There were rumors about it earlier today, but this afternoon it was confirmed that UCF and Georgia Tech had agreed to cancel the game on Saturday. There were a couple of reasons for this. First, UCF has turned their campus and especially the area around their stadium into a staging point for recovery efforts. Hosting a game would get in the way of helping people who have been affected by Hurricane Irma. The second big reason is that many of the UCF football players evacuated Orlando. Getting the entire team and staff together for a game was questionable for Saturday. All of us love Georgia Tech football and are probably disappointed to lose a game, but this was a very understandable decision.
Florida State vs. Miami this upcoming Saturday was moved back as well. Unlike that game, GT and UCF have different bye weeks and since it was not a conference game, this game was not a priority. UCF has a return game scheduled in 2020 which could also be affected by this cancellation. Kelly Quinlan reported that GT potentially contacted Georgia Southern about playing this Saturday in Atlanta, but that seems unlikely. I’m not sure how bowl eligibility will work with the large number of cancellations, but if I had to guess, teams that are 5-6 will be given priority over teams that are 5-7 for selection. Given that we have seen several 5-7 teams make a bowl each of the last couple years, I don’t think this will end up effecting the bowl season.
While it is disappointing to not be able to play this weekend, a small part of me is relieved. GT was less than a field goal favorite in the early lines that were released and I agreed with that. This UCF team has a scary offense and they would be keyed into this game. Now, Georgia Tech has a bye to rest up before a critical game against Pitt. Even before the season, many saw this as a key game, and it looks even more important now. Pitt has had some struggles in their first two weeks, but will surely come to play in their ACC opener.