalry has been renewed only three times in the regular season and twice in bowl games since then. The remaining dates on Florida's regular schedule are filled by non-conference opponents which vary from year to year.
Florida's outdoor sports teams initially played most of their homes games at a municipal park near downtown Gainesville. In 1911, the university installed bleachers alongside a grassy area on the north edge of the campus and dubbed it University Athletic Field, which was expanded and renamed Fleming Field in 1915.
The football program finally moved into a modern stadium in 1930, when the university built 22,000 seat Florida Field just south of Fleming Field. In 1989, the name was extended to "Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium" to honor alumnus and sports benefactor Ben Hill Griffin. In 2016, former player and coach Steve Spurrier was honored by having his name added to the name of the field; it is now officially known as "Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium". The facility is also commonly known as "The Swamp", a nickname that Spurrier coined in 1992, when he was Florida's head ball coach. Florida Field has been renovated and expanded many times over the decades and has a capacity of almost 90,000.
Even after Florida Field was constructed, Florida occasionally scheduled "home" game in other cities across the state, most often Tampa or Jacksonville. This practice was common in the early years of the program, when the Gators' home field was smaller and traveling to Gainesville was more difficult. The frequency of these rotating home games had decreased from one or two contests per season in the 1930s to one every few seasons by the 1980s. With the exception of the traditional rivalry game against Georgia, the Gators have not scheduled any home games outside of Gainesville since Florida Field expanded to became the largest football stadium in the state in 1990.
Florida's football program is a charter member of the Southeastern Conference, which began play in 1933. Before that, the Gators were affiliated with two different conferences after having founded the program without a conference affiliation.
|1996||Steve Spurrier||AP, Coaches||12–1||Sugar Bowl (Bowl Alliance National Championship Game)||Florida State||W 52–20|
|2006||Urban Meyer||AP, Coaches, BCS||13–1||BCS National Championship Game||Ohio State||W 41–14|
|2008||Urban Meyer||AP, Coaches, BCS||13–1||BCS National Championship Game||Oklahoma||W 24–14|
The 1984 Gators were recognized as national champions by The Sporting News, The New York Times and the Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, FACT, Matthews, and Jeff Sagarin rankings. However, they finished third in the final AP Poll and seventh in the final UPI Coaches Poll behind the BYU Cougars, who were number one in both major polls and thus considered the national champions in the pre-Bowl Alliance and BCS era. The 1985 Gators finished fifth in the final 1985 AP Poll and were recognized as national champion by one minor selector. Partially because the football program was on NCAA probation in the mid-1980s, the university has never claimed a share of the national championship for either the 1984 or 1985 season.
Florida has won a total of eight SEC championships. The Gators won their first championship with a conference record of 5–0–1 in 1984, but the title was vacated several months after the season ended by the SEC university presidents because of NCAA infractions by the Florida coaching staff under Charley Pell. The 1985 and 1990 teams also finished atop the standings with conference records of 5–1 and 6–1, respectively, but Florida was ineligible for the championship due to its NCAA probation for rule violations by previous coaching staffs. The Gators won their first official SEC football championship in 1991.
|Season||Conference||Coach||Overall Record||Conference Record|
With the addition of Arkansas and South Carolina to the Southeastern Conference in 1992, the conference split into eastern and western divisions and a game between the division winners determined the SEC champion. Florida has made twelve appearances in the SEC Championship Game (the most by any SEC school), its most recent in 2016. The Gators have won seven of the twelve SEC Championship Games in which they have appeared.
|1992†||SEC Eastern||Alabama||L 21–28|
† In 1992, Florida finished the season tied with Georgia for the SEC East; however, Florida had defeated Georgia and won the tie-breaker to represent the division in the 1992 SEC Championship Game. In 2003 Florida ended the regular season in a three-way tie for the SEC East title with Georgia and Tennessee, and in 2012 the Gators were tied with Georgia. According to the SEC's tie-breaking procedure, Georgia was selected to represent the division in the 2003 SEC Championship Game and 2012 SEC Championship Game.
