Miami-Florida State 2017: Despite stormy forecast, kickoff time remains 3:30 p.m.

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3 p.m. Thursday update: 

UM officials said the game will remain a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

Saturday’s forecast in Tallahassee, according to Weather.com, calls for a high of 89 degrees with a possible “stray shower or thunderstorm.” Wind gusts of 24 mph are expected.

Sunday is expected to be stormy, with a 90 percent chance of rain and winds of 10 to 15 mph.

1:43 p.m. update: 

Officials from Miami, Florida State and the ACC continue to monitor Tropical Storm Nate, which strengthened overnight and continues to advance toward the Yucatan Peninsula on a possible track toward the Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle.

UM Athletics Director Blake James said in a message 1:30 p.m. Thursday that “as of right now” the Miami-Florida State game is still on track for 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. update Thursday that Nate is forecast to reach the northern Gulf Coast this weekend as a hurricane, and that Louisiana and the Panhandle should be watching its progress.

The projected path of the storm has shifted west — it was almost directly over Tallahassee yesterday, forecasters said — but the Panhandle could still be in for some bad weather this weekend.

Forecasters expect the storm to make U.S. landfall sometime Sunday morning, but conditions could deteriorate hours in advance.

Officials have discussed moving the game to noon Saturday, to allow attendees to travel home safely. Another option could be Friday night, though that seems less likely as the week goes on.

The rivalry game between No. 13 Miami (3-0, 1-0 ACC) and Florida State (1-2, 1-1) was already postponed once. Hurricane Irma, a powerful storm that hit Florida on Sept. 9-10, caused the teams and the ACC to agree to move their Sept. 16 game in Tallahassee to Oct. 7. Both teams had a bye that week.

It seems it would be in FSU’s best interests to keep the start time at 3:30.

The Tallahassee Democrat noted that “would be of great benefit to FSU as far as recruiting and atmosphere goes.

“This is the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for the Seminoles with a number of top prospects including potentially No. 1 overall player Justin Fields showing up for a visit,” reporter Wayne McGahee wrote. “A noon kickoff limits FSU’s ability to get recruits on campus in time for games, and a Friday night game almost completely takes that option away.”

 

“You really can only control what you can control,” UM coach Mark Richt said Wednesday. “We’ll let the administration figure all that out. … We’re going to keep practicing and preparing and getting ready to play.”

Both the Hurricanes and Seminoles canceled their Week 2 games (at Arkansas State and at home against Louisiana-Monroe, respectively) and spent more than five days out of practice. The Hurricanes went 10 days without an official practice, and spent a week in Orlando before returning home for a Sept. 23 game against Toledo.

With rain in the South Florida forecast this week, the Dolphins lent UM, which lacks an indoor facility, its practice bubble as a precaution. The Hurricanes took a 45-minute bus trip to practice there on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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