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Alligator Army, SB Nation's Florida Gators community, chomped it up on which out-of-conference opponents they'd like to see the Gators play a home-and-home against. The finalists: the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Michigan Wolverines, Oregon Ducks, Utah Utes, and Virginia Tech Hokies. Utah won the vote due to Urban Meyer's connections and the allure of traveling to a state that is
absolutely nothing like Gainesville, while Tech, Michigan, and Oregon clustered behind.
The question: if Tech and Florida played, which team would Georgia Bulldogs fans root for? State pride vs. conference pride, y'all.â†µ
Florida is infamous for refusing to leave the state unless it absolutely has to, scheduling nothing but cupcake home games, in-state sorta-cupcake road games, and the Florida State Seminoles. They haven't played an out-of-conference road game since 2003, when they lost to the Miami Hurricanes. And they haven't left the state for a regular season out-of-conference game since the bronze age of college football in 1991, falling to Syracuse.â†µ
The Jackets and Gators played a four-game series from 1978 to 1981 when Tech was a floundering independent. They had a decent rivalry during Tech's SEC days, except for when Bobby Dodd was around. Dodd owned the Gators -- from 1956 until Tech left the conference in 1963, Florida only scored on the Jackets in one game.â†µ