UPDATE (3:55 p.m. ET): LSU and Florida announced their game has been postponed. LSU originally tweeted the game was canceled, but a follow-up correction stated the game, as of now, has been postponed.
ORIGINAL STORY: A potentially disastrous hurricane is about to hammer Florida and other Southern U.S. states, but it apparently won’t get in the way of college football this weekend.
Hurricane Matthew, currently a Category 4 storm, is barreling down on Florida as residents are being urged to evacuate, but both Miami and Florida expect to play their respective games this weekend, and neither are expected to move them.
Miami is scheduled to host Florida State at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, and Florida is set to welcome LSU to Gainesville in SEC play.
According to reports, there was talk of moving the Miami-Florida State game across the state to Tampa, but Hurricanes athletic director Blake James told the Sun Sentinel that they plan to play at home.
“My belief is that we will play at Hard Rock Stadium,” James told the newspaper in a text message. “Recognizing that may not be possible, we have brainstormed all options. With that said, I believe we will play at Hard Rock Stadium.”
Forecasts indicate late Thursday and Friday as the worst times for the storm, and it should be relatively cleared out by Saturday. However, travel plans for the visiting teams still are up in the air. Florida State hasn’t decided when it will travel to Miami, and LSU likely will fly into Tampa instead of Ocala, according to The Advocate.
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