The Florida Gators were set to take on the Bears of Northern Colorado this Saturday night under the lights of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, but Hurricane Irma has different plans.
In anticipation of the Category 5 Hurricane currently threatening the entire state of Florida, officials from both schools and the SEC decided to change the time instead of changing the venue or cancelling the game altogether. For most Floridians, the images of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Houston last week place football far from forefront as mandatory evacuations begin.
Other Florida schools making changes in advance of Hurricane Irma:
Like many other schools in Gulf Coast states, the Gators have dealt with Hurricanes and storms in the past even cancelling games and having make-up games in opponents stadiums. Changing the game time to noon and allowing the game to take place will allow the Gators to play all 12 scheduled games for only the second time in the last four years.
According to UF officials, the game will be streamed exclusively on SEC Network+ and the ESPN App as well as the IMG Gator Sports Radio Network instead of the SEC Network as previously scheduled.
It can be hard to think about football during a natural disaster and hopefully these games will provide a respite for the folks affected this weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the good people of Florida.