Florida has appeared in 44 NCAA-sanctioned bowl games, garnering a 23–21 record. This includes a streak of 22 consecutive bowl-game appearances from 1991 through 2012, the fifth-longest in college football history. Four of their bowl games were for a National Championship, with two under the Bowl Alliance and two in the Bowl Championship Series. Florida is 3–1 in national championship games.
|1912||George E. Pyle||Bacardi Bowl†||Vedado Athletic Club||W 28–0|
|1952||Bob Woodruff||Gator Bowl||Tulsa||W 14–13|
|1958||Bob Woodruff||Gator Bowl||Mississippi||L 3–7|
|1960||Ray Graves||Gator Bowl||Baylor||W 13–12|
|1962||Ray Graves||Gator Bowl||Penn State||W 17–7|
|1965||Ray Graves||Sugar Bowl||Missouri||L 18–20|
|1966||Ray Graves||Orange Bowl||Georgia Tech||W 27–12|
|1969||Ray Graves||Gator Bowl||Tennessee||W 14–13|
|1973||Doug Dickey||Tangerine Bowl||Miami (OH)||L 7–16|
|1974||Doug Dickey||Sugar Bowl||Nebraska||L 10–13|
|1975||Doug Dickey||Gator Bowl||Maryland||L 0–13|
|1976||Doug Dickey||Sun Bowl||Texas A&M||L 14–37|
|1980||Charley Pell||Tangerine Bowl||Maryland||W 35–20|
|1981||Charley Pell||Peach Bowl||West Virginia||L 6–26|
|1982||Charley Pell||Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl||Arkansas||L 24–28|
|1983||Charley Pell||Gator Bowl||Iowa||W 14–6|
|1987||Galen Hall||Aloha Bowl||UCLA||L 16–20|
|1988||Galen Hall||All-American Bowl||Illinois||W 14–10|
|1989||Gary Darnell||Freedom Bowl||Washington||L 7–34|
|1991||Steve Spurrier||Sugar Bowl||Notre Dame||L 28–39|
|1992||Steve Spurrier||Gator Bowl||NC State||W 27–10|
|1993||Steve Spurrier||Sugar Bowl||West Virginia||W 41–7|
|1994||Steve Spurrier||Sugar Bowl||Florida State||L 17–23|
|1995||Steve Spurrier||Fiesta Bowl||Nebraska||L 24–62|
|1996||Steve Spurrier||Sugar Bowl||Florida State||W 52–20|
|1997||Steve Spurrier||Florida Citrus Bowl||Penn State||W 21–6|
|1998||Steve Spurrier||Orange Bowl||Syracuse||W 31–10|
|1999||Steve Spurrier||Florida Citrus Bowl||Michigan State||L 34–37|
|2000||Steve Spurrier||Sugar Bowl||Miami (FL)||L 20–37|
|2001||Steve Spurrier||Orange Bowl||Maryland||W 56–23|
|2002||Ron Zook||Outback Bowl||Michigan||L 30–38|
|2003||Ron Zook||Outback Bowl||Iowa||L 17–37|
|2004||Charlie Strong (interim)||Peach Bowl||Miami (FL)||L 10–27|
|2005||Urban Meyer||Outback Bowl||Iowa||W 31–24|
|2006||Urban Meyer||BCS National Championship Game||Ohio State||W 41–14|
|2007||Urban Meyer||Capital One Bowl||Michigan||L 35–41|
|2008||Urban Meyer||BCS National Championship Game||Oklahoma||W 24–14|
|2009||Urban Meyer||Sugar Bowl||Cincinnati||W 51–24|
|2010||Urban Meyer||Outback Bowl||Penn State||W 37–24|
|2011||Will Muschamp||Gator Bowl||Ohio State||W 24–17|
|2012||Will Muschamp||Sugar Bowl||Louisville||L 23–33|
|2014||D. J. Durkin (interim)||Birmingham Bowl||East Carolina||W 28–20|
|2015||Jim McElwain||Citrus Bowl||Michigan||L 7–41|
|2016||Jim McElwain||Outback Bowl||Iowa||W 30–3|
|2018||Dan Mullen||Peach Bowl||Michigan||W 41–15|
† The 1912 Bacardi Bowl held in Havana, Cuba was not sanctioned by the NCAA and was intended to be one half of a two game event which was not completed due to a dispute over the rules of the game. As such, the University of Florida Athletic Association does not include the contest in the Gators' official bowl record.
