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Florida vs. Mississippi: Kickoff set for night game in The Swamp against Rebels

We don't know exactly when Florida will kick off against Mississippi — but we do know the Gators and Rebels will meet beneath the lights.

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When Florida and Mississippi renew their series on Saturday, October 3, they will do so under the lights in The Swamp.

The SEC announced its TV schedule for October 3 on Monday, and the Gators' first meeting with the Rebels since 2008 — when Mississippi handed Florida's last national title team its only loss of the year — is one of three games that will kick off at either 7 or 7:30 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN2, or SEC Network, along with Arkansas visiting Tennessee and Texas A&M hosting Mississippi State.

If Florida can fend off Tennessee this coming Saturday, there's a chance that the Gators could meet what should be a top-five Rebels outfit — Mississippi plays Vanderbilt this Saturday — with a national ranking of their own, and no other game would feature two undefeated teams, likely ordaining it for ESPN. But if Florida loses to the Vols for the first time in more than a decade, the game might more logically shift to ESPN2 or SEC Network.

Either way, Florida will be playing its fourth night game in five contests in 2015, and a third night game in The Swamp, in just the first week of October. And while those games have become customary for the Gators in recent years — Florida has been scheduled for 11 night kickoffs since the beginning of the 2013 season — the Gators' record in them is somewhat uneven, with Florida compiling an 7-3 mark and having its 2014 opener against Idaho cancelled due to inclement weather.