Florida Atlantic University announced on Thursday that this weekend’s game against Charlotte has been moved from Saturday to Sunday due to Hurricane Matthew.
The impending threat of the powerful storm forced FAU to move the game to noon on Sunday, though the school warned that the new date is tentative due to the unpredictable nature of the hurricane. Further decisions regarding the game could come on Friday after the storm is expected to have cleared the South Florida area.
Governor Rick Scott has already declared a state of emergency on account of the storm, which has been labeled as a Category 3 hurricane. Scott has called for evacuations to areas expected to be impacted by Matthew, while many people in South Carolina have been advised to do the same. The hurricane could grow to a Category 4 or 5 by the time it makes landfall in Florida.
As of Thursday morning, it was moving over the Bahamas.
The status of several other college football games slated to take place in Matthew’s projected path have still yet to be determined. As of now, Florida-LSU, Miami-Florida State and Georgia-South Carolina are still on as originally scheduled. Decisions regarding the possibility of rescheduling games should come at some point on Thursday or Friday.
FAU has gotten off to a rough 1-4 start to the season following their 33-31 loss to Florida International last Saturday. Charlotte is also 1-4, with each of the four losses coming in blowout fashion. The 49ers’ lone win came in Week 2 over Elon while the Owls toppled Southern Illinois in their season-opener.