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Around college football: Gators will host Vols as scheduled – Los Angeles Times

After inspecting the stadium, meeting with campus and Gainesville city officials, and assessing available resources, Florida decided its Southeastern Conference opener against Tennessee would be played as scheduled.

The SEC said Tuesday that the league opener between the No. 23 Volunteers (2-0) and the 24th-ranked Gators (0-1) will remain a 12:30 p.m. PDT kickoff at Florida Field, a.k.a. “the Swamp,” on Saturday, keeping the game intact less than a week after Hurricane Irma devastated parts of the Sunshine State. Florida’s scheduled home opener against Northern Colorado was canceled Thursday as the storm approached.

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said the decision was made after meeting with local officials. The Gators’ stadium sustained minor damage to signage.

“While we know how important it is for this campus and the Gainesville community to host a game, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those that have been impacted by the storm,” Stricklin said.

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