Rain Rain, Go Away: Weather to Impact Weekend College Football

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Doug Upstone

Friday, September 15, 2017 4:48 PM GMT

Friday, Sep. 15, 2017 4:48 PM GMT

Compared to what has been dealt with the last few weekends weather-wise, this feels like a sunny day at the beach! While all is quiet at the moment, there a chance of showers in a few places.

As we know when making college football picks, weather can matter. This time of year, the south continues to have showers and thunderstorms that can come quickly with all the humidity in the air. This can affect ball-handling and cause dropped passes. The other element that matters as much or more is when these storms happen, the wind kicks up and that plays more havoc than even the rain.

Otherwise, a steady shower is no fun to play in and it can cause a player or two to lose concentration, which might lead to unfortunate circumstances for him or his team.

Beating the college football odds is hard enough, adding an unscheduled development only makes it more difficult.

 

Friday Night Under the Lights - Drip, Drip, Drip

Like the state of Florida needs one more drop of rain, however, the forecast in Tampa is your typical isolated thunderstorms as the South Florida Bulls return to action to face the Big Ten's Fighting Illini. A potentially slicker field hurts USF with their skill players better known for speed and cutting, while Illinois is more plodding.

In the Southwest part of Texas, UTEP welcomes Arizona. Most might not know that these two were in the Western Athletic Conference at the same time from 1967-78, before the Wildcats joined the then Pac-8 the following year along with Arizona State. Both teams hope they are not required to bust out the rain gear with a chance of thunderstorms. UTEP will be without starting quarterback Ryan Metz and are 23-point underdogs, they do need not the weather to make it even harder.

 

September Showers Bring.....Fumbles?

OK, the April saying about showers does not play well this month and neither does playing in the precipitation.

Again looking in the south, the important Tennessee at Florida battle could see rain drops and the humidity will be putting in extra effort with an expected high near 90 degrees. The two newest additions to FBS football might also see some moisture as Coastal Carolina visits UAB. There might also be passing shower or two on the plains of Alabama, but it probably will not slow down Auburn taking on Mercer.

The south is not the only area that could see wet stuff falling as Notre Dame is at Boston College, though any rain is expected to be light and this is thought to be a defensive confrontation anyways.

We wrap up our football forecast in the Twin Cities where Middle Tennessee State plays Minnesota for the second time in four years at TCF Bank Stadium. As the local weather person might say, "The current forecast is calling for a chance of thunderstorms and rather toasty 83 degrees high for this time of year in Minneapolis."

Here is to hoping you don't need an umbrella and none of your selections are affected by the weather.

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