- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Big Ten has changed the time of Michigan’s game at Maryland on Saturday, moving up kickoff by eight hours amid concerns over drenching rain and the approach of Hurricane Joaquin.

The hurricane was expected to hit the Bahamas and move toward the U.S., but a wide swath of the East Coast already had rain in the forecast this weekend.

“Our foremost priority is the safety and well-being of both teams, fans attending the game and staff,” Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson said in a statement announcing the change. “Our collective decision in working with the University of Michigan and the Big Ten Conference was to kick off as early as possible because of the unpredictable nature of Hurricane Joaquin. In addition, those participating, working and attending the game would not have to travel in the evening in potentially dangerous conditions.”

Maryland was among the states expected to see some of the heaviest rain. The game between the Terrapins (2-2) and No. 22 Michigan (3-1), now scheduled for noon, will be the Big Ten opener for both. It had been previously scheduled to be played at 8 p.m.

The league also pushed back the kickoff time for Nebraska at Illinois, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:02 p.m. ET, to accommodate any potential weather-related delays in earlier games.

Maryland is 1-3 all-time against Michigan, including a 23-16 road victory last season. The game will mark the first time the Terrapins have hosted Michigan.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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