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Florida AD Admits Scheduling UCF May Have Been a Mistake

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According to 247Sports, the Florida Gators have the hardest schedule in all of college football next season, due to matchups with Miami, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, and LSU.

With those tough opponents, comes a perfect opportunity for Florida to make a national statement after going 5-7, and not playing in a bowl game in 2023 for the first time since 2017.

 

With the College Football Playoff being expanded to 12 teams, the Gators will have a chance to make a significant jump this upcoming season, since they will be facing some of the best teams in the nation.

However, On3’s Jesse Simonton reported that Florida’s Director of Athletics, Scott Stricklin acknowledged that its upcoming game with Central Florida may not have been scheduled if it was known they would be competing in the Big 12 Conference at the time the game was put in place.

Stricklin said, “They [UCF] weren’t in the Big 12 when we made the schedule, so that’s one we might’ve handled differently.”

Simonton also reported that Stricklin is not worried about the strength of schedule for UF, as he said “It’s about the Gators. And if the Gators are being the Gators we’re going to be alright,” via X.

 

If the Gators can rack up some wins against several Top 10 opponents, the team can make a serious case for the College Football Playoff. The margin for error is small, and quarterback Graham Mertz will be under helm once again to lead the way for Florida.

For UCF, it’s a no-lose situation to travel to Gainesville and take on the Gators. UCF opens up the season against New Hampshire and Sam Houston State, before Big 12 play begins against TCU and Colorado, prior to the UF game on Saturday, October 5th.

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