Florida State University officials are contemplating moving the school’s game against Miami, set for a 3:30 p.m. EST kickoff on Saturday, to noon on the same day in an effort to avoid Hurricane Nate.
The idea of possibly moving the game to Friday night to get out of the way of the storm may also be considered but, as of now the school is leaning toward moving the kickoff to noon, sources have told Florida Football Insiders.
Hurricane Nate is the storm that is expected to develop out of Tropical Depression 16, which is swirling around the coast of Nicaragua and Honduras right now but is projected to strike the U.S. late this weekend.
The latest projections have Nate coursing in a northerly direction through the Gulf of Mexico and reaching the Florida Panhandle near Tallahassee as a Category 1 hurricane.
As we all well know, those projections can and often do change by the hour, so this situation, much like the storm itself, now bears watching.
The big complication is that unlike with Irma, where the Noles and Hurricanes had this mutual off date of October 7th, they do not have one for later in the year to make the game up. And this game could have bearing for both schools on a possible berth in the ACC Championship Game or at least in the standings for who goes to the game or not.
Both teams come off of ACC road wins, as FSU rallied in the final two minutes to beat Wake Forest Saturday, 26-19. Meanwhile, Miami was very impressive in their ACC opener, on the road as well, as they defeated Duke 31-6.
There is also the possibility that the game could be moved up to Friday night to ensure that it can be played. We are told that has not been seriously discussed, yet.