The NFL announced Wednesday that the regular season opener between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins on Sunday has been postponed, pushed to the Week 11 bye week that both teams share, because of the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma in South Florida.
One other takeaway for the Bucs is that Doug Martin, the team’s starting running back who is suspended for the first three games of the season over a violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy, will now make his debut on Oct. 5 against the Patriots instead of a week earlier.
Down a level, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reported Wednesday that the University of Miami’s football game on Saturday at Arkansas State has been canceled and will not be made up because the teams do not have mutually available open dates.
Florida State announced Wednesday that the Seminoles’ football game against Louisiana-Monroe will be played Saturday at noon instead of at 7 p.m. Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin, meanwhile, said Tuesday on Twitter that the school hoped to play the Gators’ game against Northern Colorado on Saturday night as planned, with a decision coming Wednesday.
The University of Central Florida announced Tuesday that it was moving its football team’s game against Memphis from Saturday night to Friday evening in Orlando.
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