Battle of Florida: Gators vs. UCF in Gasparilla Bowl at Raymond James Stadium


Florida quarterback Emory Jones looks for a receiver against Florida State during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

(AP/WFLA) – The University of Florida and the University of Central Florida will get a jump on their recently scheduled football series when the teams play in the Gasparilla Bowl on Dec. 23.

The game will be played at Raymond James Stadium.

The Gators and Knights announced in July three games, starting in 2024 and continuing in 2030 and 2033.

UCF have lost both previous games with Florida, the last a 42-0 Gators victory in 2006.

These Gators, though, come in losing five of their final eight games.

UCF first-year coach Gus Malzahn has qualified for a bowl game in all 10 seasons he’s been a college head coach.

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