landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
UPDATE - It's been a beautiful morning with sunshine and warm temps! We're starting to see rain showers across the western side of the state, and in the northeastern lower. Precip models show the first part of the game being mostly dry, maybe a stray shower, but the end of the game looks to be more iffy, especially leaving the game - fingers crossed it holds off, but it's a close call. We've still got potential for strong storms through the evening, with the main threats being wind gusts to 60mph and 1" hail. The plus side is, storms won't last long- they'll move from the southwest towards northeast at 40mph.
Low pressure moving through northern Minnesota and into Canada will bring a warm front through Saturday morning, followed by a cold front going into the evening and overnight. This will give us warm, breezy weather throughout the game, and some scattered showers and storms. Some of the storms may be strong, so we'll keep an eye on it. Our main threats will be large hail and damaging wind gusts. Winds are out of the SW all day.
If you're heading out early it'll be chilly! You may also run into some fog. Waking up to temperatures in the upper 40s, but they'll reach the low 50s quickly after sunrise. Hitting 60 degrees by mid-morning, and 70 for lunch. The start of the day shouldn't be much to worry about - lots of sunshine with gradually increasing cloud cover, with rain chances beginning in the afternoon. Winds will also increase, out of the southwest at 10mph (leaves blow about) mid-morning, up to the mid teens by lunch, with gusts in the low 20s (small branches move).
More clouds by the time we reach kick-off, and we're looking at scattered showers and storms popping up. Warm, with temps sitting at the high for the day of 79 degrees. Winds are out of the SW in the mid teens, with gusts to 30mph possible (empty trash cans tip over, you can sometimes hear the wind whistling).
Still hanging on near 80, with scattered showers and storms possible. Winds have started to die down though, out of the SW in the low teens with gusts in the low 20s.
Showers and storms become likely ending the game, and they continue to pass through overnight and into Sunday. The wind will calm down a little - we get rid of the gusts in the evening - and they'll settle in out of the SW at 10mph overnight. Temperature-wise, we stay mild - mid 70s at the end of the game, and down to the mid 60s in the late night, and low 60s if you're out for last call - celebrating a win!
Christina Burkhart is a meteorologist for ABC in Flint, MI. She grew up in Ann Arbor and associates Saturdays with Michigan football. Go Blue!!
My wife needs a weekend away from the kids. We're leaving Ann Arbor and heading to Kalamzoo for the afternoon and night. We're golfing Sunday morning, but I need a good place to watch the Minnesota game...suggestions?
As I've been perusing the weekly NFL/NCAA articles on the wonder that is "MSU QB U" (Hoyer, Stanton, Cousins) [barf] and why the Big 10 is complete garbage I came upon a startling stat - the Big 10 has not had a 1st round draft pick at QB since 1995 - Kerry Collins. I've cited the lack of elite QB talent in the conference a few times the past few years but growing up in an era where the average to decent Big 10 teams threw out Chuck Longs and Jeff Georges (say what you will about their NFL careers but these guys were gunslingers in college and drafted very early), that data point was a pretty damn sharp slap to the face.
Yes draft position doesn't mean the end all be all about success in the NFL, but consider QBs generally get drafted much higher than they should be on talent alone due to this being the most important position in the sport. So it's pretty damning. Lately, it seems the SEC, Pac12, and Big 12 are QB central.
Drew Stanton, Drew Brees (2001) and our own Chad Henne came the closest to breaking that streak as 2nd round draft choices. Some have Conner Cook mocked as a late 1st rounder so if not him than Hackenberg should break the streak soon but elite QB play has certainly not been a hallmark of Big 10 football for the past 15 years outside of Drew Brees, a few of our guys and MSU's guys. Tressel-ball never really required it; neither did Alvarez-ball. PSU has not been good at developing QBs the past decade. We've obviously gone a different way since 2008. And before we blame the spread - "the spread has taken over the Big 10!" - the same systems have spread all over the NCAA.
Went back to look from 2004 (10 years) and here is the list and round of NFL QBs - Russell Wilson could barely be called a Big 10 QB as most of his career was NC State. The last 2 years there has not been a single Big 10 QB drafted in ANY round.
- 2004 - Krenzel (5th) OSU, Sorgi (6th) Wisconsin, Smoker (6th) MSU, Navarre (7th) UM
- 2005 - Orton (4th) Purdue
- 2006 - shutout
- 2007 - Stanton (2nd) MSU, Smith (5th) OSU
- 2008 - Henne (2nd) UM
- 2009 - Painter (6th) Purdue
- 2010 - Kafka (4th) Northwestern
- 2011 - Stanzi (5th) Iowa
- 2012 - Wilson** (3rd) Wisconsin, Cousin (4th) MSU
- 2013 - shutout
- 2014 - shutout
-->Terrelle Pryor was a 3rd round supplemental pick.
Well, there isn't a whole lot of football on tonight except, well, Connecticut versus South Florida. Actually, if I remember correctly, this is the only game tonight, and the weather does not look all that great down in Tampa Bay. Still, it's football, but I make no promises as to the quality, of course.