|Bowl||Record||Appearances||Last appearance||Winning %|
|BCS National Championship Game||2–0||2||2008||1.000|
Florida's season records are from the record books of the university's athletic association. Through 2018, Florida has compiled an overall record of 718 wins, 435 losses, and 37 ties (including post-season bowl games).
|Mississippi State||34||19||2||.636||Won 1||1923||2018||2025|
|Ole Miss||11||12||1||.479||Won 1||1926||2015||2020|
|South Carolina||27||9||3||.731||Won 1||1911||2018||2019|
|Texas A&M||2||2||0||.500||Lost 1||1962||2017||2022|
As of the end of the 2018 season.
|Central Florida||2||0||0||1.000||Won 2||1999||2006||N/A|
|Florida Atlantic||3||0||0||1.000||Won 3||2007||2015||N/A|
|Florida A&M||1||0||0||1.000||Won 1||2003||2003||N/A|
|Florida International||1||0||0||1.000||Won 1||2009||2009||N/A|
|Florida State||35||26||2||.571||Won 1||1958||2018||2019|
|South Florida||1||0||0||1.000||Won 1||2010||2010||2021|
Historically, Georgia has been Florida's most hated and fierce rival. Previously known as "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party," and now most commonly called the "Florida–Georgia game" by Gator fans, this rivalry often decides the SEC East and has national implications. The game is held at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, usually on the last Saturday in October or the first Saturday in November. The designated "home" team alternates, with ticket distribution split evenly between the schools.
In the rivalry's early years, games rotated among locations in Savannah, Georgia, Tampa, Florida, Jacksonville and, occasionally, Gainesville and Athens. Since 1933 the game has been played in Jacksonville, except for 1994 and 1995 (when the teams played a pair of home-and-home games at their respective stadiums).
Georgia had early success in the rivalry, winning the first six games and holding a 21–5–1 series lead before 1950. After the 2018 game Florida has won 21 out of the most-recent 29 games, and holds a 38–30–1 advantage in the series since 1950. The Bulldogs lead the series overall, 51–43–2.
Although Florida and Tennessee are charter members of the SEC, irregular conference scheduling resulted in the teams meeting infrequently for many years. Tennessee won the first ten games between 1916 and 1954, when Florida finally defeated the Volunteers. In 1969, Florida hired Tennessee head coach (and former Florida quarterback) Doug Dickey to replace the retiring Ray Graves immediately after their teams met in the Gator Bowl.
The rivalry reached a peak during the 1990s. In 1992, the SEC expanded to twelve schools and split into two divisions. Florida and Tennessee (in the Eastern Division) have met every year since, usually in mid-September for both teams' first conference game of the season. Led by coaches Steve Spurrier and Phillip Fulmer and featuring players such as Danny Wuerffel and Peyton Manning, both teams were highly ranked and the game had conference- and national-title implications. Florida and Tennessee combined to win two national championships during the decade.
Since becoming annual opponents, the Gators and Volunteers have combined to represent the Eastern Division in the SEC Championship Game fifteen times in twenty seasons. Florida had an eleven-game winning streak against Tennessee (from 2005 to 2015) and leads the series 28–20 through the 2018 season.
The University of Florida and the Florida State College for Women became co-educational in 1947. The new Florida State Seminoles football team began playing small colleges, moving up to the major-college ranks in 1955. Almost immediately, Florida State students and supporters called for the teams of Florida's two largest universities to play each other annually.
