An official date has been set for the Florida Gators at Utah Utes football game in 2023, both schools have announced.
Florida and Utah were scheduled to meet on either Thursday, Aug. 31 or Saturday, Sept. 2. The date is now officially set for Thursday, Aug. 31 and the two schools will square off at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The 2023 Florida-Utah game is the second and final game of a home-and-home series that kicked off last season at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. The Gators defeated the Utes in that contest, 29-26, and now holds a 2-0 advantage in the overall series.
In their first meeting on the gridiron in 1977, the Gators defeated the Utes 36-29 in Gainesville.
After opening at Utah, Florida returns home to host the McNeese Cowboys on Saturday, Sept. 9. Home games against the Charlotte 49ers on Saturday, Sept. 23 and the in-state rival Florida State Seminoles on Saturday, Nov. 25 round out the non-conference slate for the Gators.
In addition to Florida, Utah’s 2023 non-conference schedule includes a road game against the Baylor Bears on Saturday, Sept. 9 and a home matchup with the Weber State Wildcats on Saturday, Sept. 16.
Moving game up to Thursday – Florida needs more time to recuperate after flying back to Florida. Mark Richt said it was too hard on coaches and players flying back to the East coast landing at 9-10 AM on Sunday after playing in the Mt / Pacific time zone. Now we know why Eastern teams rarely travel to the West Coast for non-conference games.
I dunno, Stan. Notre Dame, which is on eastern time, travels to California every year to play either Stanford or USC.
@Dave: The away games at USC and Stanford are always the season finale for ND. No games to prepare for when they get back to South Bend,
Be interesting to see if ND gets to keep that @USC season finale when USC joins the B1G.
Wow I’m shocked that the SEC is playing non-conference games west of the Mississippi River
While I am not a fan of the SEC, and the conference teams could definitely improve their non-conference schedules, I disagree with your assessment of not playing west of the Mississippi.
Auburn AT USC ‘02, K-State ‘14, Cal ‘23
Georgia AT Az St ‘08, Ok St ‘09, Colorado ‘10
LSU AT Wash ‘09, UCLA ‘21
Miss AT Fresno’11, Cal ‘17
Miss St AT Ok St ‘13, BYU ‘16, K-State ‘18, Arizona ‘22
Tennessee AT Cal ‘07, UCLA ‘08, Oregon ‘13, Oklahoma ‘14
But shocking to see Gators on the road, YES! First non-conference away game since at Syracuse 1991 (Yikes!)
It was an exaggeration.
Jim J & Dave….Stanford & USC alternate years going to South Bend in the middle of October. They usually play the next week on the W Coast. Never heard of any complaints from them on how difficult it is to play the next week.
Stan (I am presuming you are the same Stan who posted first), you are exactly right about this. Plus teams have bye weeks, games against FCS teams, etc. If you want to do it, it can be done.