The Opening Kickoff: Gators vs. South Carolina

Florida Notes | South Carolina Notes | 2020 Football Game Days at UF

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Gators will play their first game as the nation’s third-ranked team on Saturday when South Carolina visits the Swamp in the 2020 home opener.

Following Florida’s 51-35 win last week at Ole Miss, the Gators jumped two spots in the AP Top 25 to reach No. 3 for the first time since the 2012 season. Funny how the stars align sometimes. When the Gators climbed to No. 3 in 2012, their head coach was Will Muschamp and they played South Carolina at home. The Gamecocks coach that day was Steve Spurrier, who left with a 44-11 loss.

Fast forward eight years and Dan Mullen is in his third season as Florida’s head coach, Muschamp is in his fifth as South Carolina’s head coach, and Spurrier is in his fifth year as official ambassador of Gators Athletics and has his name attached to Florida Field. If they were to hang out Friday night they definitely could tell some tales.

Gators head coach Dan Mullen and South Carolina’s Will Muschamp chat before the 2018 game at the Swamp. (Photo: Jay Metz/UAA Communications)
While the Gators are coming off an

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