Florida AD OK with 2-for-1 vs. UCF
Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin would welcome a two-for-one series against in-state opponent UCF, which has the nation’s longest winning streak at 25.
“I’d be OK with scheduling them in the right situation,” Stricklin said Friday during a Peach Bowl event at Florida Field.
Florida and Central Florida last played in 2006, a 42-0 victory in the Swamp by the eventual national champion Gators. The teams had been scheduled to play again the following year, but UCF got out of the game and ended up paying a $100,000 buyout, according to documents released through a public records request.
Stricklin said he and UCF AD Danny White have not spoken about scheduling a game.
“We haven’t had a spot where we thought this made sense at this point,” Stricklin said.
Many outsiders believed the 10th-ranked Gators (9-3) and seventh-ranked Knights (13-0) would meet in a bowl game this season, possibly in the Peach or Fiesta. But Florida ended up facing Michigan in the Peach, and UCF will play LSU in the Fiesta.
If the schools were to play in the future, Stricklin said it likely would need to be a two-for-one series. Florida agreed to play USF in a similar setup, with two games at Florida Field (2022, 2025) and one at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium (2023).
White has made it clear he would prefer to schedule home-and-home series with Power 5 opponents because the school generates more revenue from a home game than it would from playing a payday game on the road.
“We do home-andhomes with like FSUs and Power 5 leagues,” Stricklin said. “We haven’t done any home-and-homes with non-Power 5 teams. I don’t think we would start that.
“But I’d love to schedule (UCF) in a game.”
Stricklin laughed off accusations that he worked behind the scenes to prevent Florida from playing UCF in a New Year’s Six bowl.