Contrary to popular belief, Florida's state legislature did not decree that Florida and Florida State should meet on the field; a bill mandating the game was rejected by the Florida Senate. Prodding by Florida governor LeRoy Collins facilitated an agreement between the two universities to begin an annual series in 1958. Due to Florida State's smaller stadium, the first six games were played at Florida Field. The series has alternated between the campuses since 1964, when Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee was expanded. Florida dominated the early series with a 16–2–1 record through 1976. Both teams have produced significant winning streaks, and the series is nearly tied over the past four decades; Florida State holds a 23–16–1 advantage. Florida leads the all-time series, 35–26–2.
The Florida–Florida State game has had national-championship implications since 1990, and both teams have entered the game with top-10 rankings thirteen times. Among these was the Sugar Bowl rematch at the end of the 1996 season, when Florida avenged its only regular-season loss and won its first national championship 52–20.
Louisiana State and Florida first met on the football field in 1937, and have been annual opponents since 1971. Since 1992, LSU has been Florida's permanent inter-divisional rival from the SEC Western Division. The winner of the Florida–LSU game went on to win the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) national championship game in the 2006, 2007, and 2008 seasons. This rivalry has been known recently for close games, with both teams highly ranked. Florida leads the all-time series, 33–29–3.
Auburn and Florida played annually from 1945 to 2002. In the overall series won-lost record, Auburn is Florida's most evenly-matched SEC opponent. Beginning in the 1980s, one team was usually highly ranked coming into the game and it had conference- and national-title implications.
The series has had several notable upsets. Auburn defeated previously-unbeaten Florida teams in 1993, 1994, 2001, 2006 and 2007, although the Gators won SEC championships in 1993, 1994 and 2006.
The annual series ended in 2002, when the SEC adjusted its football schedules so each team played one permanent and two rotating opponents from the opposite SEC division every year (instead of one rotating and two permanent teams). When Texas A&M and Missouri joined the conference in 2012, the schedule was changed again; each team played one permanent and one rotating opponent from the opposite division every year. LSU was designated as Florida's annual SEC Western Division opponent, and Florida and Auburn play two regular-season games every twelve years. Auburn leads the series, 43–38–2.
Florida and Miami formerly played each other for the Seminole War Canoe Trophy, but they canceled after the 1987 season when Florida's annual SEC schedule expanded to eight games. The teams did not play each other again until the 2001 Sugar Bowl. Florida and Miami played a home-and-home series in 2002 and 2003, and met again in the 2004 Peach Bowl. The Gators won the first leg of a home-and-home series in 2008, ending a six-game losing streak against the Hurricanes. Their 2008 victory against Miami was Florida's only victory against them in the last 30 years. The last scheduled regular-season meeting of the Gators and the Hurricanes was in Miami in 2013, where the Hurricanes won 21–16. The next scheduled matchup between the schools will open up the 2019 season on August 31 at the Camping World Kickoff in Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
Twelve people associated with Florida have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, four as head coaches and nine as players.
|Carlos Alvarez||Wide receiver||1969–71||2011|||
|Wes Chandler||Wide receiver||1974–77||2015|||
|Emmitt Smith||Running back||1987–89||2006|||
|Dale Van Sickel||End||1927–29||1975|||
|Jack Youngblood||Defensive end||1967–70||1992|||
Since Florida's first season in 1906, eighty-nine players have received one or more selections as first-team All-Americans. This includes thirty-two consensus All-Americans, of which six were unanimous. The first Florida first-team All-American was end Dale Van Sickel, a member of the 1928 team. Florida's first consensus All-American was quarterback Steve Spurrier, the winner of the Heisman Trophy for the 1966 Gators.
Since 1994, the Southeastern Conference has annually designated one former football player from each SEC member school as an "SEC Legend." Through 2017, the following Gators have been named SEC Legends:
The Fergie Ferguson Award is given in memory of one of the University of Florida's finest athletes, Forest K. Ferguson. Ferguson was an All-SEC end for Florida in 1941 and state boxing champion in 1942. Subsequently, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, he led an infantry platoon during the D-Day landings in Normandy on June 6, 1944. Ferguson helped clear the way for his troops to advance on the Axis position, and was severely wounded leading his men in the assault. A recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions, he died from war-related injuries in 1954. The award, a trophy, is given to the senior football player who most displays "leadership, character, and courage."
