Barry Jackson

UM football in flux after Irma, but next game set

Head coach Mark Richt (12) talks with players during football practice at the University of Miami on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.
Head coach Mark Richt (12) talks with players during football practice at the University of Miami on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. adiaz@miamiherald.com

The University of Miami football team doesn’t know when it will practice again but it does know when it will play its next game.

The Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday announced that UM’s game against Toledo on Sept. 23 will kick off at 3:30 p.m. from Hard Rock Stadium. It will be televised locally, but the TV carrier hasn’t been determined.

UM-Toledo was supposed to be Miami’s fourth game of the season. Instead it will be UM’s second, because Hurricane Irma forced the cancellation of the Sept. 9 game at Arkansas State and the postponement of the Sept. 16 game at Florida State.

The UM campus is closed this week and a school official said it was undetermined if or when the Hurricanes would practice this week. UM says classes will resume Sept. 18.

▪ Toledo is dangerous offensively. The Rockets are 2-0 after beating Elon 47-13 and winning 37-24 at Nevada on Saturday. Toledo plays host to Tulsa on Saturday before visiting UM on Sept. 23.

The Rockets rank 28th in total offense, with 979 yards in two games. They’re averaging 272 yards passing and 216 yards rushing.

▪ Though the ACC hasn’t said whether the rescheduled UM-FSU game on Oct. 7 will be televised nationally, it would seem to be ABC’s most appealing option for prime time that day, even more so if neither team stumbles before that.

Besides the Toledo game, UM plays Friday, Sept. 29 at Duke.

FSU will play North Carolina State at noon on ABC or ESPN2 on Sept. 23, then play at Wake Forest Sept. 30.

UCF CANCELS

With hundreds of National Guard members and emergency response vehicles descending on their campus and using their football stadium as a staging area in the cleanup after Irma, UCF canceled Saturday’s game with Georgia Tech.

This is the second game the Knights have had to cancel because of the storm. With last week’s cancelation of its game with Memphis, UCF is left with just 10 games this season.

UCF halted all school activities on Sept. 7 and say the school will not reopen until at least Thursday.

▪ Irma could impact Saturday’s big SEC clash between the host Gators and Tennessee as well.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey released a statement Monday afternoon: “Now that the storm has passed through Gainesville, the University of Florida is working with local authorities to assess the effect of the storm on the campus and the Gainesville community, at the same time ensuring the appropriate security and local officials are available to host a game.”

The Gators previously canceled their game with Northern Colorado last week as the storm approached Florida.

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