Hurricane Matthew raked Florida’s Atlantic coast on Friday as it made its way toward Georgia and South Carolina. At last check, around 1.5 million people in Florida have been ordered to evacuate along with around 500,000 people in South Carolina, and about 600,000 people in Florida are without power. This storm is not messing around, and authorities there are acting accordingly.

While our main concern is that everyone in the area stays safe, there are a number of sporting events on tap this weekend that could be altered by the oncoming storm. Here’s what we know so far, and we’ll keep updating this as the latest news comes in.

All times referenced here are Eastern.


Florida vs. LSU: This game, which was slated to be played at noon on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla., has been canceled and will not be made up, LSU AD Joe Alleva confirmed Friday morning.

Miami vs. Florida State: The game, scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, is still on according to University of Miami officials.

South Carolina vs. Georgia: Officials at the school in Columbia, S.C., announced Thursday that this game will be moved to Sunday at 2 p.m. due to the imminent weather. Gov. Nikki Haley has told school officials that the state will not allow any highway patrolmen to work the game, as they will almost certainly be needed elsewhere. According to Haley, the school usually requests between 100-200 patrolmen for football games.

Florida Atlantic vs. Charlotte: The game in Boca Raton, Fla., has been moved from Saturday at 3:30 p.m. to — tentatively — Sunday at noon. A final determination will be made after the storm has passed.

Central Florida vs. Tulane: Originally scheduled for Friday night in Orlando, the game has been postponed until Nov. 5.

South Florida vs. East Carolina: The game in Tampa will be played as scheduled on Saturday at noon.

Old Dominion vs. Massachusetts: Saturday’s scheduled game between the Monarchs and Minutemen in Norfolk has been moved to Friday at 8 p.m.


Dolphins vs. Titans: Miami team officials closed the team’s training facility on Thursday, which already was a scheduled day off for the players. The game, slated for 1 p.m. Sunday, is still a go as of Friday morning, and on Friday afternoon area officials announced that Hard Rock Stadium had passed its post-hurricane inspection. Game on.


Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway has been postponed until noon Sunday. NASCAR made the announcement late Saturday morning, as the Category 1 hurricane made landfall on South Carolina’s central coast and dropped heavy rain on the Charlotte area. In addition, the Xfinity Series race that was originally scheduled to take place Friday night then postponed to Sunday at 11 a.m., has been again rescheduled. It is now projected to start at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.


Florida Panthers: The Panthers have postponed Thursday night’s home preseason game against the Tampa Bay Lightning — no makeup date has been announced — but Saturday night’s home preseason game against the New Jersey Devils is still on.