No. 18 Florida says LSU game will be played in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Number 18 Florida says its game against LSU scheduled for Saturday will be played in Gainesville.

The Gators continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Matthew and “its potential impact on campus and the safety of the fans,” and add that the game remains scheduled for noon Saturday at Florida Field.

A final decision on the start time of the game will be made by 1 p.m. Thursday as the school continues to track the storm. The Gators say the game “will not be moved out of Gainesville.” A later start is under consideration.

The latest predictions call for Hurricane Matthew to make landfall just north of Cocoa Beach, about 175 miles southeast of Gainesville, on Friday afternoon. Gainesville is expected to get 7-9 inches of rain.

The Tigers are scheduled to fly into Tampa and bus to Gainesville.

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