Dave George: How to spend football season on road … and in doghouse


With unlimited funds and unlimited time, wouldn’t it be fun to attend as many games involving Florida’s college football teams as possible this fall?

Something to think about on a lazy summer day, with a preferred list of 2017 games to follow.

Don’t think about it too long, however. My guess is that merely committing to watch each and every one of these games on the man cave’s big screen would be the end to most marriages.

Saturday, Aug. 26: South Florida at San Jose State (Charlie Strong’s USF debut),

Thursday, Aug. 31: Florida International at Central Florida (Butch Davis’ FIU debut),

Friday, Sept. 1: Navy at Florida Atlantic (Lane Kiffin’s FAU debut).

Saturday, Sept. 2: Florida State vs. Alabama at Atlanta (Why, oh why, does Florida-Michigan have to be on the same day?).

Saturday, Sept. 9: Miami at Arkansas State (Red Wolves crushed UCF in bowl game last year).

Friday, Sept. 15: Illinois at USF (Illini went 3-9 last year, but beating Big Ten team has certain cachet).

Saturday, Sept. 16: Miami at FSU (Catch first half of Tennessee at Florida on the way to Tallahassee).

Thursday, Sept. 21: Temple at USF (Weeknight games good for Bulls’ exposure).

Saturday, Sept. 23: North Carolina State at FSU (Seminoles needed late rally for 24-20 win last year).

Friday, Sept. 29: Miami at Duke (Division rival and often a pain in the ACC for Miami).

Saturday, Sept. 30: Florida State at Wake Forest (End-zone interception secured close win on Seminoles’ last trip there).

Saturday, Oct. 7: LSU at Florida (Goal-line stand against Tigers clinched SEC East for Gators in 2016).

Thursday, Oct. 12: Georgia Tech at Miami (Second consecutive week on ESPN national telecast for Mark Richt).

Saturday, Oct. 14: Texas A&M at Florida (First trip to Swamp for Aggies, who joined SEC in 2012).

Saturday, Oct. 21: Louisville at FSU (Cardinals put 63 points on Seminoles behind Heisman winner Lamar Jackson last year).

Friday, Oct. 27: FSU at Boston College (Short week after Louisville showdown).

Saturday, Oct. 28: Florida vs. Georgia at Jacksonville (Sooner or later Bulldogs are going to be good).

Saturday, Nov. 4: Virginia Tech at Miami (If Miami ever wins the Coastal, it will be a game like this that does it).

Saturday, Nov. 11: FSU at Clemson (Tigers are defending national champions).

Thursday, Nov. 16: Tulsa at USF (Will Strong have the Bulls in the Top 10 by this point?).

Saturday, Nov. 18: FIU at FAU (Butch vs. Kiffin in battle for major recruiting coup).

Friday, Nov. 24: Miami at Pittsburgh (Stop grumbling about Thanksgiving travel and get to the airport).

Saturday, Nov. 25: FSU at Florida (Would be nice to see this game mean a lot to both teams again).

That’s all of the schedule we know right now. The conference champions follow in December and then the College Football Playoff and the bowls.

Would you be sick of college football after traveling to all of those games? No problem. Just switch to the NFL in 2018.



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