Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU-Miami Postponed to Oct. 7; Gators' Game Date Undecided

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FSU-Miami Postponed to Oct. 7; Gators' Game Date Undecided

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Byline: Garry Smits

For the first time in school history, weather has forced Florida State off the football field for two weeks in a row.

Only time and Hurricane Irma's final toll inflicted on central Florida Sunday and Monday will determine whether the University of Florida will join FSU in going dark two weeks in a row.

The ACC announced on Saturday that Florida State and Miami will play their game scheduled for Saturday on Oct. 7. The game remains at Doak Cambell Stadium in Tallahassee.

Miami's game against Georgia Tech, originally on Oct. 12, also will move to Oct. 14 to accommodate the change of its game against the Seminoles.

The SEC and Florida officials will wait until after the storm clears and assess any damage in the Gainesville area - including estimates as to when power might be restored - before making a decision on Saturday's game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium between the Gators and Tennessee.

While weather and events such as 9/11 have forced changes to football schedules, UF and FSU have never had two games in a row affected.

The quick move to re-schedule FSU versus Miami was made because of the uncertainty on how Hurricane Irma will affect both Miami and Tallahassee as it moves through the state. It also was an easy decision since Oct. 7 was a shared off-date between the two teams.

"It quickly became clear that it was in the best interest of our players, coaches and fans to reschedule next week's Miami at Florida State game," ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. "Typically, it's not easy to reschedule games, but in this instance, there was a clear path to adjust quickly and effectively. I appreciate the leadership at our schools and with our television partners as this process was seamless, and we were able to adjust in as fair a way as possible."

A tougher call will be the Gators and Vols. The two teams do not share a common off-date and the option the SEC had last season when Florida's game against LSU was postponed because of Hurricane Matthew - the Gators buying out a non-conference opponent and playing the SEC game on that date - isn't an option because UF's game on Nov. …

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