It’s a cool, rainy day in Iowa City this Friday, the eve of college football’s return to historic Kinnick Stadium. While that may put a damper on some of the campus visits occurring for a number of football and basketball prospects this weekend, as well as those of you planning to attend the FryFest activities in Coralville ahead of Saturday’s season opener, it’s not likely to impact Iowa’s week one matchup with #17 Indiana.
After weeks of high temps and limited rain in eastern Iowa, the weather pattern has shifted and temperatures are almost fall like heading into the first full weekend of college football. Once Friday’s rain clears out, that appears to be shaping up for a near picture-perfect afternoon for football on Saturday.
Game Day Weather Forecast
Kickoff is set for 2:30pm CT with temps expected to be in the mid-70s for the duration of the game. AccuWeather is calling for mostly sunny skies with some intermittent clouds and chances of precipitation around 20%.
Beyond being a beautiful day to soak up your first live action in Kinnick Stadium in nearly two years, it’s going to be nearly perfect playing condition. The minimal chance for precipitation should mean no impacts on game planning.
The forecast is also calling for mild winds around 10 MPH out of the north-northwest (from the north end zone, press box side) with gusts up to 13 MPH. That should have no impact on the passing game or the kicking game.
With the weather forecast so great, there’s been no impact on the game line this week. Things opened around -5.5 for the Hawkeyes but for the last week plus, the Hawkeyes have been favored by around 3.5 points at most books. Here’s an updated look at the gambling line for Saturday’s week one matchup.
As noted this morning, most of the BHGP staff is taking the Hawkeyes in this one up to a 4-point spread. The over/under is too close to call.
As always, travel and bet responsibly. Go Hawks!