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:
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
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
- Charleston Southern at South Carolina State, postponed and maybe canceled
- Alcorn State at FIU, relocated to Birmingham, Ala., where FIU won
- New Hampshire at Georgia Southern, relocated to Birmingham, where NH won
- USF at UConn, rescheduled for Week 10 via the following:
To make room for that game, two USF home games were adjusted. The Cincinnati game at Raymond James Stadium was moved up two weeks to October 14, and the Bearcats become the homecoming opponent.
The Houston game was pushed up a week to that October 28 spot to make room for the now rescheduled UConn game. No new kickoff times have been announced for these two games.
The UMass game, originally scheduled for October 14, will not be played this season.
- Miami at Florida State, rescheduled for Oct. 7 (also, Notre Dame-Boston College and Clemson-Louisville moved later in the day on Sept. 16)
- Georgia Tech at UCF, canceled
- FIU at Indiana, canceled
- Charleston Southern at Indiana, scheduled on short notice as a replacement for FIU-Indiana
- UMass at USF canceled
- Cincinnati at USF moved from Week 9
- Georgia Tech at Miami, rescheduled from Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 14, so that the Miami-FSU schedule change stays within ACC rules
- Cincinnati at USF moved to Week 9
- Houston at USF moved from Week 10
- USF at UConn is now this week
- Houston at USF moved to Week 9
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.