Game officials for the Florida-Idaho football game, as well as athletics directors from both schools, in conjunction with the Southeastern Conference, have determined that the game between the Gators and Vandals has been suspended. This is due to weather, unsafe and unplayable field conditions at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday night.
According to the NCAA rule book, if a game is suspended before the end of the fourth period and cannot be resumed, there are four possible options:
- Resume the game at a later date;
- Terminate the game with a determined final score;
- Forfeit of the game; or
- Declare a no contest.
The athletics directors from both schools, in consultation with the coaches, must agree on one of the four options listed above. This agreement will include the final score if the game is terminated.
If the game is resumed, it will begin with the same time remaining and under the identical conditions of down, distance, field position and player eligibility.
"It's unfortunate that the weather didn't cooperate for tonight's season opener," head coach Will Muschamp said. "After long discussions with the head referee, it was determined that the field conditions were too dangerous for the student-athletes."