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Reports: Utah football to play Florida in 2022, 2023 and drop BYU from schedule

By Josh Furlong, KSL.com | Updated - Sep 23rd, 2019 @ 6:30pm | Posted - Sep 23rd, 2019 @ 2:53pm



SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah football program has reportedly scheduled a home-and-home series with SEC blue blood Florida, according to a report.

Pat Dooley, a reporter for gatorsports.com, tweeted Monday afternoon that Florida has scheduled a nonconference matchup with Utah for the 2022 and 2023 season.

Utah would travel to Gainsville, Florida, in 2022 and Florida would travel to Salt Lake City in 2023. The 2023 game would be the first for an SEC school to play in Salt Lake City. Previously, Arkansas was originally scheduled to be the first SEC program to travel to Salt Lake City with its scheduled game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in 2026 before the news of Florida.

Neither Florida or Utah have confirmed the report, though it confirmed "an opponent from the Southeastern Conference" Monday night.

Utah's nonconference schedule for 2022 and 2023 was already filled out prior to reports of Florida being adding to the schedule. Utah later announced Monday it had cancelled its two games against BYU for the 2022, 2023 seasons.

That would mean Utah would likely play Florida on the road on Sept. 3, 2022, and return to Salt Lake City on Sept. 16, 2023.

"We appreciate the tremendous relationship and cooperation we have with Tom Holmoe and BYU to work together to not only ensure the future of this rivalry but to demonstrate the strong partnership that is in place," Utah athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement. "We each share the intention to continue this great rivalry in football and across all of our teams for many years to come."

After taking a two-year break, Utah will face BYU in 2025-28, with home sites in alternating years. That makes a total of seven games between the two longtime rivals between 2020 and 2028.

"I appreciate the great working relationship we have with Mark Harlan and many others at Utah," BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said in a statement. "We have a responsibility to take care of the future of this great rivalry, not just in football but across all of the sports. There may come a time in the future where we need to ask Utah to make an adjustment for us. That’s how a relationship works. Utah approached us about an opportunity they have and we agreed to work with them."

The 2022 matchup with Florida would be the second time ever the two programs have met. Utah previously played Florida on Nov. 19, 1977, a 38-29 loss on the road. The Utes currently hold a 3-9 record against the SEC, with its most notable win coming against Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.

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