GAINESIVLLE -- Florida drew the short straw when the 2014 Southeastern Conference schedule was released Wednesday.
The Gators must travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to play the Crimson Tide, back-to-back BCS National Champions, on Sept. 20.
Defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin was unaware of Florida’s brutal slate next season, saying, “I’m ready for the Toledo Rockets coming into town here in a couple of days. We take them one at a time.”
Florida hosts LSU, its permanent cross-division rival, on Oct. 11, while travelling to Tennessee (Oct. 4) and Vanderbilt (Nov. 8). The Gators have two bye-weeks next season, one before the UT contest and another before their annual game in Jacksonville with Georgia (Nov. 1).
UF opens league play hosting Kentucky on Sept. 13.
The Gators’ non-conference opponents are Idaho, Eastern Michigan, Eastern Kentucky and Florida State.
The full schedule:
Aug. 30: Idaho
Sept. 6: Eastern Michigan
Sep. 13: Kentucky
Sept. 20: at Alabama
Sept. 27: BYE
Oct. 4: at Tennessee
Oct. 11: LSU
Oct. 18: Missouri
Oct. 25: BYE
Nov. 1: Georgia (in Jacksonville)
Nov. 8: at Vanderbilt
Nov. 22: Eastern Kentucky
Nov. 29: at Florida State
Playing at Alabama is rough, but I think Florida’s slate this season might be more difficult overall with road games at Miami, LSU, South Carolina and Missouri.
What say you?
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