How Hurricane Irma has impacted Florida athletics, plus more Florida football news

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Keeping an eye on Hurricane Irma

It was anticipated that Hurricane Irma, the Category 5 storm blasting the Caribbean and heading toward Florida, would impact the Gators’ home football opener on Saturday. The school made it official on Wednesday when it announced the game against Northern Colorado would be moved up to a noon kickoff from its original 7:30 p.m. start time. The game will be live-streamed through the SEC Network+. While the Gators — especially those from South Florida who have family in the direct path of the storm — are aware of Irma’s severity, they are trying to keep their focus on football. Florida coach Jim McElwain said he hopes the Gators game will take fans’ minds off Hurricane Irma for a few hours.

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Recruiting roundup

Our Zach Abolverdi on Wednesday continued his weekly recruiting mailbag, which centered around how the job uncertainty surrounding offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier could impact the Gators’ top recruits.

He also wrote that Florida has recruited enough highly rated players to produce a potent offense.

Sound Off

Our weekly Sound Off video series continued Wednesday with a recap of Michigan and a look at how Florida needs to improve its offense.

Early bowl projections

ESPN.com’s Kyle Bonagura and David M. Hale both have the Gators playing in the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville in their Week 1 bowl projections released on Wednesday.

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