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Maryland football's game vs. Michigan moved to noon start

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It's official: With Hurricane Joaquin headed toward Maryland, the Terps and Wolverines' kickoff is moving from 8 p.m. to noon.

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The football game between Maryland and Michigan on Saturday will be played at noon instead of the previously planned 8 p.m., the Terrapins announced Thursday. Hurricane Joaquin is bearing down on Maryland and much of the eastern United States.

"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. "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."

With Joaquin on its way, the Big Ten Network announced on Wednesday that it's postponing a planned pregame show in College Park this weekend due to safety concerns from the weather threat. BTN will still televise the game.

Fans should continue continue to watch for updates from the National Weather Service and outlets such as The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang for the latest on Joaquin's possible impact.