Saturday's game between Fresno State and Colorado in Boulder is still scheduled to be played, despite heavy rains and flooding that has damaged more than a quarter of the buildings on campus.
The school cancelled classes through at least Friday because about 40 buildings on campus have water damage. Students living in family housing near Boulder Creek had to evacuate.
Fresno State athletic director Thomas Boeh told the Fresno Bee that weather would not prevent the game from being played. The Boulder Daily Camera reported that Folsom Field, which is on higher ground, is expected to be in good enough condition to be played on Saturday.
The Colorado athletic department tweeted on Thursday that "Folsom Field is fine and there is no flooding. At present there are no issues with the game on Saturday other than parking."
Boulder authorities told thousands of people living in the area to evacuate because rivers and creeks were rising to dangerous levels.
At least three people were killed and another is missing because of the flooding. Others were forced to seek shelter elsewhere. Boulder County spokesman James Burrus said that 17 people were still unaccounted for Friday morning.
President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration Thursday night for federal aid and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate efforts for disaster relief.