History shows Gators could be in for a difficult 2018 season

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September 29 at Mississippi State

Florida rarely travels to Starkville which is a good thing because the Gators track record there is awful. Going back to 1986, Florida has lost four of its five visits to Mississippi State, including memorable defeats.

Ever wonder why Florida no longer plays Thursday night games? That 30-6 loss in Starkville on October 1, 1992 is your answer.

Florida lost in Starkville again in 2004, that loss proved to be the final straw for Ron Zook, who was fired the next day.

Starkville has created bad memories for the Gators and with Mullen making his return to his former home you can bet the Mississippi State fans will be all sorts of fired up for that one.

October 6 vs. LSU

The Florida-LSU series over the years has been back-and-fourth. Recent history, however, has tilted this series into LSU’s favor.

The Tigers have beaten Florida in 10 of the past 16 meetings dating back to 2002, including a hard fought 17-16 win in Gainesville last year. LSU used that win to propel it to a 6-2 finish down the stretch.

Florida will look to re-establish home field advantage in this series because the Tigers have won three of the last four times they have entered The Swamp.

November 3 vs. Missouri

Believe it or not, Missouri actually holds a 4-3 all-time series lead over the Gators.

Florida and Missouri have split their six meetings since Missouri entered the SEC in 2012.

Missouri comes off a 45-16 demolishing of Florida last season. It was the first game Florida played after the program fired Jim McElwain as head coach.

November 10 vs. South Carolina

South Carolina has won just nine meetings with Florida in 38 games in series history, but that doesn’t tell the recent story. The Gamecocks have beaten Florida in five of their last eight meetings dating back to 2010, including a 28-20 South Carolina victory last season.

Florida fans may not want to admit it, but former Gators head coach Will Muschamp has done a nice job in his tenure in Columbia and a second straight win for South Carolina would raise a lot of eyebrows in Gainesville.

November 24 at Florida State

Florida State has dominated this series over the past eight years. The Seminoles have beaten Florida seven of the past eight meetings and have won those seven games by an average of almost 19 points per contest.

The game being in Tallahassee will also not do Florida any favors. FSU has beaten the Gators in three of the last four games in Doak Campbell Stadium.

Both Mullen and first-year Florida State head coach Willie Taggert will look to get off to a good start in this in-state rivalry and based on history, the upper hand would have to go to Florida State.

Not listed here are two home games for the Gators this season, September 15th against Colorado State and November 17th against Idaho.

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