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Welcome to Jerry World: Gators set to play in 2017 Cowboys Classic

GAINESVILLE -- For the first time since George H.W. Bush was President, the Gators will play a non-conference game outside the state of Florida.  

UF will kickoff its 2017 football season in primetime against Michigan at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the school announced Thursday.

The Cowboys Classic is scheduled for Sept. 2.

“You don't get these opportunities very often,”' UF athletic director Jeremy Foley said. “Our schedule has been pretty consistent through the years. We were presented this opportunity and just thought it was something that our fans would embrace, our program would embrace.”

The Big Ten-SEC matchup will be the Gators' first non-conference game outside the state of Florida since losing at Syracuse (38-21) in 1991, but Foley called the marquee non-conference game "the exception, not the rule." 

"I think when you are presented with unique opportunities you need to look at it for your fans' sake, for your program's sake,'' he said. "It's something we will not do on a consistent basis because we like playing seven home games. Seven home games are obviously important to our program, important to the city of Gainesville. It will be very much the exception, not the rule, but to sit here and totally close the door on these opportunities just doesn't make sense." 

UF and Michigan have met twice -- 2003 Outback Bowl, 2008 Capital One Bowl -- both wins by the Wolverines. 

Each school will receive 25,000 tickets for the neutral-site game. According to the Michigan release, Florida will serve as the home team, while the officials will come from the Big 12 conference. 

According to David Jones of The Florida Today, the Gators will receive a $6 million payout for participating in the Cowboys Classic.  

AT&T Stadium, originally Cowboys Stadium, opened in 2009 and hosted Super Bowl XLV. The $1.2 billion stadium can seat over 100,000 (with expanded standing-room only tickets) and is scheudled to host the 2014 NCAA Men's Final Four and the first college football national championship under the new playoff format in 2015.

“This is a great opportunity to expose the University of Florida nationally, playing one of the greatest programs in the history of college football, I think a tremendous trip for our fans,” Foley said. “We just haven't done much of this, certainly as long as I've been athletic director. I think there are a lot of positives that come out of it.”

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“You don't get these opportunities very often,”' UF athletic director Jeremy Foley said. “Our schedule has been pretty consistent through the years. We were presented this opportunity and just thought it was something that our fans would embrace, our program would embrace.”

What a load of garbage. Not very often? Errrrr, buck-toothed varmint, check the rest of your SEC bretheren. They have been travelling for OOC games for decades. But for your cowardice and failure, you would too.

Fan and program would embrace? Errrr, more like no one buys the "it's SEC it must be tough" nonsense anymore. UFraud and UTennessee is not tough when Tennesse fields its worst team in a decade full of awful teams. Ditto for the perennially awful UK and soon to be (again) Vandy and the Missy's.

Welcome to the new world, maggots. No more hiding behind your "tough" game against an Arkansas team that loses to Rutgers.

Don't blame me. Those are facts talking, trailer donkeys.

"If we can get a kicker by 2017, we should beat Michigan."

/s/

lil' jlo.

Hey Jim Gallo, how are you buddy? How's life? How's the fam?

Yo, Suckyo, whadddup, homeboy. Just chillin' with my ignorance...you know how that goes. Erng n' blue baby.

Both of these coaches will be fired by then...maybe even twice

Why would they open with a real game when after all these years of ducking real ooc teams. Oh....they dont want to lose to georgia southern again. That game is their scapevoat. If you are gonna lose, might as well be to a real team on the road.

Why would they open with a real game when after all these years of ducking real ooc teams. Oh....they dont want to lose to georgia southern again. That game is their scapevoat. If you are gonna lose, might as well be to a real team on the road.

we suck...and the SEC can't compete

There's nothing funnier than cane fans talking about weak schedules. Please show me one year when the canes played a tougher schedule than the gators. Please just 1 is all I'm asking for. It's almost as funny as a bunch of community college superstars making fun of a diploma from UF! You guys are a joke!

Florida's schedule come 2017 should be crazy tough: potentially nine conference games, neutral site date with Michigan and (likely) home against FSU.

Jesse, problem is Foley will pull out of any game if he can, he has been avoiding Miami for years.

Florida isnt backing out of this game. Unlike bowl money, Florida gets all $6 mil (reported number) to play. That's a lot of cash.

In related news, 16 UFraud Gatr Trash were arrested, 13 of them football players for felonies.
Just another day in the cesspool that is Trailerville.
Posted by: Jim Gallo | December 19, 2013 at 04:29 PM

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Damn Gallo went HAM on u inbreds

There's nothing funnier than cane fans talking about weak schedules. Please show me one year when the canes played a tougher schedule than the gators. Please just 1 is all I'm asking for. It's almost as funny as a bunch of community college superstars making fun of a diploma from UF! You guys are a joke!
Posted by: GatorAlum | December 19, 2013 at 06:32 PM

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Yet Ga Southern went hard in the paint on us...we couldn't tackle their shadows much less the actual opponent. Just stop it with the silly delusional cane talk, you are making us look bad.

Jesse, UF plays a tough schedule every year, the 2017 one may be crazy tough but that is the norm.
GatorAlum the Morons cannot come up with the example you ask for, all their talk is empty.

These Miami Idiots are a reflection of what they post, total crap, lies and make belief.

We are starting to straighten the ship with a new special teams coach and new director of player personnel on board.
It's always great to be a Florida Gator

Why isn't the U opening next year against LSU? I think I smell a chicken.

Smgator...because they wanted a neutral site that favored them just like the rest of the sec. UM tried to talk them into a home and home but they wouldnt do it. U do smell chicken but its coming from Louisiana.

Love that tough schedule crap jlo...ga south ,toledo,rajun cajuns,bowling green,vandy,tenn,two Mississippi teams,arky,kentucky,? Really?? What a croc...no pun intended even though your school put a crocodile on the cover of their brochures. Noones buying it.

Jlo, you nailed it, the special teams coach and the kicker will win it all for uf, bawahhhhaaa. At least Michigan knows they have an automatic win going into the 2017 season.

It's not funny when canes start talking about schedules, it's just stupid of them. When they consistently have one of the easier schedules in the nation and still are average whereas the Gators consistently have one of the toughest and are the winningest team in the country since 1990. It just makes them looks tupid for btinging up an argument that you cannot win.

TeamRankings.com has UF as the 5th most difficult schedule in 2013. UM as #53. UM's opponents went 68-75 while UF's opponents went 91-52.

So, go ahead, canes, keep talking, but the facts show the UF plays by far the more difficult schedule year in and year out.

And now the canes try and rewrite history...when LSU first proposed the game with UM, the board was ful of excuses "we won't be ready yet", we'll be breaking in a new QB", "too close to baton Rouge", etc, etc. But now, it's UM wanted a home and home. Really? Never heard this before, did UM tell anybody or was it a secret?

All Canes Blog: The idea was introduced and Miami decided that opening the season on the road against an SEC power made no sense.

I'm sure it would make sense if they thought they had a chance to win.

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