It’s been less than a month since Hurricane Irma battered the state of Florida, which caused several Florida teams to either cancel or postpone their football games due to safety and travel concerns. Well, we have ourselves another tropical depression brewing in the Caribbean Sea, and the early forecasts have it becoming a hurricane early Sunday morning just outside of Florida’s panhandle.
TD16 is named. Now’s the time to get ready along Gulf Coast from LA into FL. Potential of being a hurricane b4 landfall very real. pic.twitter.com/ksZESIEJ5b
— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) October 4, 2017
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) October 4, 2017
The Washington Post further reports the storm, called Nate, is likely to be this season’s 14th named storm, and actual landfall could be “late Sunday.” But a storm doesn’t have to make landfall to have effects.
The two biggest games in the state of Florida include LSU-Florida, which ironically was rescheduled and moved to LSU last season due to Hurricane Matthew’s threat, and Miami-Florida State, which will be played in Tallahassee. The FSU game was originally scheduled for Sept. 9, but was moved to this weekend due to Irma. Both games are scheduled to kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Depending on if this storm shifts, it could affect Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, or even Mississippi, but the track now doesn’t have it making landfall in Florida until Sunday at 8 a.m. — from there, it’s projected to move into the southeast. Tulane plays at Tulsa in New Orleans on Saturday night, too.
As far as the other Florida games go, most of the rest of the in-state games are away. UCF travels to Cincinnati to play the Bearcats, FIU plays at Middle Tennessee Saturday at 3, and FAU plays at Old Dominion, and FAMU plays at Norfolk State — USF and Bethune-Cookman both have bye weeks.
Hurricane Irma caused the Tampa Bay Bucs at Miami Dolphins game to be rescheduled to Week 11 — the Bucs play the New England Patriots tomorrow night at home, and the Dolphins play the Tennessee Titans at home, too.
The storm is still obviously in its early stages, so there’s a lot left to see before any big decisions are made. In the meantime, it’s just incredibly ironic that two different storms could affect the Florida-LSU and Miami-FSU games within a year span.