Michigan’s football game at Maryland moved to noon

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh directs his players during warmups before an NCAA college football game against UNLV in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WOOD) — The University of Michigan’s football game at the University of Maryland on Saturday will be played earlier than scheduled as the threat of Hurricane Joaquin looms.

The Big Ten Conference announced on Thursday that the game will kickoff at noon on Saturday instead of 8 p.m. as originally scheduled.

Officials with the Big Ten, Maryland, and Michigan football programs have agreed that moving the game time was the right decision as the course of Hurricane Joaquin remains uncertain.

“The weather experts are still dealing with uncertain probabilities for the course of Hurricane Joaquin,” said Jim Hackett, interim Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. “Thus we remain vigilant on developments and will err on the side of safety for all participants and fans.”

Michigan (3-1), ranked 22nd in the latest Associated Press top-25 poll, and Maryland (2-2) will open their Big Ten schedules at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland.

The game will be aired live on Big Ten Network and BTN2Go.

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