Holly Battle

Holly Battle and her 2-year-old daughter, Abigail, head to will-call to pick up their tickets before the Wisconsin Badgers football game against Florida Atlantic University. Battle, whose husband works for the Florida Atlantic athletic department, said she doesn't often go to away games, but because of Hurricane Irma, she and her family came along to Madison.


Hurricane Irma has caused destruction throughout Florida, and some Big Ten teams' schedules have been thrown into flux as a result.

While many Big Ten coaches said the families of their players from Florida are safe, some teams with upcoming games against teams from the state have had to monitor the effects the storm has had on future opponents.

Indiana's Saturday home game against Miami-based Florida International has been canceled. On Tuesday, the Hoosiers announced a replacement home game against Charleston Southern, an FCS school, on Oct. 7.

During Monday's Big Ten teleconference, a day before the rescheduling, Indiana coach Tom Allen said he is stressing the importance of flexibility to his players.

"We weren't expecting this latest turn," he said. "You have to be flexible. You have to adjust. It's not ideal. We put a plan into effect to maximize this week."

The Hoosiers started the season with a rare Thursday night game against Ohio State before winning last Saturday at Virginia.

"We thought we were finally going to get in the groove but we had to adjust," Allen said.

Maryland is off this weekend before a scheduled home game against Central Florida on Sept. 23. The Orlando-based Knights canceled their home games last Friday against Memphis and Saturday against Georgia Tech.

That will leave Terrapins coach DJ Durkin with little game film on the Knights.

"It really hasn't changed our schedule at all," he said. "If they had played two more games, (there could be more) film evaluation but in terms of our own players and schedule it wouldn't change. ... That stuff is out of our control."

Illinois' game against South Florida remains scheduled for Friday night in Tampa.

South Florida's game at Connecticut last Saturday was canceled as the USF campus closed ahead of the storm. Illinois offered to host the game, which will be played as planned at Raymond James Stadium. The teams are scheduled to play next season at Soldier Field.

Illinois coach Lovie Smith downplayed the early uncertainty about the game's status.

"We played two games and they've played two games," he said. "I feel like we have enough information to prepare for them. I don't think that changes if you miss (one) game."

South Florida announced Tuesday that first responders and high-school football teams can attend Friday's game for free.