The Florida Football Ring of Honor, the Gator's alternative to retiring a player's number, pays homage to former players and coaches. The University of Florida Athletic Association created the Ring of Honor in 2006 to commemorate 100 years of Florida Football. Jerseys with numbers worn by Wilber Marshall, Emmitt Smith, Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel, and Jack Youngblood are displayed on the facade of the north end zone of Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium; their numbers are used by current players. In July 2018, the university announced that Tim Tebow would be inducted into the Ring of Honor during a game on October 6, 2018.
|Emmitt Smith||Running back||22||1987–89||2006|
|Steve Spurrier||Quarterback||11||1964–66 (player),
|Jack Youngblood||Defensive end||74||1967–70||2006|
To be considered for induction into the Ring of Honor, a former player or coach must be absent from the university for five seasons, be in good standing, and meet at least one of the following criteria:
A Florida Football All-Time Team was compiled by the Florida Alumnus, the official publication of the Florida alumni, in 1927.
Another University of Florida all-time team was chosen by the Miami Herald according to a fan vote in August 1983.
First Team Offense
First Team Defense
Second Team Offense
Second Team Defense
First Team Offense
Second Team Offense
The 100th-Anniversary Florida Team was selected in 2006 to celebrate a century of Florida football. Fans voted by mail and online.
The Florida football team has worn a home uniform of blue jerseys (usually a variation of royal blue) with white pants for most of the program's history. The most notable exception was a decade-long period from 1979 until 1989, when at the suggestion of coach Charlie Pell, the Gators switched to orange home jerseys. For road games, Florida wears white jerseys with blue, orange, or white pants, depending on the colors of the opponent or the choice of the players that week.
Steve Spurrier restored the home blue jerseys when he became the Gators' head ball coach in 1990. From 1990 until 2014, Florida's primary home uniforms were blue jerseys with white pants, with blue pants an option for high-profile games, especially at night. Former coach Jim McElwain usually allowed his senior players to decide which uniform combination the team wore for each game. Since this practice began during the 2015 season, the Gators have worn many different combinations of blue or orange jerseys along with blue, orange, or white pants.
Florida has occasionally worn alternative uniforms, which are usually similar to current or former uniforms and used an orange and blue color scheme. One exception were the "swamp green" uniforms used at a home game against Texas A&M in October 2017. These used a dark green theme for the entire uniform from shoes to helmet that was inspired by the appearance of actual alligators. The uniform marked the 25th anniversary of former coach Steve Spurrier introducing the Swamp nickname for Florida Field.
Florida has had a number of helmet designs, especially early in the program's history. Since the end of the leather helmet era, base colors have alternated between orange, white, and (occasionally) blue, and logos have included the “Gators” script font, an interlocking "UF", a simple "F", and the player number.
From 1979 until 2006, Florida wore orange helmets with a script "Gators" logo in all contests. To commemorate the 100th year of the football program in 2006, the Gators played one game wearing throwback uniforms modeled after their mid-1960s uniforms which included white helmets with a simple "F" logo. In 2009 the Gators participated in Nike's Pro Combat uniform campaign, wearing specially-designed blue uniforms and white helmets with a slant-F logo. These uniforms were worn for the last regular-season game against Florida State, and the white helmets were worn again the following week against Alabama in the SEC Championship Game with white jerseys and pants. Florida introduced a different white alternative helmet in 2015 which featured the script "Gators" logo on one side and the slant-F logo on the other, and in 2018 replaced the slant-F with script "Gators" on both sides. In 2017, the Gators wore "swamp green" helmets for one game. These dark green helmets featured a color-altered Gator head logo on one side and the player's number in orange on the other.
