AAC revises its conference schedule in wake of Hurricane Irma
A total of seven teams were affected by the storm that hit Florida this month
A number of college football games were postponed or canceled in the wake of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Florida this month. Perhaps no conference was more affected by the storm than the American Athletic Conference. Because the game between USF and UConn had to be rescheduled, a total of five AAC teams had to revise their conference slate.
The USF-UConn game, originally scheduled for Week 2, has been rescheduled for Nov. 4. Here's how the rest of the games have been moved around.
UConn: UConn will host ECU Sunday, Sept. 24 (replacing an open date) and will host USF on Nov. 4 (replacing the original date of the ECU game). The game will be played on a Sunday due to the unavailability of Pratt & Whitney Stadium on Saturday.
USF: The Bulls will host Cincinnati on Saturday, Oct. 14 (replacing a previously scheduled game against Massachusetts), host Houston Saturday, Oct. 28 (replacing the original game against Cincinnati) and play at UConn Saturday, Nov. 4 (replacing the original game against Houston).
Cincinnati: The Bearcats will play at USF Saturday, Oct. 14 and will have its open date on Oct. 28 (replacing an Oct. 14 open date and the game at USF Oct. 28).
ECU: The Pirates will visit UConn Sunday, Sept. 24 (replacing an open date), will have an open date Saturday, Oct. 28 (replacing a game against Houston) and play at Houston Saturday, Nov. 4 (replacing the previously scheduled game against UConn).
Houston: The Cougars will play at USF Saturday, Oct. 28 (instead of Nov. 4) and host ECU Saturday, Nov. 4 (instead of Oct. 28).
"I would like to thank our presidents, athletic directors and our head football coaches for their outstanding collaboration and cooperation to resolve this unprecedented situation in as fair a manner as possible," said American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco in a statement. "I would also like to acknowledge and thank Ryan Bamford of UMass for his cooperation and understanding. This was not an easy process, but we feel that this revised schedule is a significant step toward giving us the best opportunity to decide our champion on the field."
Of note: the conference is still working on rescheduling a UCF-Memphis, as that game was also not played due to the hurricane.
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