MIAMI (AP) - No. 18 Florida's home game against LSU has been postponed because of looming Hurricane Matthew, which has already been blamed for more than 100 deaths and is threatening the southeastern U.S. coast.
The Southeastern Conference announced the decision on Thursday. The SEC said efforts would be made to reschedule the game, though the Gators and Tigers do not have a common open date.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said "it became clear that the University of Florida could neither host nor travel to a game this weekend considering the circumstances."
Sankey says "the developments of the hurricane in the last 24 hours, the projected magnitude of its impact and the unknown aftermath of this storm have resulted in this decision to seek another date to play the LSU-Florida game. We have to be sensitive to the possible imminent disruption to the state of Florida and in particular the Gainesville and surrounding area."
A potential makeup date could be Nov. 19, but that would require both schools canceling nonconference games. No. 18 Florida hosts Presbyterian, and LSU hosts South Alabama.
Charlotte at Florida Atlantic was also postponed.
Saturday night's game that has No. 23 Florida State visiting No. 10 Miami remains on as scheduled, though officials remain somewhat cautious. The fate of Saturday's Georgia at South Carolina football game also remained unclear.
A major issue with games in Florida this weekend isn't the weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday, because those days look to be generally fine around the state. It's whether police, first responders and other key personnel needed at football games that draw massive crowds will be deployed to assist in areas that will take the brunt of Matthew's wrath.