With Hurricane Irma still bearing down on Florida Saturday night and making landfall Sunday, the ACC wasted no time in rescheduling the upcoming Florida State vs. Miami showdown slated for next weekend.
Irma will reek havoc for the next 72 hours, including, eventually, with the panhandle of Florida by Monday night/early Tuesday morning. It is clearly unknown how much damage will be done to where, but Tallahasse will see some. So, the conference decided to be proactive.
With the game scheduled for next Saturday night at Doak Campbell Stadium, they will take no chances and will move it to October 7th:
— ACC Football (@ACCFootball) September 9, 2017
That date is a mutual off week for both the Noles and the Canes, but as the conference announcement states there was a complication to deal with, too.
Miami was slated to host Georgia Tech on Thursday night October 12th at Hard Rock Stadium. That game is now moved to Saturday October 14th. This also means the Yellow Jackets will take their scheduled October 7th bye and have a rest advantage over Miami the next week.
It is interesting, that traditionally the FSU/Miami game has been an October game in the first place. However, the ACC has used it as an opening game for the season on Labor Day night on a couple of previous occasions.
So, now it’s back on for an October date for many of the fans of both teams like it.
Both schools saw their games cancelled Saturday because of Irma, as FSU’s game with UL-Monroe and Miami’s game at Arkansas State did not happen, and likely neither game will be made up.
Both FSU and Miami are trying to breaking in new QBs. Noles true freshman James Blackman will now wait, another week for his first start. That will come against N.C. State at home for September 23rd.
The Canes new QB Malik Rosier, who was solid in his opening game win over Bethune-Cookman last week, will now play again at home, as well on September 23rd against Toledo.
Clearly, safety and the aftermath of Irma was the biggest concern, but the ACC also made the call to give both teams a chance to regroup and have a better game in October, too.