Weather to Affect College football: Slingin' in the Rain

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Jason Lake

Saturday, September 23, 2017 12:22 PM GMT

Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017 12:22 PM GMT

There might be some nasty weather for a couple Saturday games, But the most affected could be between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the Florida State Seminoles. How should you adjust your college football picks?

They’ll play football in just about any weather, so if you want to make a sharp NCAAF pick, you have to pay attention to the elements. With that in mind, it’s time for your latest college football weather report. We begin in Tallahassee, where Saturday’s game (noon ET, ABC) between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the No. 12 Florida State Seminoles could turn out to be a wet one. There’s a 30-percent chance of thunderstorms over Doak Campbell Stadium at press time.

Playing in the rain tends to suppress scoring, so if you’ve got UNDER 51 in this matchup, you’re probably cheering for Mother Nature at this point. Our consensus reports at press time show almost two-thirds of bettors on the UNDER, knocking the total down from a high of 52 points on Friday. This is already an unusual game for the Seminoles; they haven’t played since Week 1 because of Hurricane Irma, and QB Deondre Francois (ruptured patellar tendon) was lost for the year in that season-opening loss to Alabama. There’s a good chance true freshman QB James Blackman will make his FBS debut in less than optimal weather conditions.

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Slingin’ in the Rain
Meanwhile, in South Florida, there’s a 40-percent chance of thunderstorms for Saturday’s matchup (3:30 p.m. ET, ACCNE) between the Toledo Rockets and the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes. Again, Miami has missed the past two weeks because of Irma, but the total for this game has jumped from 60.5 to 61 points in recent betting. Junior QB Malik Rosier will be making his second start for the ‘Canes this year and third overall as the team tries to get its new offense off the ground.

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Moving to the West, the Colorado Buffaloes are looking at a 40-percent chance of rain for Saturday’s Pac-12 opener (10:00 p.m. ET, FS1) against the No. 7 Washington Huskies. The total in this game has dropped from 51.5 at the open to 50 at press time; it’s a rematch of last year’s Pac-12 championship game, which Washington won 41-10 (UNDER 55.5) indoors at infamous Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

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For the biggest chance of rain on the Week 4 NCAAF odds board, we travel to War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, where the Wyoming Cowboys will host the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors Saturday night (10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN2). There’s a 60-percent chance of precipitation at kick-off, but it’s only expected to be light showers this time around. The total still took a dip from 58 to 57 points during Friday’s betting. Keep your eye on the skies for further developments, and as always, may the prolate spheroid be with you.

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