The Florida Gators and the Texas Longhorns haven’t met on the gridiron since a 1940 contest in Gainesville. Prior to that, the two met in Austin in 1939 and 1924.
Could the two schools possibly meet in the future in a home-and-home series? Maybe. But then again, maybe not.
Yesterday, the Southern SportsTonight Radio show tweeted that Florida and Texas were “in talks” for a future series.
Interesting … sources inside Florida athletic dept. are telling us they are in talks with Texas for a home-and-home football series.
— SST Radio Show (@SSTRadio) July 24, 2014
Then later Thursday evening, the Florida Gators replied to that tweet from their official Twitter football account, @GatorZoneFB:
Not true MT @SSTRadio: sources inside UF athletic dept. are telling us they are in talks with Texas for home-&-home football series
— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) July 25, 2014
This morning, the SST Radio Show followed up with another tweet that sort of backed off their initial tweet, but still claiming talks between the schools.
Have re-affirmed info that Florda & Texas have had prelim discussions about a home & home in FB. Still long way to go I am told. Relax.
— SST Radio Show (@SSTRadio) July 25, 2014
Although Florida “officially” said they aren’t talking with Texas, you have to hope that they quietly are or will at some point. A Florida-Texas regular-season matchup would be a dandy.
Furthermore, a home-and-home series could see the Florida Gators travel outside the state for a non-conference road game for the first time since playing at Syracuse in 1992.
There’s also the obvious coaching staff connections between the two schools. Florida head coach Will Muschamp used to be the defensive coordinator at Texas, while UT head coach Charlie Strong held several positions with the Gators.
If the two schools do meet, it would likely be in 2018 or later. Florida’s non-conference schedule is wide open after 2017. Texas currently has one opening in 2018 and two openings in the 2019 through 2023 seasons.