Florida seldom plays nonconference road games outside of its personal state, but that scheduling philosophy has changed under athletic director Scott Stricklin. The Gators announced Friday that they will play a house-and-residence series with Cal. The two teams will square off in Gainesville, Florida, on Sept. 19, 2026 and in Berkley, California, on Sept. 4, 2027.

Florida holds a 2- all-time series lead more than Cal. The Gators topped the Bears 21-17 to open the 1974 season and 41-13 to open the 1980 season.

It really is the most recent scheduling announcement for a Florida system that has shifted its philosophy to grow to be a a lot more national brand. The Gators have future property-and-property series’ set up with Utah, Arizona State, Texas and Colorado. The Utah series, which begins in 2022, will be the very first time they will play a group from the current Pac-12 given that 1989 and first time in the typical season because 1983.

The Gators also have the annual out-of-conference rivalry with Florida State and an in-state house-and-home series with Miami (FL) on the books.

As for Cal, it’s another deal with an SEC team that can expand the presence of the system. The Bears wrapped up a home-and-residence with Ole Miss in 2019 and commence a series with Auburn in 2023.