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Tracking how Hurricane Florence affects CFB’s Week 3

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The Category 4 Hurricane Florence was approaching the Carolinas and Virginia early this week, leading government officials to order at least a million people to evacuate. States of emergency were declared in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

The college football season’s intersection with hurricane season often creates challenges for universities and governments. When thousands of people converge on stadiums as storms approach, the events take up a lot of law-enforcement and public-safety resources. They can also create additional traffic in or near evacuation zones.

In 2017, a handful of games moved or were canceled due to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, leading to significant schedule shuffles later on.

In 2018, we’re tracking game changes related to Florence below.

Game changes already announced

  • Georgia Southern at No. 2 Clemson, moved up to noon on Saturday.
  • ECU at No. 13 Virginia Tech has been postponed, with Tech pointing fingers at ECU.
  • No. 14 West Virginia at NC State is postponed with no reschedule announced yet.
  • Marshall at South Carolina has been canceled.
  • Southern Miss at Appalachian State has been postponed. Both schools exploring options to reschedule.
  • Ohio at Virginia relocated to Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. and moved to 4:30 p.m. ET.
  • Boston College at Wake Forest moved up to 5:30 p.m. ET Thursday.
  • UCF at North Carolina is postponed with no reschedule announced yet. UCF says that’s unlikely.
  • Campbell at Coastal Carolina moved from Saturday to Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET. The site changed from CCU’s stadium to Campbell’s in NC.
  • Stetson at Presbyterian moved from Clinton, SC to Stetson’s campus in DeLand, Fla.
  • Colgate at Furman has been canceled, and it will not be made up, per Furman.
  • Robert Morris at James Madison moved from Saturday to Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.
  • Norfolk State at Liberty is postponed until Dec. 1, unless Norfolk State makes the FCS playoffs, which is unlikely.
  • Elon at William & Mary is postponed with no reschedule date yet.
  • Charleston Southern at The Citadel is postponed with no reschedule announced yet.
  • Tennessee State at Hampton is postponed with no reschedule yet.
  • NC Central at South Carolina State moved to Nov. 24.
  • Guilford at Davidson moved to Thursday at 7 p.m.

Division I games planned in either the Carolinas or Virginia

The storm isn’t expected to hit every part of these states evenly, but athletic directors in all of them will watch Florence’s movements while making decisions on game times and locations. The storm could also affect games not taking place in these states.

  • Old Dominion at Charlotte, Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.
  • Western Carolina at Gardner-Webb, Saturday in Boiling Springs, N.C.
  • East Tennessee State at VMI, Saturday in Lexington, Va.
  • St. Francis (Pa.) at Richmond, Saturday in Richmond, Va.
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