|Dan Mullen||Head Coach||2018–Present||Mississippi State|
|Todd Grantham||Defensive Coordinator||2018–Present||Mississippi State|
|John Hevesy||Co-Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line||2018–Present||Mississippi State|
|Billy Gonzales||Co-Offensive Coordinator, Wide Receivers||2018–Present||Mississippi State|
|Larry Scott||Tight Ends||2018–Present||Tennessee|
|Greg Knox||Running Backs, Special Teams||2018–Present||Mississippi State|
|David Turner||Defensive Line||2019–Present||UTSA|
|Christian Robinson||Linebackers||2018–Present||Mississippi State|
|Torrian Gray||Cornerbacks||2019–Present||Washington Redskins|
|Ron English||Safeties||2018–Present||Mississippi State|
|Nick Savage||Director of Strength & Conditioning||2018–Present||Mississippi State|
Both Gonzales (2005-2009) and Hevesy (2005-2008) coached with Mullen while he was the offensive coordinator at Florida under Urban Meyer from 2005-2009.
Christian Robinson will serve as a coordinator for the first time in his coaching career. Robinson's career as a linebacker in college concluded in 2013 when he graduated from the University of Georgia. He went on to become a graduate assistant at Ole Miss, Georgia and MSU under Mullen.
Florida has played each of the other members of the SEC Eastern Division every year since the SEC expanded to an eight game league schedule in 1992. Florida's annual conference opponents are Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Missouri, and South Carolina, usually scheduled in that order.
In addition to six games against eastern division opponents, Florida plays two games against western division opponents. Florida's permanent non-division opponent is Louisiana State (LSU), whom the Gators play annually. The other six SEC Western Division teams rotate on a six-year cycle, with the Florida playing every western division team once every six years (twice every twelve years) with alternating home and away games.
The winners of the east and west divisions meet in the SEC Championship Game, potentially creating a rematch of a regular season contest. Florida has played in 12 SEC Championship Games and have been involved in two rematches - in 1999, when they lost to Alabama in the regular season and lost again in the SEC championship, and in 2000, when they beat Auburn during the regular season and defeated them again to win the conference title.
|at LSU||vs LSU||at LSU||vs LSU||at LSU||vs LSU||at LSU|
|vs Auburn||at Ole Miss||vs Alabama||at Texas A&M||vs Arkansas||at Auburn||vs MSU|
Florida has played a continuous series against in-state rival Florida State (FSU) since 1958. While the eight game SEC slate plus the annual matchup with FSU are set years in advance, the schedule allows for two or three additional non-conference games against various opponents that are usually played in Gainesville for revenue purposes. In recent years, Florida has been also invited to participate in several season opening non-conference neutral-site games which do not count against the NCAA cap on regular season games.
Announced opponents and dates are as of March 23, 2019
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|vs. South Florida
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|vs. South Alabama
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|vs. South Florida
|vs. New Mexico State
|vs. Florida State
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The 1933 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1933 college football season. The season was Florida alumnus Dennis K. Stanley's first as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Stanley, who had been a standout end on the great 1928 Gators team, assembled an all-Florida-alumni coaching staff and led the Gators to a 5–3–1 revival following two consecutive losing seasons in 1931 and 1932.
The 1933 season was also the first for the new Southeastern Conference (SEC), and Stanley's 1933 Florida Gators finished with a 2–3 SEC record and tied for ninth among the thirteen SEC charter members.1942 Florida Gators football team
The 1942 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1942 college football season. The season was Tom Lieb's third as Florida's head coach. By the autumn of 1942, World War II had begun to affect many college football programs. Florida lost several players and most of its coaching staff to the war effort before the season, and lost several more players during the season, leading to diminishing success as the schedule progressed.
