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Florida Atlantic won’t charge admission for Sunday’s rescheduled game

September 17, 2016: Florida Atlantic Owls quarterback Jason Driskel (16) hands the ball off to Florida Atlantic Owls running back Gregory Howell Jr. (9) during the Florida Atlantic Owls game versus the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, KS. The Wildcats won the game 63-7.
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Hurricane Matthew put a damper on Florida Atlantic and Charlotte’s original plan to match up Saturday in Boca Raton. With the game being pushed ahead to Sunday, the Florida Atlantic program will not be charging admission for the game with the switch to Sunday, according to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.

The game, which will be played on Sunday at noon, was the third option for the programs, trumping the idea of moving the game to Saturday evening. Charlotte and Florida Atlantic have their bye weeks on a separate slot, which made it difficult to reschedule.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is in the path of Hurricane Matthew,” FAU athletic director Pat Chun said in a statement. “Supporting our community, state and region is the current focus of FAU Athletics. We thank our friends at Charlotte for their understanding and assistance.”

The 49ers and Owls are similar in some ways, in that both programs have only one win each with both victories coming versus FCS opponents. Charlotte defeated Elon in Week 2 and Florida Atlantic edged Southern Illinois in their home-opener to kick off the season. The 49ers are off a 35-point drubbing to Old Dominion while the Owls dropped their annual Shula Bowl to the Florida International Golden Panthers last Saturday.

The inclement weather has affected a number of games throughout the Week 6 slate. Tulane and Central Florida – which was to be held in Orlando – has been postponed, as has the SEC matchup between the LSU Tigers and Florida Gators, which has already caused a stir among the college football landscape.

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