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LSU-Florida game stays in Gainesville; final start time to be decided Thursday

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The LSU-Florida football game will be played in Gainesville on Saturday, however, officials have not made a final decision on the start time. 

The game is scheduled to be played in Gainesville, Florida at 11 a.m. CST (noon EST) Saturday, but the kickoff could be changed because of the threat of Hurricane Matthew.

The area is expected to feel the effects of Hurricane Matthew, which is expected to pass along Florida’s coast by Friday morning. The chance of sustained tropical storm force winds is up to 64 percent for Gainesville in the advisory released on Wednesday afternoon. 

If Hurricane Matthew keeps its current status as a major hurricane, with winds of 110 mph or more as a Category 3 or higher, it will be the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in October 2005. 

WAFB Meteorologist Steve Caparotta said the latest track, as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, shows the storm's predicted track is now even closer to the east coast of Florida with a potential landfall near Cape Canaveral as a Category 4 storm. 

This is the second time in two years that an LSU game has been affected because of weather. 

Last year, the South Carolina-LSU game was relocated to Tiger Stadium after heavy rain caused flooding in Columbia, SC. 

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