The Gators began the season 3–1 but lost their final six contests to finish with a 3–7 overall record. Their 1–3 conference record placed ninth among twelve teams in the SEC.1956 Florida Gators football team
The 1956 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. The season was the seventh for Bob Woodruff as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. The Gators were led by All-American tackle John Barrow, quarterback Jimmy Dunn, two-way halfbacks Joe Brodsky, Bernie Parrish, Jim Rountree and Jackie Simpson, and defensive back John Symank. The highlights of the season included conference road wins over the Mississippi State Maroons (26–0) in Starkville, Mississippi, the Vanderbilt Commodores 21–7 in Nashville, Tennessee, and the LSU Tigers 21–6 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a shutout homecoming victory over the Auburn Tigers (20–0), and a second consecutive win over the Georgia Bulldogs (28–0). Woodruff's 1956 Florida Gators started a promising 6–1–1, but lost their final two games to finish 6–3–1 overall and 5–2 in the Southeastern Conference, placing third in the SEC among twelve teams.1962 Florida Gators football team
The 1962 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1962 NCAA University Division football season. The season was the third of Ray Graves' ten seasons as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Graves' 1962 Florida Gators posted a 7–4 overall record and a 4–2 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), placing fifth in twelve-team SEC. The Gators won the Gator Bowl again in 1962, upsetting ninth-ranked Penn State. They wore the Confederate Battle Flag on the side of their helmets to pump up the southern team facing a favored northern school.1969 Florida Gators football team
The 1969 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1969 NCAA University Division football season. The season was the tenth, last, and arguably most successful season for Ray Graves as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Graves' 1969 Florida Gators finished their regular season with an overall record of 8–1–1 and an SEC record of 3–1–1, placing fourth among the ten SEC teams. Florida concluded the year with a Gator Bowl victory over SEC-champion Tennessee. Afterwards, Graves resigned from the head coaching position to become the university's athletic director, and was replaced by Tennessee head coach Doug Dickey.Graves' final Gators squad was led by a surprising group of second-year offensive players known as the "Super Sophs", that included quarterback John Reaves, wide receiver Carlos Alvarez and tailback Tommy Durrance.1970 Florida Gators football team
The 1970 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1970 NCAA University Division football season. The season was Florida alumnus Doug Dickey's first of nine as the new head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Dickey had been the starting quarterback for the Gators under coach Bob Woodruff in 1952 and 1953, and had previously served as the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers before returning to his alma mater in 1970. Dickey's 1970 Florida Gators finished with a 7–4 overall record and a 3–3 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), tying for third among ten SEC teams.1972 Florida Gators football team
The 1972 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1972 NCAA University Division football season. The season was the third for Doug Dickey as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Dickey's 1972 Florida Gators finished with a 5–5–1 overall record and a 3–3–1 Southeastern Conference (SEC) record, tying for sixth among ten SEC teams.1974 Florida Gators football team
The 1974 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1974 NCAA Division I football season. The season was Doug Dickey's fifth as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Dickey's 1974 Florida Gators finished with an 8–4 overall record and a 3–3 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), tying for fourth among ten SEC teams.Powered by a strong backfield that included Tony Green and Jimmy DuBose, Dickey employed the wishbone offense for the first season in the Gators' history.1982 Florida Gators football team
The 1982 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was the fourth for Charley Pell as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Pell's 1982 Florida Gators posted an 8–4 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 3–3, tying for sixth place in the ten-team SEC.1983 Florida Gators football team
The 1983 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season.. The season was Charley Pell's fifth as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Pell's Gators posted a 9–2–1 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 4–2, placing third among ten SEC teams. Behind a stout defense and a rushing attack led by future pros Neal Anderson, John L. Williams, and Lorenzo Hampton the 1983 Gators were the first squad in program history to be ranked among the top ten teams in the final Associated Press (AP) poll. It was also the second time that the Gators were ranked in every weekly AP Poll throughout the season, (1975 being the first).1984 Florida Gators football team
The 1984 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was Charley Pell's sixth and last as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Pell resigned after the third game of the season due to numerous NCAA violations committed by him and his staff over the previous few years. New offensive coordinator Galen Hall served as interim coach for the remainder of the season. After the Gators began the season as a 1–1–1 team under Pell, Hall's 1984 Florida Gators posted a 9–1–1 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 5–0–1 (8–0 and 4–0, respectively, under Hall), finishing first among ten SEC teams, and won their first-ever SEC title. Before then, the Gators had been one of only two charter SEC members (the other being Vanderbilt) to have never won the conference title. The Gators finished third in the Associated Press Poll and seventh in the Coaches Poll, and were also named national champions by twenty-two publications including The New York Times and The Sporting News.1985 Florida Gators football team
