One often overlooked aspect of college football game day is the impact weather can have. No, we’re not just talking about how it impacts playing conditions, but also road conditions (this is Iowa, after all, there is bound to be snow in November) and perhaps most importantly, tailgating conditions.
Each week we’ll be updating you on the forecast for game day so you can plan your day accordingly.
The Hawkeyes travel to Lincoln to play Nebraska on Black Friday in the last game of the regular season for both teams. While there is no chance for Iowa to win the Big Ten West, this game will be important for bowl positioning but even more importantly, to keep Nebraska from qualifying for a bowl.
The forecast is not surprising for this time of year. There is a chance of rain, snow, freezing rain, wind, and below freezing temperatures. All in all, the game plan will need to take into account the weather.
If you’re going to the game after some family time at Thanksgiving, you could run into some snow or even some freezing rain late on Thursday. As always when tailgating, dress warmly, hydrate properly and have some delicious food. As it gets closer to game time, the chances of rain really pickup and it will definitely be a cold rain. I predict there will be a lot of trash bag ponchos tomorrow.
By game time at 1:30 p.m., it will most likely be raining. Temperatures will try to get up to 40 degrees but without any sun and with winds gusting 10-20 mph, it won’t feel warm. In a nutshell, it will be a challenging weather day for both teams.
Black Friday games, specifically The Heroes Game, are awesome. I take the day off and start pre-gaming early as the family does something called shopping. If I was told Iowa could only win one game a year, it would be Nebraska for me. Their sense of entitlement is so insanely crazy that it is a wonderful feeling to knock them down a peg year after year and get off to a great start to the Christmas season. Remember Santa, I’ve been good this year, don’t let me down please.