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Central Florida, Maryland's next football opponent, calls off second straight game

Central Florida, which is scheduled to play football at Maryland on Sept. 23, has called off its game for the second straight week because of Hurricane Irma.

The Golden Knights were scheduled to play Georgia Tech on Saturday in Orlando, but the school was forced to call off the game because the National Guard will use Spectrum Stadium as a staging area.

Practice time was also compromised by the fact that several UCF players have been allowed to be with their families, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The school is closed until Thursday.

Last week’s game against Memphis was called off Friday because of the impending hurricane. A final decision has not been made on whether either game will be played, but the opponents don’t have the same bye week as UCF.

“We’re honored to host the National Guard and play a part of helping our community and state recover from Irma,” UCF athletic director Danny White said in a statement.

Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury, who previously held the same position at UCF, said in a statement:  “We are in complete agreement with the decision. While we’re disappointed for both teams’ student-athletes, coaches and fans. Recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irma should be and is the top priority for UCF and the entire state of Florida.”

When Central Florida visits Maryland Stadium, the Golden Knights will not have played since their 61-17 season-opening win Aug. 31 over Florida International.

The game against the Terps is the second in a home-and-home series, with Maryland winning last year in double overtime.

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