Heading into Week 6 of the college football season, the discussion isn’t focused entirely on the top match-ups of the weekend as it normally would be. Instead, the college football world, rightfully, is focused on what changes need to be made in preparation for Hurricane Matthew, which is expected to make landfall in Florida sometime late Thursday night/early Friday morning.
Due to the expected track of the hurricane, multiple universities along the East Coast are considering or flat out moving their games to try and make sure they a) make it safe for both the teams and fans to attend the game and b) still get the games in, if possible.
UPDATE: 10/6/16 3:30 p.m.
Charlotte vs. FAU, which was originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, has been moved to Sunday afternoon at noon.
UPDATE: 12:30 p.m.
USF released a statement saying that all athletics events are expected to be played as scheduled this weekend, including the football game against East Carolina scheduled for noon on Saturday.
Florida athletics will reportedly release an update on Saturday’s scheduled match-up with LSU later this evening.
The first game of the weekend to be moved was the University of Massachussetts vs. Old Dominion, which was set to take place on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Eastern in Norfolk, VA, but now has been moved to Friday night at 8 p.m according to The Virginian Pilot:
“Old Dominion’s football game with Massachusetts will be played Friday night at 8, according to emails sent this morning to ODU employees and to a Tweet sent out by head coach Bobby Wilder.”
Coach Wilder’s tweets have since been deleted, so there’s no official announcement from the university as of this moment.
American Athletic Conference opponents Tulane and Central Florida have rescheduled their game to instead take place on November 5th.
There are 11 other games that could possibly be moved either to a new time on Saturday or to an earlier/later date. USA Today had a great piece yesterday with quotes from several university officials who will be making decisions about games to be played or not played this weekend. The list of possible games affected includes the marquee match-up between #21 Florida State and #10 Miami, which is currently set for 8 p.m. Saturday night.
Here’s a full list of the games that could potentially be affected and their currently scheduled kick-off time.
East Carolina @ South Florida 12 p.m. (expected to be played as planned)
LSU @ #16 Florida 12 p.m.
#6 Houston @ Navy 3 p.m.
Texas State @ Georgia State 3:30 p.m.
Army @ Duke 3:30 p.m.
#25 Virginia Tech @ #17 UNC 3:30 p.m.
Syracuse @ Wake Forest 7 p.m.
Georgia @ South Carolina 7:30 p.m.
#23 Florida State @ #10 Miami 8 p.m.
This is something to keep an eye on as the college football weekend approaches. We’ll update this as more information becomes available.