While everyone’s thoughts and prayers are with those that were affected, are being affected and WILL be affected by the wind, rain, flooding, storm surge and more from Hurricane Matthew, we decided to run down how this storm has affected the second largest religion in the Southeast, College Football.
Georgia at South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina
The game will be played on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. instead Saturday evening. These two teams will be competing for eyeballs with all of the NFL action happening on Sunday now including the Atlanta Falcons’ game which kicks off at 4:35 p.m., just around halftime of the UGA game. Many, if not most, Dawg fans are also Falcons fans. This puts those fans in the unique, and probably first ever, position of having to choose which game to watch. Luckily, this is 2016 and you can watch one game on TV and the other on your iPad or smart phone. The game will still take place in Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC but the Gamecocks are probably not too happy about losing that exciting nighttime game atmosphere in their home stadium that many teams thrive with.
LSU at Florida in Gainesville, Fla.
This game has been postponed. It was originally scheduled to be played at Noon on Saturday in Gainesville, FL. The SEC had to make a call with Hurricane Matthew approaching the state. They hope to reschedule the game for later in the season. According to SB Nation, LSU offered to hold the game in Baton Rouge, but Florida AD Jeremy Foley said that would not be possible. Foley said that it was not practical to move an entire football team to Louisiana on a day and a half notice. He also pointed out that these football players all have families that are bracing for the storm as well. It looks like this game might not happen at all. To reschedule, both teams would have to cancel games with other teams, most likely their non-conference opponents on Saturday, November 19th. But that will not be cheap.
Florida State at Miami in Miami, Fla.
This game will go on as scheduled on Saturday evening. This is the ABC Prime-time game of the week. The hurricane has already moved through that area and did not affect the area near the stadium very much as it was further east, out into the ocean, at that point. Florida State did alter their plans to travel to Miami. They normally travel on a Thursday but delayed that until Friday due to the storm. This game is at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night.
Notre Dame at N.C. State in Raleigh, North Carolina
N.C. State hosts it’s biggest non-conference opponent on Saturday since Ohio State visited Raleigh in 2004. Notre Dame rolls into town and it looks like this game will take place as scheduled, albeit a very rainy game. It’s the 50th anniversary of the very first game at Carter-Finley Stadium and a school record 36,000 season tickets were sold this year, largely due to the anniversary and Notre Dame’s inclusion on the schedule. Wolfpack fans are notorious for tailgating, even during halftime! State’s Coach Doeren was embarrassed last year when N.C. State hosted Clemson for a nationally televised game and the fans took most of the third quarter to return from the parking lots. He sent an email to the fans asking that there not be a repeat of that:
Dear Wolfpack Fans,
This is Coach Doeren. As we prepare to celebrate 50 great years at Carter-Finley Stadium this weekend vs. ND I wanted to ask a favor for our program. There is nothing better than playing in front of a sold out crazy loud crowd in our stadium. It’s hard on our opponent. It energizes our team and impresses our recruits. We will have over 100 top recruits at this game.
We need you all to be fired up and present for all 4Q’s! I know how important tailgating is at State. I also know how important building this program is to you all. Please help our team and our recruiting environment this week by being in your seats for the start of both halves! Thanks so much for all you do for us!
Virginia Tech at North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
This is an important game for North Carolina AND Virginia Tech in the Coastal Division of the ACC. After UNC went down to Tallahassee last week and ended the Seminoles longest in the nation home winning streak, could they have a letdown? The spread is UNC -3. This game will be played as scheduled on Saturday, Oct 8th at 3:30 p.m. but it will be a rainy nasty mess.
Michigan at Rutgers in New Jersey
Just like the Va Tech – UNC game, this one could be a rainy mess. But as of now, this game is still on as scheduled. The game will be at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Syracuse at Wake Forest
Likewise, as the Orange make their way to Winston-Salem, NC, Hurricane Matthew, with it’s now more northern push, will dump rain on the state. So this game, for now, is scheduled to go on, but the weather will be an impact on the game. This much water always wreaks havoc on aspects of the game, so both teams are planning accordingly. This game is at 8:00 p.m. Saturday night.