As Florida gets set to play it’s SEC opener at the swamp this afternoon, you are probably aware that the Gators haven’t lost a game to Kentucky since Ronald Regan was president. (1987)
Yep, 29 staggering wins in a row in the series, which is the longest current streak over a single opponent in the SEC. But where does that rank among other college football win streaks and other pro sports win streaks?
The longest D-1 college football win streak of all time vs. an opponent is 43 straight home, away or neutral site by Notre Dame over Navy. That is is until 2007, when the Midshipmen stunned the Irish in South Bend as a 25 point underdog . (We’re looking at you Charlie Weis!)
Also, Nebraska pummeled Kansas in then Big 8 play a total of 36 straight times from 1969-2004. Yep. That’s bad.
So the Gators have a ways to go to get to second place, much less, first on the all time college list.
Now, some quick other opponent win streaks that may “Wow” you:
The basketball UNC Tarheels have NEVER lost to Clemson at home in Chapel Hill….they are 58-0 all time. My Lord.
In college basketball overall, the vaunted UCLA Bruins started a streak over Pac-12 opponent Cal-Berkley under legendary Head Coach John Wooden in 1961 and it lasted until 1985 spanning 52 straight games home or away. Domination.
In the NFL, the record for consecutive wins home or away vs. a single opponent is the Shula led Miami Dolphins of the 1970’s (who at one point appeared in 3 straight Super Bowls) defeated the Buffalo Bills 20 consecutive times home or away.
In the NBA, there isn’t a significant home and away streak, but, the San Antonio Spurs have beaten the Golden State Warriors (even with the “Splash Brothers” recently) a remarkable 33 straight times at home in the regular season.
And Finally in the NHL, where the current home streak record over one opponent belongs to the Anaheim Ducks who have beaten Calgary 22 times in a row in California. The Philadelphia Flyers hold the record with 23 straight home wins over Pittsburgh in the 1980’s.
Meanwhile, as good as Kentucky basketball is, the Gators go for an even 30 wins straight today at Steve Spurrier Florida Field. Now that’s taking a “Chomp” outta somebody.
Gators announced home and home series with Cal Friday
The Florida Gators continued their philosophy of striking “home-and-home” deals with Power 5 opposition, when they announced on Friday that they will be doing so with the Cal-Berkley Bears out of the Pac-12 coming later in this decade.
The Gators made the announcement through their website and social media mid-day Friday that they will play Cal at home first and then travel to Berkeley the following year:
Coast to coast❗
🐻 at 🐊 2026
🐊 at 🐻 2027#GoGators
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) February 7, 2020
A.D. Scott Stricklin has broken up the long tradition that Florida would only play two home out of conference games in September and usually, against much lesser competition before entering SEC play. Stricklin has been very outspoken that in the age of the College Football Playoff, strength of schedule is emphasized and the selection committee holds schools responsible for not playing top-notch out of conference opponents, at least some of the time.
With that in mind, the Gators opened the 2019 season in Orlando against the Miami Hurricanes and won a sloppy game. And, they already have other Power 5 schools laid out to play home and away.
As we previously wrote, Florida will be playing the Texas Longhorns first in Gainesville in 2030 and then. return the game the following year in Austin.
Florida had previously announced last year that they will also play the Colorado Buffaloes out of the Pac-12, again with the first game in Gainesville in 2028 and then, returning it to Boulder the following season.
It’s interesting with Friday’s announcement that Stricklin and the football program are working backwards with the schedule. And, they will now play Cal before Colorado in September of 2026, and then will be opening on the Berkeley campus the following season.
Florida and Cal have only met two times, having played first in Gainesville in 1974 as the Gators wo 21 – 17 and then, they also met in Tampa to open the 1980 season with a Florida 41-13 blowout victory.
Second National Signing Day recap for top state schools
National Signing Day 2020 has come and gone, and several in state schools were able to improve their classes heading into spring ball. The University of Florida watched rival Georgia secure the number one overall class, but the Gators were still able to land the best class in the state with the number eight class overall.
The Gators officially signed former five-star receiver Justin Shorter from Penn State, and Florida stayed in the family today as well, Xzavier Henderson officially joined the Gators. He’s the ounger brother of former DB C.J. Henderson.
Dan Mullen also able to dip into the state of Texas inking four-star DE Princely Umanmielen. It wasn’t all great news for the Gators, as they missed out on a few key guys, including losing out on arguably top state safety Avantae Williams to in state rival Miami. Overall it was a good cycle for the Gators both recruiting and in the transfer portal.
The Miami Hurricanes continued an impressive offseason on National Signing Day. The Canes made arguably the biggest move in the state by landing Williams and keeping him Florida. Williams became the highest rated Hurricane in the class and propelled the U to the number 13 spot.
Miami has the second-best class in the ACC behind Clemson. With an impressive offseason in the books, once again excitement will be in the air in Coral Gables. The question is: will they live up to it in year two for Manny Diaz?
Florida State and new coach Mike Norvell have been working hard to get this class rolling last minute. After a good early National Signing Day Norvell looked to keep the momentum going. The Noles took a big hit Wednesday though, with the loss of Venice four star WR, Malachi Wideman, who flipped to Tennessee.
The Noles came back from that by landing a handful of other recruits. They got the number six Juco running back La’Damian Webb, ass well as, Robert Scott, an offensive lineman and Corey Wren, an athlete/running back.
Replacing Cam Akers will be tough for Norvell and building the offensive line is a top priority. The former Memphis coach came in late like he did, yet he finishes with a decent class sitting at 22 on 24/7.
Now the work begins turning around the former powerhouse.