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Florida vs. Kentucky: Gators wearing all-orange uniforms against Wildcats


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Florida will wear all-orange uniforms — with orange jerseys and orange pants — for just the second time in decades against Kentucky, the program announced via Twitter Saturday.

Florida has been exhorting fans to hashtag Wear Orange all week, and it should be no surprise that the Gators would pull out their orange duds against the Wildcats, who share Florida’s other two primary uniform colors of blue and white.

The Gators wore orange uniforms as their primary outfits often in the 1980s, but — despite associations with Emmitt Smith — those uniforms fell out of favor upon Steve Spurrier’s arrival in Gainesville, and were rarely seen again until the 2010s.

But Florida broke them out for a game against LSU in 2010, and Gators seniors voted to wear them in Will Muschamp’s first game against Florida Atlantic in 2011, and they have been a near-annual sartorial choice since, with Florida wearing orange jerseys seven times — and all-orange twice, both times in 2015 under Jim McElwain — just this decade, and compiling a 6-1 record in the color.