The Gators won’t be playing this weekend.
Another college football game has been canceled.
As the southeast prepares for Hurricane Irma, college sporting events have been canceled across the board.
On Thursday afternoon, Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin announced that the Gators will not be playing their game against Northern Colorado on Saturday.
From the release:
“We have been in constant communication this week with University and government officials. As the Hurricane’s track has approached the state of Florida, it’s become obvious that playing a football game is not the right thing to do. The focus of our state and region needs to be on evacuations and relief efforts. There is a tremendous amount of stress currently on the roads of this state, and the availability of gas, water and other supplies are at critical levels. Playing a college football game Saturday would only add to that stress.
Gainesville is also close to some of Florida’s heaviest traffic points this week, specifically Interstate 75, which is a key statewide evacuation route.”
It’s the right decision, as the region prepares for one of the largest hurricanes in recorded history. You can read the full release from the University of Florida here.
The game was initially moved up to a 12:00 p.m. E.T. start time. No makeup date has been scheduled at this time.