The SEC on Monday released future conference football schedules through the year 2025. In addition to shedding light on Auburn's future opponents, the news is fairly depressing for fans who miss the rivalry with Florida.
|2014||vs. South Carolina||2020||vs. Kentucky|
|2015||at Kentucky||2021||at South Carolina|
|2016||vs. Vanderbilt||2022||vs. Missouri|
|2017||at Missouri||2023||at Vanderbilt|
|2018||vs. Tennessee||2024||vs. Florida|
|2019||at Florida||2025||at Tennessee|
The next time the Tigers and Gators meet on the gridiron, outside of possible SEC Championship Game matchups, will be in 2019 at the Swamp in Gainesville. That means it will have been eight years since the schools' previous regular-season matchup. The Gators will return to Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2024, 13 years after their last trip to the Plains. Everyone knew the Auburn-Florida rivalry was killed by conference expansion, but seeing the future schedules on paper really drives that point home.
Auburn and Florida have faced off 83 times over the years, but when the first quarter of the 21st century is over, they'll have met in the regular season just eight times in the new millennium. Over the same period of time, the Tigers will have played Texas A&M, a school with which they have no history, 14 times. :-(
Also noteworthy: Auburn's first ever game at Missouri will be in 2017. The Show Me Tigers' first trip to Jordan-Hare is scheduled for 2022.
In addition to the rotational cross-division opponents, home and away years for permanent SEC foes have been set. As expected, even years will feature home games against Arkansas, LSU and Texas A&M, and road trips to Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Georgia. Those games will flip-flop in odd years.