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For the first time since the series began in 1958, the Florida Gators’ annual showdown with their rivals from Tallahassee won’t be played the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Instead, the two teams will kick off on Black Friday, according to The Tallahassee Democrat’s Jim Henry.

The expectation is that the game will be aired on either ABC or ESPN in primetime.

Florida owns a 33-26-2 advantage in the series and have won three straight. The Gators will have a new head coach roaming the sidelines as Billy Napier looks to make his mark in his first season at UF.

Despite all regular season meetings being played the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the two programs have met in the Sugar Bowl twice (once on a Thursday and once on a Monday) as well.

The Gators will take on the Seminoles on Friday, November 25, 2022.

Florida opens the season against Utah on September 3.

Additionally, Florida announced the date of it’s annual spring game, April 16 on Monday, as well.

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