Following the leads of the Gators with their Saturday home game and USF who elected not to travel to Connecticut to play UConn Saturday, Florida State pulled the plug on their Saturday home game with UL-Monroe, as well.
The Noles had moved the game time from night to noon at Doak Campbell Stadium, in advance of the Hurricane potentially making it’s way through Florida on Sunday. FSU explained the decision Thursday night that they are closing the entire campus for the weekend beginning Friday:
ALL FSU ATHLETICS EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND ARE CANCELLED INCLUDING SATURDAY’S FOOTBALL GAME. Info: https://t.co/LxTBNwNzSa for
— Florida State Univ. (@floridastate) September 8, 2017
It’s not clear if the game with the out of conference opponent will be made up later in the year.
While safety is priority one, the Noles are slated to host rival Miami in ACC action next Saturday night (9/16) and now, neither school will have played this weekend. This, after the Canes decided they would not be going to Arkansas to play Arkansas State Saturday in Jonesboro, over concerns of South Florida being evacuated while they traveled and played the game.
There is further speculation that Irma does significant damage to the greater Miami area, then next weekend could be in jeopardy, too. But, it’s way too early at this point for that.
FSU cancelling the game means that four games involving state school teams for Saturday will not be played. Earlier Thursday night, the Gators nixed their home game with Northern Colorado and the University of South Florida will not travel to UConn to play the Huskies. Unlike the Noles and Gators, the Bulls game might need to be rescheduled, as it’s an American Conference game.
The only prominent state school that has a home game and will still play it as scheduled, for now, is UCF. The Knights in consultation with the AAC and Memphis moved their home game from Saturday night to Friday night in Orlando.
The Tigers did travel to Orlando on Thursday night to ready to play the game. It would now be highly unusual to cancel the game. We’ll see.