Hurricane Irma forced the postponement of South Florida's game Saturday at UCONN due to travel concerns for the Bulls. In the days since, however, officials for both programs and with the American Athletic Conference have said they've discussed the possibility of altering some of the league's schedule in order to accommodate a make-up of the game cancelled. A cancellation could have negative conference championship and bowl implications.
Today, the conference announced it has made a couple of moves to the league schedule. Two of those directly effect Cincinnati.
The Bearcats will now play Oct. 14 at South Florida. That game had originally been set for Oct. 28. The latter date will now be the Bearcats' bye week, which was set for Oct. 14.
Check out the full release below from the AAC for the full list of changes:
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"The American Athletic Conference has announced a number of changes to its 2017 football schedule, including a rescheduled date for the game between USF and UConn that was not played last week in advance of Hurricane Irma.The USF-UConn game will be played Saturday, Nov. 4, at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut. To accommodate the rescheduled date, games involving three other American Athletic Conference teams have been adjusted as well.
"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. "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."
The changes to the 2017 schedule for each team are as follows:
UConn will host ECU Sunday, Sept. 24 (replacing an open date) and will host USF Saturday, 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 will host Cincinnati Saturday, Oct. 14 (replacing a previously scheduled game against Massachusetts), will host Houston Saturday, Oct. 28 (replacing the original game against Cincinnati), and will play at UConn Saturday, Nov. 4 (replacing the original game against Houston).
Cincinnati will play at USF Saturday, Oct. 14 and will have its open date Oct. 28 (replacing an Oct. 14 open date and the game at USF Oct. 28).
ECU will visit UConn Sunday, Sept. 24 (replacing an open date), will have an open date Saturday, Oct. 28 (replacing a game against Houston), and will play at Houston Saturday, Nov. 4 (replacing the previously scheduled game against UConn).
Houston will play at USF Saturday, Oct. 28 (instead of Nov. 4) and will host ECU Saturday, Nov. 4 (instead of Oct. 28).The American is continuing its efforts to reschedule the game between Memphis and UCF, which also was not played due to Hurricane Irma."