MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A strong tropical depression that is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane could have an impact on this weekend’s game between Miami and Florida State.
The 2017 hurricane season has already had a major impact on college football, especially with the two aforementioned Florida rivals.
Miami cancelled its game against Arkansas State and the Seminoles called off their matchup with Louisana-Monroe because of Hurricane Irma last month.
Additionally, the Hurricanes-FSU game originally scheduled for September 15 in Tallahassee was moved to this Saturday.
Now the game pitting the defensively dominant No. 13 Hurricanes against the disappointing, unranked Seminoles is again in jeopardy thanks to this newly formed depression that is expected to become Tropical Storm Nate sometime Wednesday.
“You really can only control what you can control,” Hurricanes coach Mark Richt said Wednesday. “We’ll let the administration figure all that out. Coming off the bus was the first I’ve heard of it. I didn’t really think about it. We’re going to keep practicing and preparing and getting ready to play.”
Both schools are monitoring the path of the storm, which is currently predicted to make landfall in northern Florida on Sunday.
“We are monitoring the tropical storm and will continue to do so throughout the week,” an FSU official said in a statement to the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday.
The University of Miami released a similar statement later in the day.
“We are monitoring the situation and are in communication with both Florida State University and the Atlantic Coast Conference office,” University of Miami spokesman Camron Ghorbi told CBS4.
With potential impact still several days away it is too early to know exactly when and where the storm will hit.
As it currently stands, kickoff between Miami and Florida State is set for 3:30 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium.