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Hurricane Ian forces Florida Gators to move game against Eastern Washington

Kevin Brockway
Gator Sports
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The Florida-Eastern Washington football game, scheduled for this Saturday, has been moved to Sunday at noon in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, the University Athletic Association announced.

The game Sunday will still be on SEC Network Plus and available on ESPN+. 

The UAA will work with UF, local and state officials to monitor Hurricane Ian and any potential impacts on the newly scheduled date. On Tuesday morning, UF called off all classes Wednesday-Friday. 

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Eastern Washington (1-2), an FCS school, is slated to travel more than 2,700 miles across three time zones to play the game, which was postponed from 2020 to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Gators (2-2, 0-2 SEC) are looking to bounce back from a 38-33 loss at Tennessee on Saturday. Florida has access to its indoor practice facility to practice during the week and will adjust its routine if needed for the storm.

"Probably more important is we just hope everyone is prepared," Florida coach Billy Napier said Monday. "I know that we're going to have some wind and significant rain here, but we've got a lot of people in our state that are in for a rough ride here so our thoughts and prayers or with them as they prepare." 

Most game day activities, including tailgating, will remain the same for Sunday with the exception that there will be no road closure of University Avenue, resulting in a modified Gator Walk. Details on that will be available later this week. 

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