After years of hostility between the two programs, it appears that Florida and Central Florida will finally agree to a football series.
The Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi was the first to report the story.
— Mike Bianchi (@BianchiWrites) July 14, 2021
Bianchi shares that the series is a two for one series meaning that Florida will host two games and travel to The Bounce House for one, something that was fought hard by the previous athletic director at UCF.
The Gators are expected to host in 2024 and 2033 and will travel to Orlando in 2030.
Shortly after the Knights’ undefeated season in 2017, then AD Danny White sought a series with Florida, but felt that anything but a 1-1 series was unfair to his program. Talks between the programs broke down ever since. Former Knights QB (and current FSU QB) McKenzie Milton even stated, “We’re the better program,” while scoffing at the notion of playing a two for one series against the Gators.
Earlier this year, White took the AD position at Tennessee and UCF hired Terry Mohajir, who immediately opened the conversation with Scott Stricklin.
Note: Tennessee has not offered UCF a 1-1 series.
The two programs have met on the football field twice, with the Gators handily winning both games. The last meeting was in 2006, a 42-0 UF victory.