AD Scott Stricklin explains why he wants to add more Power Five teams to Florida's schedule
Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin is ready to break away from the traditional college football scheduling process.
Typically, teams don’t play too many difficult non-conference games. They’ll add one or two to boost their strength of schedule, but there are also games against much lesser, non-Power Five opponents, which they’re almost assured to win.
But Stricklin is appearing to show a willingness to add more Power Five teams to the Gators’ future schedules, hence why he tweeted a message to his fellow ADs on Tuesday looking to add more home-and-home series against quality opponents in the years to come.
During an appearance on “The Paul Finebaum Show” on Wednesday, Stricklin addressed that tweet and the reasoning behind it.
“By scheduling more of these high-caliber opponents, obviously I think it’s what’s best for the players and I think it’s something the fans want,” Stricklin said during a call on the show. “On top of that, I think it’s what’s best for college football. You look at the games that we’ve had this year that have generated a ton of interest, whether it was the Florida-Miami game in Week 0, Auburn and Oregon that you referenced, LSU-Texas — those games, people are still talking about those games weeks later.”
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 23, 2019
Florida has already started adding more home-and-homes against Power Five teams. The Gators have series against Utah (2022-23), Miami (2024-25), Colorado (2028-29) and Texas (2030-31) lined up for future seasons.
But that might only be the start of the Gators adding these types of teams to their schedules, especially if Stricklin’s tweet draws interest from other ADs.