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Weather forces cancellation of Idaho-Florida game

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Mother Nature has forced the unveiling of Florida’s new-look offense to be delayed by a week.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m. ET, UF announced that its season opener at The Swamp against Idaho has been “terminated due to unsafe field conditions.”  The game had been scheduled to kick-off at seven o’clock local time, but severe thunderstorms prompted what turned into a nearly three-hour delay.

NCAA rules dictate that any lightning strike within eight miles of a stadium triggers a delay of no less than one hour.

Play resumed around 10 ET, but yet another lightning strike immediately following the opening kickoff return prompted yet another delay.  Once that second delay happened, the NCAA rulebook kicked in again.

There has been no makeup date scheduled, although it was initially reported that the game wouldn’t be rescheduled and the two teams would instead settle for 11-game seasons.  However, it was subsequently reported that the game could be made up.

Both teams have off-weekends Oct. 25, so that’s certainly a possibility.

As for photographic evidence of why the game was cancelled, it’s very easy to see:

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24 Responses to “Weather forces cancellation of Idaho-Florida game”
  1. jaydm84 says: Aug 30, 2014 10:58 PM

    Tried to stick it out at the stadium. Sweet kickoff return at least.

  2. bucsfan3 says: Aug 30, 2014 11:03 PM

    Why can’t they play it tomorrow?

  3. packergator says: Aug 30, 2014 11:05 PM

    Not sure what TPTB were thinking with a 7p start time. Anyone who lives down here knows that in the summer, under very humid conditions, heavy thunderstorms are more likely in the late afternoons or evenings. Probably should have played at 12p or 1p. Maybe trying to get extra TV money for playing a prime time game?

  4. packergator says: Aug 30, 2014 11:07 PM

    Gators now have only two games to get ready for Bama in Tuscaloosa; not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

  5. derekgorgonstar says: Aug 30, 2014 11:10 PM

    Remember when they used to play football in inclement weather?

    Did I miss a damn meeting about this or something? Have we had a rash of players passing away on the fields from lightning strikes?

    Can’t wait for Tennessee/Alabama to get cancelled when it’s partly cloudy.

  6. stairwayto7 says: Aug 31, 2014 12:03 AM

    Gator can’t play in water? This is why the SEC won’t play any team with a temp before 50%outside the conference in Nov on the road!

  7. dallashomer says: Aug 31, 2014 12:13 AM

    You can’t spell CHEATERS without SEC.

  8. blacknole08 says: Aug 31, 2014 12:23 AM

    UF can’t even beat the weather.

    I guess 4-7 will have to do.

  9. blacknole08 says: Aug 31, 2014 12:26 AM

    If they cant make up this game the Gators should be ineligible for the SEC Championship game, if they make it that far.

    No reason they cant play this game on Sunday.

  10. overratedgators says: Aug 31, 2014 12:46 AM

    Something tells me the Gators will play wait and see, and if they suddenly find themselves on the verge of 5-6, second bowl ineligible season, this game will suddenly get rescheduled.

  11. 35longmiles says: Aug 31, 2014 7:18 AM

    Gator can’t play in water? This is why the SEC won’t play any team with a temp before 50%outside the conference in Nov on the road!
    ——————————————-

    Have another Yeungling you drunken idiot.

  12. mtheparrothead says: Aug 31, 2014 7:23 AM

    Yeungling? Is that the swill people in the sooth drink? Great zing. And yes, the gators suck.

  13. delashmit says: Aug 31, 2014 11:00 AM

    So the Swamp lived up to its name.

  14. hahapapa says: Aug 31, 2014 11:13 AM

    That’s the best Idaho has looked in years…

  15. jimbo75025 says: Aug 31, 2014 11:15 AM

    UF better be careful. They may very well need this game in order to be able to go to a bowl. The ADs should have just met and agreed to reschedule the game for today as it is already a holiday weekend anyway.

    Question though-if the game is cancelled in this manner are tickets refunded and Idahos money forgotten about? Seems like this would be one of their “money” games that allows then to really have a program. A million or so in lost revenue for them could be crippling since they already laid out the money for the trip.

  16. stairwayto7 says: Aug 31, 2014 12:06 PM

    God forbid an SEC team play in the rain. Must be 75 degrees or higher on grass so they can say how fast they are.

  17. hjt8610 says: Aug 31, 2014 12:24 PM

    Not sure what TPTB were thinking with a 7p start time. Anyone who lives down here knows that in the summer, under very humid conditions, heavy thunderstorms are more likely in the late afternoons or evenings. Probably should have played at 12p or 1p. Maybe trying to get extra TV money for playing a prime time game?

    They stopped playing afternoon games in August after the USF game a few years ago. The temperature in the stadium for the fans is just too hot.

  18. packergator says: Aug 31, 2014 12:25 PM

    dallashomer – So the SEC cheated by conjuring up massive thunderstorms that are pretty common in FL this time of year? Uh huh, right.

    I would guess that it’ll get made up during the 10/25 bye week no matter what the Gators’ record is.

  19. packergator says: Aug 31, 2014 12:28 PM

    hjt8610 – From experience I can tell you that it doesn’t get much better here in September.

  20. mcjon22 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:05 PM

    UF still hasn’t won a game since October 5, 2013

    Not even the spring game, which was a tie…

  21. swampcannons says: Aug 31, 2014 1:37 PM

    @stairwayto7:

    And God forbid that a B1G team actually hold onto a lead. But I’m sure the SEC cheated, that’s always the go-to excuse for B1G crybabies.

  22. Deb says: Aug 31, 2014 4:28 PM

    Omigosh, I hate stupid. Does anyone actually think those players–on either team–wanted to sit in that stadium for hours only to have their opening game canceled in the end. It had nothing to do with playing in the rain. It was about lightning, people. Two of my schoolmates have been killed by lightning strikes. Florida is the national leader in deaths by lightning and has more lightning per square mile than any other state in the country.

    Believe it or not, B1G fans, as good as our teams have been, the SEC does not control the weather. However, whine on. You do it so well.

  23. manik56 says: Sep 1, 2014 2:40 AM

    Vaginas

  24. Deb says: Sep 1, 2014 4:45 PM

    Now, there’s an intelligent comment. Vaginas. Women push 10-pound babies out their vaginas. Maybe we should call them testicles. One punch and you’re shrieking like a little baby.

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