The Florida Gators and the Utah Utes have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2022 and 2023, both schools announced on Friday.
News of the Florida-Utah series was first reported earlier this week by Pat Dooley of GatorSports.com.
The series will begin with Florida hosting Utah at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., in 2022. The Gators will then travel to take on the Utes to conclude the series at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2023.
“A series with the University of Florida is an exciting opportunity for our student-athletes, coaches and fans and we are thrilled to schedule another prominent opponent,” said Utah Director of Athletics Mark Harlan.
In their first and only meeting on the gridiron back in 1977, Florida scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Utah 38-29 in Gainesville.
The addition of Utah gives the Florida Gators three non-conference games for both the 2022 and 2023 seasons. Florida is scheduled to host the USF Bulls on Sept. 17 and play at the Florida State Seminoles on Nov. 26 in 2022.
In 2023, the Gators will host both the Charlotte 49ers on Sept. 23 and the Florida State Seminoles on Nov. 25.
In order to schedule the series with Florida, Utah announced a postponement and extension of the BYU series. The Utes and Cougars will not play in 2022 and 2023 and have also extended their series and will now play in each season from 2025 through 2028. The two in-state rivals are also scheduled to meet in 2020 and 2021.