Thursday Update: The game is being moved from Jacksonville to Tallahassee, according to Orlando Sentinel reporter Chaunte’l Powell.
The same Director of Public Affairs just said the FSU vs Boise State game is being moved to Tallahassee Saturday at noon.
— Chaunte'l Powell (@chauntelpowell) August 29, 2019
The game will kickoff at noon ET and air on ESPNews.
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 29, 2019
Coach Harsin says game being moved to Tallahassee at noon ET Saturday pic.twitter.com/oylYGmDdtc
— Will Hall (@WillHallKTVB) August 29, 2019
The return of football season is great except for two unfortunate, unavoidable byproducts: big injuries and big weather.
It seems like it’s a yearly thing now that at least one week of games is marred by oncoming hurricanes — obviously, the fact that football games are disrupted or cancelled is far, far, far from the worst thing about hurricanes… but this is a football website — and 2019 is getting an early start.
Tropical Storm Dorian has been upgraded to Hurricane Dorian, and the Florida State-Boise State game is directly in its path. The Seminoles and Broncos are set to open their season at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday night in Jacksonville, which is right about the time and place Dorian is expected to make landfall.
Tropical-storm-force winds from #Dorian could begin in parts of Florida *as early as* Saturday or Saturday night. Now is the time to begin thinking about what kinds of preparations you might need to make over the next couple of days. https://t.co/f5cqCroirU pic.twitter.com/mIGTVR6SUG
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 28, 2019
This is Murphy’s Law territory for Boise State, whose 2018 First Responder Bowl appearance was called off in the first quarter due to lighting and heavy rain.
“We are monitoring weather projections for the potential storm, as are the officials in Jacksonville, at Boise State, and at ESPN and the ACC,” Florida State AD David Coburn told the Idaho Statesman. “It is too soon to make any decisions, but when they are made, the safety of the student-athletes and the fans attending the game will, as always, be the top priority.”
Boise State arrives in Jacksonville tomorrow, and presumably the Broncos would be willing to play at any point between their airplane’s landing and Dorian’s arrival.
We've waited long enough, 🐴 Nation.
The 2019 campaign begins Saturday in Jacksonville!
— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) August 27, 2019
From an FBS perspective, FSU-Boise is the only game in danger.
Florida and Miami are both off this week after playing on Week 0, UCF plays on Thursday night, USF hosts Wisconsin on Friday, and FIU, Florida Atlantic and Georgia Southern are all on the road.
Sadly, though, that might just mean the rest of the Sunshine State’s time in Mother Nature’s crosshairs is just waiting for later in the fall.
We’ll update this article with any major developments. In the meantime, everyone stay safe out there.