Hurricane Irma leads Indiana and Florida International to cancel Saturday’s football game

UPDATE: Indiana has scheduled Charleston Southern for Oct. 7, its original bye week. Season-ticket holders will receive a package in the mail with new tickets (and parking, if applicable).

Otherwise, you must send a note to by Monday, Sept. 18 for a ticket exchange or refund. [Complete details]

The Indiana Hoosiers (1-1) will not be playing Saturday at Memorial Stadium. As a result of Hurricane Irma, expected to be the most extensive hurricane to hit the United States in history, IU and Florida International decided to cancel their football game, which was set to be played Saturday (Sept. 16) afternoon.

The decision to cancel the game was finalized Monday night.

FIU, in fact, has cancelled all sporting events through Sunday.

According to the press release, IU is “working diligently to try and find an opponent to play at Memorial Stadium on October 7th, the team’s previously scheduled bye week.” The challenge will be in finding a school with a free date.

[Click here for IU football’s full schedule.]

Doing so is critical to the team’s chances at winning six games to qualify for a third consecutive bowl game. Following the cancelation of this FIU game, Indiana has 11 games on its schedule and just two non-conference games. The UVA victory was one, and they will host Georgia Southern on Sept. 23.

The Hoosiers, meanwhile, are coming off an impressive 34-17 road win at the University of Virginia on Saturday. That was Tom Allen’s first win as IU head coach.

Now the team will have their bye week early in the schedule, and the athletic department will work to find an opponent for Oct. 7.

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