No matter what happens the remainder of the 2017 college football season, an asterisk should be attached to any final rankings and decisions made by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.
*The affects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were considered in the final rankings .
Since the early part of every college football season is played in the height of hurricane season, adjusting to acts of nature has always been part of the landscape. Games are postponed, cancelled, rescheduled, sites are flipped. But generally such instances have been isolated moments, although there have been times when one postponement really did change the outcome of the season.
Perhaps the most noteworthy change was in 1998 when UCLA had its game at Miami on Sept. 26th called off because of the threats of Hurricane Georges, which was in the South Florida area. The game was originally cancelled, but then rescheduled to Dec. 6.
It didn’t matter that on game day in September, the weather was warm and sunny since Hurricane Georges had missed the Miami area.
If the game had remained cancelled, UCLA would have finished the regular season with a 10-0 record and a No. 2 ranking in the BCS championship game in the Fiesta Bowl. But it was later rescheduled and Miami pulled off a 48-45 upset of the Bruins, knocking them out of the BCS title game.
Other weather related issues have occurred through the years—Notre Dame played a game at North Carolina State last fall in which the condition outside of Carter-Finley Stadium were treacherous, with flooded streets and high winds.
But college football, nor the country, has not seen a double hit over a three week period caused by Hurricane Harvey off the Texas coast and Hurricane Irma, which battered almost the entire state of Florida and sections of the Southeast.
Not since the 9-11 attacks in 2001 has college football had to deal with such a major disruption in the season. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.