The Florida Gators will face a familiar foe on September 4, 2021, when Lane Kiffin and the FAU Owls take a visit to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The Florida Atlantic athletic association announced the newly scheduled game today, moving a matchup with Fordham and canceling a series with Central Michigan to pencil-in the Gators.
UF and FAU last played in 2015 in Gainesville, a contest that ended as an unlikely overtime thriller and a 20-14 Florida victory. However, Kiffin last faced the Gators in the 2016 SEC Championship as offensive coordinator of Alabama.
Kiffin will make his return to SEC competition for the first time since serving as Nick Saban’s offensive play caller. He coached for three seasons at Alabama (2014-16, for four seasons as head coach of Southern California (2010-13) and for one season as head coach of Tennessee (2009) before being hired by the Owls in Dec. 2016.
Kiffin is 17-12 as FAU’s head coach, going 11-3 and winning the Conference USA championship in his first season. However, he is 6-9 since that time.
Florida Atlantic started the 2019 campaign going 1-2; however both losses came to ranked opponents. The Owls fell to No. 6 Ohio State (45-21) in Week 1 and lost to No. 15 UCF (48-14) a week later. They bounced back last week with a 41-31 away win over Ball State.
Mark Stine is a contributing writer for Chomp Talk. Follow him on Twitter @mstinejr.