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Florida, Notre Dame announce home-and-home series for 2031-32

The Gators will make a dream matchup a reality.

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Florida and Notre Dame will play a home-and-home series in 2031 and 2032, putting the two powers on track to meet for the first time in decades, the schools announced Tuesday.

The 2031 matchup will take place in South Bend, with the Gators heading to Notre Dame Stadium on November 15. 2032’s rematch brings the Irish to The Swamp for what should be unfamiliar sultry conditions on September 11.

Florida has met Notre Dame just once, in the 1992 Sugar Bowl, a 39-28 win for the Irish, though both programs have orbited each other for parts of the last three decades. Florida famously beat out Notre Dame in the race to hire Urban Meyer in 2004; the Irish’s unbeaten 2012 regular season helped preclude Florida from making one of the final BCS National Championship Games to take place.

And now the two storied programs will meet on each other’s campuses for the first time, continuing a recent trend of Florida adding significant games with prominent foes to its non-conference schedule. Notre Dame becomes perhaps the headliner of that effort, depending on how you might feel about Texas.

Florida’s 2031 schedule also becomes what is for now a dream slate, with road trips to both Texas and Notre Dame scheduled for that fall. And while the SEC’s schedule rotation is not announced beyond 2025, Florida should also be playing Florida State that November, meaning the Gators could play three programs with multiple national championships outside of SEC play that season.

The times, they are a-changin’ — and for the better.