Florida football is on the hunt for a bounce-back season after an underwhelming 6-7 record last season, including losses to LSU, FSU, and Georgia.
And while the program is headed in the right direction, the road they need to travel is anything but easy.
Playing in the SEC rarely brings an easy calendar, but this season the Gators have a steeper mountain to climb than usual.
On3 ranked the hardest schedules in the nation, and Florida’s came in as the third most difficult in the country.
They were only behind Ole Miss at 1 and Minnesota at 2.
It’s not really a shock to see the Gators this high on this list. Going through the schedule isn’t a very fun activity for Florida fans.
Starting the year off on the road against Utah is not fun. Especially given that the Utes will be out for revenge for the Gators’ win last season.
After they get back from Salt Lake City, they only get one week before they welcome Tennessee into The Swamp, for what should be an electric game.
After a few weeks of lighter opponents, the Gators then go on a three-week stretch of UGA, Arkansas at home, and the on the road at LSU.
That’s the good ol’ take one and be happy, take two and be thrilled.
And obviously, the Gators host an FSU team that has a lot of expectations heading into the season and is trying to restore dominance in the state.
So no, the Gators do not have an easy path next year. But rather than look at it like a death sentence, the Gators should look at it like an opportunity.
People are sleeping on UF, so come out and pop Utah in week one.
People have Florida near the bottom of the SEC, let’s go take out Tennessee and LSU.
And people don’t think the state runs through Gainesville, well let’s go remind FSU who’s really on top.
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