As expected, this Saturday’s game between No. 18 UCF and North Carolina in Chapel Hill has been canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Florence. According to a press release, the two sides will “continue to discuss the feasibility of playing the game at a later date this season.”
The press release also stated that replacing the Tar Heels with another opponent during a bye week is unlikely. The Knights’ only open date is Oct. 27, but playing a game that day would mean a short week before their matchup with Temple on Nov. 1.
This is the third straight season that UCF has had a game impacted due to the threat of a hurricane. Back in 2016, a Friday night home game against Tulane was postponed to a later date because of Hurricane Matthew. Last year, Hurricane Irma forced a lot of reshuffling with the schedule. A game with Memphis had to be moved to Sept. 30, which knocked Maine off the schedule, and a home contest with Georgia Tech was rescheduled for 2022. UCF replaced Maine on the schedule by playing Austin Peay on its open weekend.
Tickets bought directly through either UCF or UNC will be refunded automatically. The Knights will now shift focus to their Sept. 21 game against FAU at Spectrum Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.