The 1985 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was the second for Galen Hall as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team, having coached the 1984 Gators' final eight games as their interim coach. Because of NCAA probation terms handed down the previous year, Hall's 1985 Florida Gators were ineligible to win the Southeastern Conference (SEC) title, receive a bowl bid, or appear on live television.1991 Florida Gators football team
The 1991 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was Steve Spurrier's second as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. The Gators were led by quarterback Shane Matthews and first-team All-American defensive tackle Brad Culpepper.Spurrier's 1991 Florida Gators compiled the first-ever ten-win season in program history, an overall record of 10–2 and a perfect SEC record of 7–0.1992 Florida Gators football team
The 1992 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1992 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was Steve Spurrier's third as the Florida Gators football team's head coach, and the wins were harder to come by as the star-studded senior classes from 1990 and 1991 had graduated. The Gators racked up six tough Southeastern Conference (SEC) wins over the Kentucky Wildcats (35–19), LSU Tigers (28–21), Auburn Tigers (24–9), seventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (26–24), South Carolina Gamecocks (14–9), and Vanderbilt Commodores (41–21). They also suffered two crushing SEC losses to the fourteenth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers (14–31) in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the twenty-fourth-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (6–30) on a Thursday night in Starkville, Mississippi.
The Gators' non-conference schedule included a homecoming victory over the Louisville Cardinals (31–17), and another surprisingly difficult win over Southern Miss Golden Eagles (24–20). They closed their regular season with a road loss to the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles (24–45) in Tallahassee.
The Gators finished their SEC schedule with a 6–2 conference record, placing first among the six teams of the new SEC Eastern Division and earning a berth in the first-ever SEC Championship Game in Birmingham, Alabama. Spurrier's scrappy young Gators, however, fell short against the SEC Western Division champion, the second-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (21–28). The Crimson Tide later defeated the Miami Hurricanes in the Sugar Bowl to win the 1992 national championship.
Spurrier's 1992 Florida Gators posted a 9–4 overall record, concluding their season with a victory over the twelfth-ranked NC State Wolfpack (27–10) in the Gator Bowl, and ranking tenth in the final AP Poll.1994 Florida Gators football team
The 1994 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was Steve Spurrier's fifth as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Spurrier's 1994 Florida Gators posted an overall record of 10–2–1 and a 6–1 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), placing first among the six SEC Eastern Division teams and winning the SEC championship.1997 Florida Gators football team
The 1997 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was the eighth for Steve Spurrier as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Spurrier's 1997 Florida Gators finished with a 10–2 overall record and a 6–2 record in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), tying for second place among the six SEC Eastern Division teams.1999 Florida Gators football team
The 1999 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was Steve Spurrier's tenth as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. The Gators returned to the SEC Championship Game after a two-year hiatus, but did not bring home another SEC Championship trophy. After losing the SEC Championship Game 34–7 to the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Gators ended their season with a last-second 37–34 loss to the Michigan State Spartans in the Citrus Bowl. Spurrier's 1999 Florida Gators posted a 9–4 overall record and a 7–1 record in the Southeastern Conference, placing first among the six SEC Eastern Division teams.2000 Florida Gators football team
The 2000 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Gators competed in Division I-A of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and played their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. They were coached by Steve Spurrier, who led the Gators to their sixth SEC championship, a Sugar Bowl berth, and an overall win-loss record of 10–3 (.769). The season was the team's eleventh of twelve under Spurrier.2012 Florida Gators football team
The 2012 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2012 college football season. The Gators competed in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and played their home games at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. The 2012 season was the Gators' second under head coach Will Muschamp. They finished the season with 11–2 overall, 7–1 SEC. The team was invited to the 2013 Sugar Bowl, where they lost to the Louisville Cardinals, 33–23.
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