Earlier this season, FCS school Merrimack College had to move a nighttime kickoff up a few hours to help fans avoid mosquitos.

Currently, the New England area is being plagued by Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a scary mosquito-borne illness that causes brain swelling and may result in seizures, paralysis and death.

The kickoff time changes have now reached the FBS level, as UConn will move its game against USF on Saturday from 7 p.m. local time to noon, according to Brett McMurphy:

Some Connecticut towns are even implementing curfews regarding outdoor public activities due to the spreading virus.

Stay safe out there, football fans!