Monday, December 12, 2022
Carter’s Corner: Gators game away from home
Florida takes on Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The game is on Saturday. The Gators head out to the West on Tuesday.
Florida State’s game at Texas State 98 years ago — a game that ended in a 7-7 tie — sounds similar to their upcoming game against Oregon State in the Las Vegas Bowl.
The Las Vegas Bowl takes place Saturday at the magnificent Allegiant Stadium. The Gators will leave Tuesday. Well, are we kidding? The day of the week is the only similarity.
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— SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl (@LasVegasBowl) December 12, 2022
The Gators will fly to Las Vegas instead of a two-day train trip plus two days of recovery time as they did for their first game west of the Mississippi in 1924.
The Gators have often traveled west of the Mississippi River in recent decades, playing in Missouri every other year and occasionally traveling to rivals in the Southeastern Conference West, but their trip to the city known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World” is One of the longest journeys in school history.
The Las Vegas Bowl will be Florida’s longest road trip since the 1989 Liberty Bowl, held at Anaheim Stadium and the Gators running back’s final college game Emmett Smith.
That’s not the furthest the Gators have traveled in the playoffs, though. far away. That will be hard to beat.
Check out the longest postseason trip in UF history:
away from the swamp
|las vegas bowl||2022||las vegas||2,196 people|
|BCS National Champion.||year 2006||Glendale, Arizona||2.046|
|carnival bowl||1995||Tempe, Arizona||2,032|
|sun bowl||1977||El Paso||1,785|
Distances: All are driving distances via TravelMath.com except air miles to Honolulu.