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For now, there will be a football game in Gainesville on Saturday

It might change in the near future, but as of Wednesday afternoon, the No. 18 Florida Gators fully expect to host LSU for Saturday's noon game.

UF released a statement Tuesday saying there was no change in schedule for the game, which will be televised on ESPN, and said the same thing Wednesday morning.

"Obviously well aware of what could happen and the preparation for that," UF coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday on the weekly SEC Coaches Teleconference. "It’s one of those deals that whatever happens will obviously be the best for the campus, the state of Florida, first responders, all those type of things, but right now, we're planning to go ahead with whatever the plans were.”

Based on the latest forecast, Gainesville is expected to be hit by the outskirts of Hurricane Matthew between Thursday night and Saturday morning, at which point Matthew is projected to still be a Category 3 storm.

The university is monitoring the hurricane but UF Police Chief Linda Stump-Kurnick wrote in an email to UF students Wednesday that the uncertainty of the forecast makes it difficult for the school to jump to any conclusions.

"If the area is impacted by sustained tropical storm/hurricane force winds, the university will take appropriate steps to determine if normal operations need to be altered," Stump-Kurnick said.

UF is expected to have an update on the situation after 5 p.m.

Should the hurricane affect Saturday's kickoff, whether that means delaying the start, postponing the contest, or moving it to another venue, it would be the first time since the 2004 season that this occurred. In 2004, Florida's season opener against Middle Tennessee State pushed back to mid-November because of Hurricane Frances.




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