Hurricane Ian updates: College football schedule tracker with Florida, UCF, SMU moving games in Week 5 – CBS Sports

  • October 1, 2022

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The Southeastern portion of the United States is already dealing with the effects of Hurricane Ian as the first major tropical storm of 2022 arrives. The storm has inflicted heavy damage in parts of Florida and will continue making its way up through Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina by the weekend.
While it may not be swirling during some college football games on Saturday, it could certainly leave plenty of damage in its wake. Beyond that, emergency personnel in each state will be on high alert making services needed for game days — such as security — a lower priority for states when the same resources can be used to project the population.
As such, college football teams have already begun moving games. Some are changing locations. Others are moving days and being played either earlier or later in the week. Given the constantly changing situation caused by Hurricane Ian, CBS Sports will be updating all of the schedule changes and game updates constantly throughout the week. Keep it locked here for game information, schedule updates and much more through the weekend as Week 5 of the 2022 college football season remains in flux.
After initially rescheduling their Week 5 game from Saturday to Sunday due to the impact of Hurricane Ian, UCF and SMU will now play on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The moves makes sense given both programs are scheduled to have a bye in Week 6. It’s the conference opener for both squads and a game that could have a pretty significant impact on who reaches the AAC title game. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2. 
No. 22 Wake Forest and No. 23 Florida State are still slated to meet in Tallahassee on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. Florida State released a statement on Thursday that says that up to four tickets per person would be given to Florida residents displaced by Hurricane Ian.
Thursday update from ⁦@SeminoleAlford⁩. See y’all Saturday #NoleFamily pic.twitter.com/FKuV9w1KDl
The Georgia Southern at Coastal Carolina football game scheduled for 4 p.m. ET Saturday has been moved to a 7 p.m. ET kickoff due to the potential impact of Hurricane Ian.
UCF was set to host SMU on Saturday afternoon, but Hurricane Ian has delayed that kickoff. The Knights and Mustangs will meet at FBC Mortgage Stadium in Orlando on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Television coverage for the key AAC matchup will be determined at a later date. 
No. 23 Florida State is set to host No. 22 Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon, and that appears to still be the case … for now. 
FSU AD Michael Alford: “We remain confident we will be able to safely host Saturday’s football game against Wake Forest at its scheduled kickoff time.”
No. 22 Wake Forest is scheduled to travel to Tallahassee, Florida, to take on No. 23 Florida State on Saturday afternoon, but the hurricane has put the time and location of that game in doubt. Demon Deacons coach Dave Clawson said Tuesday that player safety is his biggest concern no matter what decision the ACC makes regarding the status of the game.
Clawson: “You certainly hope that the ACC will make the right decision. If they don’t, we will. We’re not going to travel down there and put anyone at risk.”
Florida’s home game with Eastern Washington, originally scheduled for Saturday at noon ET, has been moved to Sunday at noon ET at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. All tickets that were issued for Saturday will be honored for Sunday afternoon’s game.
Originally scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, the game will see a site location change to Boca Raton at Howard Schnellenberger Field, the home stadium of FAU, who is not in town for its Week 5 game as the Owls will be playing at North Texas in Denton, Texas. The game will now kickoff at 2 p.m.
Originally scheduled for Saturday at noon ET, the game will now be played Thursday at 7 p.m. Television coverage has not been announced at this time. Fans with tickets for Saturday’s matchup will be able to use them for Thursday night’s game. 
“Due to the potential impact of the hurricane on Columbia and the surrounding area, it is in the best interest of safety to play the game on Thursday rather than Saturday afternoon,” South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said. “I appreciate the cooperation of South Carolina State head coach Buddy Pough, the South Carolina State administration and the Southeastern Conference officials who worked closely to make the appropriate operational adjustments in order to accommodate this change in the schedule.”
Tanner added: “Based on the current forecast and expected weather conditions as well as information from our campus, state and local law enforcement agencies, at this time, the University is confident in our ability to host the game on Thursday at Williams-Brice Stadium. We will be able to staff traffic, law enforcement, security and other game day operations. The safety of everyone affected by the storm and the minimization of the impact on emergency personnel were the most important factors considered in making the decision,”

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