Florida Gators football schedule 2025: SEC flips 2024 slate with Texas, Texas A&M among eight games

By OnlyGators.com Staff
March 20, 2024
Florida Gators football schedule 2025: SEC flips 2024 slate with Texas, Texas A&M among eight games

One year after the Florida Gators play college football’s toughest regular-season schedule of the modern era — a slate some are referring to as among the toughest in history — the program will … play the exact same SEC teams in 2025. The conference announced Wednesday that it will not only continue an eight-game league season in 2025 but rehash the same schedules from 2024 only flipping the home-and-away alignments.

Florida will host Mississippi State, Tennessee and Texas; visit Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss and Texas A&M; and battle Georgia at their annual neutral-site showdown in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Gators will also continue home-and-home series with Florida State and Miami, though they trade UCF and Samford in nonconference play for South Florida and Florida A&M.

When the SEC set its 2024 schedule, it did so with the idea that no school would travel to the same location it visited in 2023. The league also insisted that opponents were determined based on a combination of retaining traditional opponents and finding schedule balance, saying fans should not expect return matchups or a complete flip of opponents in 2025.

So much for that.

The strength of schedule formula used for the 2024 schedule had the SEC calculating conference winning percentage since 2012 and dividing opponents evenly with four (two home, two away) ranking among the top eight winning percentages and four (two home, two away) ranking among the bottom eight.

That formula was flawed from the start, of course, because teams can and do change drastically over a decade-long period. The SEC chose not to revisit this strategy let alone adjust the data to account for another season. Seemingly, the idea of parity did not come into play when building the 2025 schedule.

Unlike 2024, when Florida will play Power Four opponents in 11 of its 12 games, it will do so across 10 of 12 games in 2025. Surely, head coach Billy Napier is breathing a sigh of relief. 🙄


  • Texas: Consecutive meetings after not having played since 1940
  • Georgia: Neutral-site game
  • Mississippi State: First meeting in Gainesville since 2010
  • Tennessee: Gators have won 17 of last 19 meetings, series continues back to 1976


  • Kentucky: Wildcats have won four of last six meetings, series continues back to 1967
  • LSU: Tigers have won nine of last 11 meetings, series continues back to 1971
  • Ole Miss: First meeting in Oxford since 2020
  • Texas A&M: Fourth meeting in College Station since TAMU joined the league in 2012


  • Whereas UF will play its fourth game at TAMU since 2012, Georgia has never traveled there once since the Aggies joined the conference
  • Florida will not play the following teams in consecutive seasons (last year not played before 2024): Vanderbilt (1988), South Carolina (1992) or Missouri (2012). All three are traditional SEC East opponents generally considered the three “easiest” in the old division.
  • The UF-LSU series continues in 2025 despite the Tigers trying to get out of it for years.
  • The Gators are again playing two teams each from Texas and Mississippi.
  • With Auburn once again not scheduled, the teams will have only played twice in an 18-year span and counting by the time the 2025 season concludes.

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