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Florida vs. Arkansas: Gators' clash with Razorbacks set for 7 p.m. on ESPN2

It's Florida's first night game at home since 2011.


Florida will be back in Gainesville on Saturday to take on Arkansas, but the Gators will still find themselves somewhere they haven't been in more than a year: Under the lights for a game in The Swamp.

Thanks to CBS exercising its right to choose its 3:30 p.m. game for this week's SEC action within a seven-day window and picking Georgia's trip to Tennessee for its afternoon showcase, Florida's October 5 game against Arkansas is set for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff on ESPN2, making this the Gators' first night game since 2011.

That last night game didn't exactly go very well for the Gators: Florida finished its 2011 season at home and under the lights against Florida State, and fell, 21-7, to the Seminoles, on ESPN2. It was one of two big-time home night games that ended in losses for Florida in 2011, as Florida lost to Alabama, 38-10, in an October game that was televised by CBS and began at 8 p.m.

Florida also began its 2011 schedule with consecutive night games against Florida Atlantic and UAB, however, and won both of those games by a combined 80-3 score.

Those four games are the only four home night games of Will Muschamp's tenure, as Florida spent its 2012 season playing noon and 3:30 games at home and night games on the road. Florida is 6-4 in games starting at or after 7 p.m. under Muschamp.


Andy Hutchins is Alligator Army's managing editor. Follow Alligator Army on Twitter and Facebook.

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