Florida off Auburn's slate until 2019 as SEC releases 12-year schedule rotation

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMay 19, 2014 

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AUBURN, Ala. — The last time Auburn and Florida squared off in the regular season came in 2011.

By the time the two tussle again in a regular season contest, eight years will have elapsed.

The Southeastern Conference released its 12-year schedule rotation Monday, which will have the Tigers heading to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the Gators in 2019. Florida won't return the favor until 2024, marking 13 years between appearances in Jordan-Hare Stadium for the Gators.

The first six years of the 12-year schedule are not identical to the second six years. This was done to ensure every team in the league has four home games and four road games each season in conference play.

In keeping with the 6-1-1 format — six divisional games, one permanent cross-division opponent and one rotating opponent each season — the SEC approved last month, Auburn preserves its annual rivalry with Georgia and will host South Carolina in 2014. In addition, SEC teams are required to face at least one non-conference foe from a Power 5 conference.

A drastic change to the Tigers' annual schedule takes place this year, as they will face both Georgia and Alabama on the road in the same season for the first time in school history. That will become the new norm, according to the SEC. Every even year between now and 2025, Auburn will have to make trips to both Georgia and Alabama.

Auburn's non-divisional rotating opponent (through 2025)

  • 2014 vs. South Carolina

  • 2015 at Kentucky

  • 2016 vs. Vanderbilt

  • 2017 at Missouri

  • 2018 vs. Tennessee

  • 2019 at Florida

  • 2020 vs. Kentucky

  • 2021 at South Carolina

  • 2022 vs. Missouri

  • 2023 at Vanderbilt

  • 2024 vs. Florida

  • 2025 at Tennessee

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