Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  By SCOTT CARTER  |  Last updated 8/21/13
GAINESVILLE,Fla. -- The Gators will open the 2014 football season with threeconsecutive home games the way they did in Will Muschamp's first season twoyears ago.However,instead of playing their first road game at Kentucky like in 2011, Florida's firstaway game next season will be at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.TheSEC released its 2014 football schedule Wednesday and one of the highlights isthe renewal of the Florida-Alabama rivalry.Floridacoach Will Muschamp and his former boss, Alabama coach Nick Saban, will meetfor the second time as head coaches on Sept. 20. The two programs have combinedto win five of the last seven national championships.Floridawon the national title in 2006 and 2008, and Alabama has won three of the lastfour national titles, including two in a row.TheGators open the 2014 season at home against Idaho on Aug. 30 in the firstmeeting between the schools. Idaho is set to join the Sun Belt Conference nextseason after playing as an independent this season.Floridathen welcomes Eastern Michigan to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Sept. 6 beforeopening SEC play against Kentucky at home on Sept. 13 to cap a three-gamehomestand to open the season. The Gators play at Miami in the second game ofthe 2013 season and traveled to Texas A&M in the second game of lastseason.Thegame against Kentucky kicks off a stretch of eight consecutive conference gamesuntil Eastern Kentucky visits The Swamp on Nov. 22 in the Gators' home finale.TheSEC is currently reviewing its football scheduling format with the addition ofTexas A&M and Missouri to the conference in 2013.AtSEC Media Days last month, conference commissioner Mike Slive said the currentformat is set for at least the next two seasons."Theend result was a decision to commit the conference to a review of ourscheduling format in anticipation of the 2016 season,'' Slive said. "Thisreview will include whether or not to play an eight- or nine-game conferenceschedule and whether or not to retain permanent non-divisional opponents.Inthe meantime, until that review is complete, we will continue to schedule basedon the current 6-1-1 format pending the results of that review."Underthe 6-1-1 format, each team plays six games against teams in its own division,one permanent cross-divisional game, and one rotating cross-divisional game. TheGators continue to face LSU as their cross-divisional game and drew Alabama for2014 as their SEC West rotating opponent.Hereis a look at Florida's 2014 schedule (starting times to be determined unlessnoted):Aug.30:Idaho, TBASept.6:Eastern Michigan, TBASept.13:Kentucky, TBASept.20:at Alabama, TBASept.27:Bye weekOct.4:at Tennessee, TBAOct.11:LSU, TBAOct.18:Missouri, TBAOct.25:Bye weekNov.1:Georgia, TBA (in Jacksonville)Nov.8:at Vanderbilt, TBANov.15:South Carolina, TBANov.22:Eastern Kentucky, TBANov.29:at Florida State, TBA
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