2020 College Football Schedule: How to Watch Florida vs Ole Miss on TV and Online

After a longer-than-expected wait due to a two-week postponement because of the coronavirus outbreak, the SEC season finally gets underway on Saturday. Florida, the fifth-ranked team in the country in the AP Top 25 Poll, and Ole Miss share the honor of featuring in one of the two curtain raisers, with Auburn hosting Kentucky in the other game in the 12 p.m. ET slot on Saturday.

Here's all you need to know ahead of the Gators' season debut.

  • Kickoff time—Ole Miss hosts Florida at Vaught–Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 26.
  • TV channel—ESPN
  • Live stream—ESPN's digital platforms, SlingTV and fuboTV.
  • Odds—Florida is an 11.5-point favorite with FanDuel and 9/10 to cover the spread, while the over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 59.5. The Gators are 7/50 in moneyline terms, while the Rebels are 57/50 underdogs.
  • Series history—Ole Miss leads the all-time series 12-11-1, but Florida won the most recent meeting five years ago.

Dan Mullen's influence on Florida is there for all to see. In two seasons as Gators' head coach, Mullen has guided the program to a combined 21-5 record, finishing last season as the No. 6-ranked team in the AP Top 25 Poll, Florida's highest final AP Poll ranking since they finished as No. 3 in 2009. Under Mullen, the Gators have finished with at least 10 wins in consecutive seasons for the first time since they racked up 13 wins in 2008 and 2009 and Mullen is the first head coach in Florida history to guide the program to top-10 finishes in the AP Top 25 Poll in his first two seasons in Gainesville.

The Gators' recent record speaks volume for the strides Florida has made in the last two years since finishing 4-7 in 2017, but the Gators have still room for improvement after being pipped to the SEC Eastern title by Georgia in both of Mullen's first two seasons in charge.

As the No. 5-ranked team in the AP Top 25 Poll, Florida enters the season with its highest ranking since 2012. If the Gators are continued on an upward trajectory, Kyle Trask has to pick up where he left off last season, when he established himself as Florida's starting quarterback and seemingly solving the team's conundrum at the position. Trask threw for 2,901 yards and 24 touchdowns last season and led Florida's passing offense to rank 16th in the nation at an average of 300.8 yards per game after it had cratered outside the top 100 four times between 2010 and 2018.

If Florida hopes to pick up where it left off, a new era begins at Ole Miss where Lane Kiffin takes charge of his first game as Rebels head coach after leading Florida Atlantic to two Conference USA titles and two trips to the Boca Raton Bowl in three seasons. In Oxford, Kiffin finds an intriguing offense with a higher-than-average ceiling in the shape of running back Jerrion Ealy, wideout Elijah Moore and quarterback John Rhys Plumlee. Things aren't as rosy on the other side of the ball, where the Rebels ranked 85th in total defense and 120th against the pass.

Kyle Trask, Florida Gators
Kyle Trask #11 of the Florida Gators throws the ball against the Virginia Cavaliers at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Florida defeated Virginia 36-28. Joel Auerbach/Getty