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West Virginia-NC State game postponed, with no makeup announced yet

One of 2018’s more interesting non-conference games is off because of safety concerns around Hurricane Florence.

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West Virginia and NC State’s football game, initially scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday in Raleigh, won’t be played this weekend. The schools haven’t announced a rescheduling.

From NC State’s announcement:

NC State will not play its scheduled football game with West Virginia University this weekend due to the increasing likelihood of severe and unsafe conditions associated with Hurricane Florence.

Emergency management resources are expected to be fully utilized and needed throughout the region, and today’s decision will help give ample time to deploy those resources across the state.

NC State has worked in partnership with University leadership, West Virginia University officials, the Atlantic Coast Conference and emergency management personnel to arrive at a decision in the best interests of the safety and well-being of fans, student-athletes and all parties involved.

Should this game be rescheduled or a replacement home game be scheduled, tickets for the West Virginia game will be valid. If this game or a replacement home game is not viable, a refund will be offered to season ticket holders. Details will be communicated at a later date.

The Mountaineers are a Big 12 contender, and NC State might yet be Clemson’s stiffest competition in the ACC Atlantic. The game also was slated to feature a good quarterback matchup between two likely picks in the 2019 NFL Draft: WVU’s Will Grier and NC State’s Ryan Finley. We’ll update this post as more news becomes available on the game’s status.

By the time the schools announced Tuesday they were postponing this game, at least six other Division I games had also changed as a result of Hurricane Florence.

We’re tracking those changes here.

ADs can get creative, but there’s no clear schedule fit to play this game.

NC State’s is Oct. 13. West Virginia’s is Oct. 20. It’s highly unlikely that either would move a conference game to reschedule this one, and WVU starts Big 12 play next week. NC State’s game during WVU’s bye week is a big conference game against Clemson.