landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
I was surprised to see that this wasn't up yet.
UCF at (14) Ohio State
Penn State at Virginia
and Auburn at Mississippi State
Not the most exciting slate, but thoughts on Gameday/ the games?
I have a few questions.
1. I've already had a beer. Is it wrong? What time is it ok to start drinking on gameday?
2 .Do most college football programs have sports psychologists on staff? I read something last week about Saban employing a sort of motivation/perform your best type guru and I was curious is this is pretty much standard practice.
Air Force: 13
Low pressure system and it's accompanying cold front are shifting East of Lake Huron, taking the steady rain with it. On the backside of the low, we'll see breezy conditions and *maybe a spotty shower*-although most will stay dry and if you do get wet, it won't last long. Chilly today with temps below normal, and some decent cloud cover. Grab the sweatshirt, it feels like fall football!
Steady rains ending early on, but don't expect it to warm up a whole lot. Slowly rising into the mid 60s throughout the morning and into lunchtime, and more and more of the sun peeking out-should be mostly sunny towards mid-morning. Tie down those tents-winds are out of the NW at a steady 15-18mph (loose papers blow about), with gusts up into the mid and upper 20s (small trees sway, lighter garbage cans tip over).
Finally hitting that 70 degree mark for 3:30! Some clouds will hang out for the start of the game, but overall should be fair skies. Keeping a chilly NW wind at 17mph, and gusts are still possible up around 25mph.
Don't expect a whole lot to change as we end the first half. Some of the cloud cover will have gone down, and we'll hang on near 70 degrees, but the wind's still blowing! Still steady 17/18mph with gusts up to 25mph. As we head towards the end of the game, the winds will slowly start to go down more.
By game's end, looking at 68 degrees with NW winds at 15mph-gusts up to 22mph (so you'll still see leaves and small twigs blowing around, some decent size branches moving) and partly cloudy skies. Winds will gradually die down-getting rid of the gusts while you're eating dinner, and down to 10mph (leaves and papers blow about) out of the WNW by 9pm. A slight chance of rain lingers throughout the overnight (and your Sunday), but just like during the day most will stay dry, and rain won't last long. If you are headed out to celebrate the win, don't leave your sweatshirt on the barstool at closing time because although westerly winds will be light, temperatures will be down at 54 degrees! Go Blue!
Christina Burkhart is a meteorologist for NBC/ABC in Traverse City, MI, and temporarily for NBC25 in Flint/Saginaw, MI. She grew up in Ann Arbor and associates Saturdays with Michigan football. Go Blue!!
Just an fyi to everybody, the stadium bridge most of us walk across or have to drive across at some point on gameday is closed.
Utah Utes visit the Utah State Aggies at 8:00 on ESPN 2
We play Utah in a home and home series in 2014 and 2015 and we've competed with them for a few of their prospects the last 2 seasons so they're definitely worth a look.
A few notes on the Utes:
In 2010 (their last season in the MWC) they went 10-3, spent most of the season ranked in the top 10, only losing to #4 TCU, at Notre Dame, and to #10 Boise State. They had a little bit of rough sledding their first season in the Pac12 in 2011, but didn't play either Stanford or Oregon, and finished with an 8-5 record with notable wins against Todd Grahams Pitt Panthers, dominated BYU, UCLA, and Oregon State, won at Arizona and at Washington State, lost a close 14-23 matchup at USC, and won the Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech in overtime.
2012 is the 8th year of the program under Kyle Whittingham, who replaced Urban Meyer in 2004 as Head Coach, and has been with the program since 1994(!) where he's coached the defensive line, and served as the defensive coordinator. Likely to see a lot of the same players in 2 years, and likely the same scheme since they managed a 4th place finish in the Pac-12 in their inaugural season. Definitely an up and coming program worth looking at.
Toussaint will start, duh.