NOAA via AP

Miami's road game at Arkansas State cancelled due to Hurricane Irma concerns.

By Scooby Axson
September 06, 2017

Saturday's scheduled contest between the University of Miami and Arkansas State has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.

The game was scheduled to kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET from Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, Ark.

The now Category 5 storm is in the Caribbean and tracking to hit the South Florida region sometime over the weekend,

The game will not be rescheduled this season, as the only bye week the Hurricanes have is the weekend of Oct. 7. Arkansas State's bye week is in November.

The decision to cancel these athletic contests is difficult, especially as some are scheduled to take place away from Miami," Miami athletic director Blake James said. "However, we made the collective decision that we simply cannot put our student-athletes, coaches and staff in danger travelling to and from contests."

Several other sporting events have been affected because of the storm.

Central Florida and Memphis will now play on Friday in Orlando to avoid Hurricane Irma.

Sunday's NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not be played, and was rescheduled for Week 11 when the teams originally had a bye week.

Miami opened the season by beating Bethune-Cookman 41–13, while Arkansas State lost to Nebraska 43–36.

The 16th-ranked Hurricanes next plays at Florida State on Sept. 16.

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