Aug. 31, vs. Toledo, 12:21 p.m., SEC Sept. 7, at Miami, Noon, ESPN Sept. 21, vs. Tennessee, TBA Sept. 28, at Kentucky, TBA Oct. 5, vs. Arkansas, TBA Oct. 12, at LSU, TBA Oct. 19, at Missouri, TBA Nov. 2, vs. Georgia*, 3:30 p.m., CBS Nov. 9, vs. Vanderbilt, TBA Nov. 16, at South Carolina, TBA Nov. 23, vs. Georgia Southern, TBA Nov. 30, vs. Florida State, TBA * — at Jacksonville
GAINESVILLE — Only in the Southeastern Conference would the Twitter world, talk radio and sports blogs explode on a Wednesday afternoon in late summer over the football schedule ... a year from now.
The league’s 2014 slate came out, with few real surprises for Florida. The Gators must travel to Alabama on Sept. 20, which hasn’t been good news in recent years. The last time Florida won in Tuscaloosa was in 1998 against an unranked Crimson Tide. The last two visits (2010 and 2005) were 31-3 Tide victories.
The SEC’s 2014 league schedule includes eight games for all 14 teams. The schedule uses a 6-1-1 format that includes six games against all division opponents, one permanent nondivisional opponent and one rotating nondivisional opponent.
Since UF beat Alabama in the 2008 SEC title game en route to its third national title, the Gators have been outscored 101-26 in three meetings with the Crimson Tide.
Florida’s nonconference schedule, aside from the regular season finale at Florida State in 2014, includes Idaho (1-11 in 2012), Eastern Michigan (a 41-10 loser in its only visit to Gainesville in 2004) and Eastern Kentucky (where UF coach Will Muschamp was an assistant in 1999).
South Carolina will host Texas A&M in 2014 in the first SEC football game to be televised on the Southeastern Conference Network.
The SEC Network is scheduled to debut on Aug. 21, 2014, and will have one week on air to prepare for the South Carolina-Texas A&M showdown on Aug. 28.
There are 14 weekends in the 2014 season, giving each team 12 games and two off weeks. There is at least one conference game during all 14 weeks.
The league’s championship game will be played at the Georgia Dome for the 23rd consecutive year on Dec. 6, 2014.