For only the second time ever, Florida and Utah are set to meet on the gridiron. Call it the Urban Meyer connection.

Citing sources, Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun has reported that Florida has scheduled non-conference games against Utah with the game in Gainesville in 2022 and in Salt Lake City the following year. The programs last met in 1977, a 38-29 victory in a game coached by Doug Dickey and Wayne Howard. The Gators went 6-4-1 that season.

This adds a third Power 5 conference team to the slate that season as Florida is already expected to play Florida State and South Florida.

Coach Dan Mullen earlier this year weighed in on scheduling after Georgia announced future games with Florida State and Clemson.

“We play Florida State, so people are trying to catch up to us, with how tough are schedule is, to be honest with you. I mean, we play Florida State every year. Right? People make a big deal, Georgia is playing them, they are trying to catch up to us, I guess,” Mullen said. “Toughen their schedule because we play one of the toughest schedules.”

Mullen added that because they play in the SEC already, the tough schedule is built in, but the Gators want to have one game away from home each year to align with their recruiting philosophy.

“We want to make sure we keep enough home games here in the Swamp for our fans to come see our guys play,” Mullen said. “This is one of the great stadiums in college football, to make sure we are playing enough games in there. And so I think that’s what’s always tricky. We always try to do what’s best for the program and play games that fit the program. I’ve always been under that deal. I love, I want to do what we think is best for the program.”