Entering the month of June means the Dan Mullen era of Florida Gator football is less than three months away. As always, Florida will play a tough SEC schedule and end the regular season with the annual in-state battle against Florida State.
When you look at the Gators’ schedule in 2018, it is interesting to note, that on a week-by-week basis, history will either be for Florida, or against it.
Here are games in which history is on the side of the orange and blue:
September 1 vs. Charleston Southern
The Gators haven’t lost a home opener in almost three decades. The last time Florida suffered such a defeat was all the way back on September 9, 1989 when Ole Miss came into Gainesville and won 24-19.
So, needless to say, Charleston Southern will be battling history here. Florida has not just won every home-opener since 1990, it has dominated and this game against Charleston Southern should be no different.
September 8 vs. Kentucky
Since 1987 there have been three certainties in life: death, taxes and Florida beating Kentucky.
It has been 32 years since the Wildcats tasted victory over the Gators on the gridiron, or to put it in more context, Kentucky hasn’t beaten Florida since Ronald Reagan was president.
However, three of the last four meetings in this series have come down to the wire, so Kentucky has closed the gap; we will see in September if Florida can keep this 32-year-old streak alive.
September 22 at Tennessee
Much like the series with Kentucky, the Florida-Tennessee rivalry has been all Florida for many years. Florida has beaten Tennessee in 12 of the last 13 contests and going back even further, Florida has knocked off Tennessee in 21 of their 28 meetings since 1990.
Florida did suffer defeat the last time they were at Neyland Stadium back in 2016 and this will be a huge game for both Mullen in Gainesville and Jeremy Pruitt in Knoxville as they both begin their tenures in this SEC East rivalry.
October 13 at Vanderbilt
Florida has defeated Vanderbilt in 25 of the last 26 contests. In fact, Vanderbilt has only beaten the Gators 10 times in 51 tries all-time.
Much like the Kentucky series with Florida, this series has gotten closer over the years. Florida keeps winning, but the games have been much more contested recently than in years past.
October 27 vs Georgia (in Jacksonville)
Clearly, when you beat a team 21 times in the past 28 years’ history is on your side. However, that may be the only advantage on Florida’s side come late October.
Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs enter 2018 as the overwhelming favorite in the SEC East and the Bulldogs absolutely dismantled Florida at the “Cocktail Party” in 2017.
Florida will have history on its side, Georgia should have the present on its.
Here are the games in which Florida does not have history on their side:
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