A year after Hurricane Matthew nearly postponed Miami-FSU, and in a season where the rivalry game between the Canes and the Noles has already been rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma, there could be yet another storm on the horizon.
The new storm? The yet-to-be-named “Tropica Depression 16”, which could have Category 1 Hurricane status as it hits the Tallahassee area on early Sunday morning, but today’s projections.
University of Miami Athletic Director has already stated that his office is in communication with Florida State and the ACC regarding the storm. And, of course, several other outlets have written about this potential storm affecting games in Florida this weekend — Miami at FSU and LSU at Florida, a game that was affected by the threat of a Hurricane last year.
Here we go again? UM, FSU monitoring tropical system that could impact Saturday's game in Tallahassee...https://t.co/n4eVjNEEhg— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) October 4, 2017
Statement from FSU on Miami game, potential Tropical Storm Nate: “We are monitoring the tropical storm and will continue to do so throughout the week.” https://t.co/EYnNthD5FZ pic.twitter.com/vankZqZ8sC— Safid Deen (@Safid_Deen) October 4, 2017
Mother Nature could potentially get in the way of LSU-Florida and Miami-FSU...again https://t.co/KkzgHrHHjh— Morgan Moriarty (@Morgan_Moriarty) October 4, 2017
Now, unlike Miami-Arkansas State, this week’s ACC game against Florida State has to get played. I’m not saying it has to be played on Saturday if the weather is tropical storm or Hurricane level, but it will have to be played this season.
Miami and Florida State got lucky last year in that the storm that could have affected their scheduled game didn’t. But, with the game already having been rescheduled once this year, the lucky with Mother Nature may have run out.
We, along with the University of Miami, Florida State University, and the Atlantic Coast Conference, will continue to monitor the storm. Updates will be forthcoming, but for now, pray that the storm dissipates or shifts course.