Tracking college football’s schedule changes during hurricane season: 13 moves so far

The 2017 season has already seen an unusual number of weather-related schedule changes.

Hurricane Harvey was devastating, and Hurricane Irma looks like it could be the same in much of the Southeastern United States. It’s already caused serious damage in the northern Caribbean, and much of South Florida has evacuated as it’s approached.

College football games aren’t very important during natural disasters. But cancelations of games are sometimes crucial for safety and to free up first-responders who might otherwise have to staff a recreational event with thousands of people at it.

Here’s every Division I college game canceled, relocated, or postponed so far:

Week 1

These changes were all due to Harvey:

  • UTSA at Houston, canceled
  • BYU-LSU, relocated from Houston to New Orleans, where LSU won
  • Richmond at Sam Houston State, relocated to Waco, where SHSU won
  • Prairie View A&M at Texas Southern, rescheduled for Nov. 25

Week 2

These changes were all announced as Irma prepared to make landfall:

  • Northern Colorado at Florida, canceled
  • Louisiana-Monroe at Florida State, canceled
  • Miami at Arkansas State, canceled
  • Memphis at UCF, postponed and likely canceled
  • USF at UConn, postponed and likely canceled
  • Alcorn State at FIU, relocated to Birmingham, Ala. (7p.m. ET Friday)
  • New Hampshire at Georgia Southern, relocated to Birmingham, where NH won

Week 3

  • Miami at Florida State, rescheduled for Oct. 7

Week 7

  • Georgia Tech at Miami, rescheduled from Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 14, so that the Miami-FSU schedule change stays within ACC rules

Is this an unusual amount?

Yes. College football starts in late summer and is played from coast to coast, so every season has at least a game or two get rescheduled, but this is already a lot, and it’s not necessarily over yet.