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College Football: Maryland-Michigan kickoff moved to noon

Saturday's Maryland-Michigan game has been rescheduled to noon from 8 p.m. because of impending inclement weather from Hurricane Joaquin, the school announced Thursday.

The game was scheduled to be a nationally televised night game on the Big Ten Network. Maryland had been billing the game as a "blackout" and was expecting a sellout crowd. The game will still be televised on Big Ten Network.

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On Wednesday morning, the Big Ten Network canceled its scheduled broadcast of "BTN Football Pregame" from outside Byrd Stadium and cited "safety concerns for the fans and the production crew and the uncertainty surrounding the storm's path."

Around noon Thursday, the "gamefinder" feature on the Big Ten Network's web site listed Maryland-Michigan as a noon game.

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Some Maryland players said Tuesday they didn't know there was inclement weather forecasted to hit College Park.

"We're kind of a weather-proof team, I think," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh told The Detroit News on Wednesday. "So it's not something we're really concerned about.

"We'll play anywhere. We'll play on the moon or Mars. They found water there, so maybe that's our next spot."

This is the second game Maryland game affected by weather this season. The Terps' loss to Bowling Green on Sept. 12 had a lengthy weather delay because of lightning in the area.

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