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    College Football to Kick Off with Wet Labor Day Weekend

    By by Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Online Journalist
    September 03, 2012, 3:58:03 AM EDT

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    Traditionally, Labor Day was intended to honor the hard-working American for their labor. Though, culturally, it has come to be known for many other things: the unofficial end of summer, the last appropriate day to wear white and, of course, the start of college football season.

    With Isaac still lingering across the southern United States and threatening to move farther north, college football fans might want to pack their rain gear for the first big weekend of the season.

    The Big Ten Conference will be the hardest hit from Mother Nature this weekend, as rain is headed for Illinois, Indiana and Ohio Saturday.

    Illinois is slated to take on Western Michigan in Champaign, Ill., at noon on Saturday.

    Fans could see troubling conditions come game time, as intense humidity sweeps the region. Heavy rain is likely with a possibility for thunderstorms and lightning.

    Rain and thunderstorms are also headed for Indiana as Eastern Kentucky battles Purdue in West Lafayette at 3:30 p.m.

    "The steadiest and heaviest rain will be south of Chicago, but it might not be by much," said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Bernie Rayno.

    This could mean trouble for Iowa as they face off against Northern Illinois at Soldier Field in Chicago this weekend. Showers could be present throughout the 3:30 p.m. game.

    It's not all rain for the holiday weekend though.

    Ohio is scheduled to play Penn State at noon on Saturday, with a good chance at making it through the game without any severe weather.

    Precipitation is headed for State College eventually, but may hold out until the fourth quarter or even the end of the game.

    Clear conditions will also prevail in Madison as Wisconsin faces Northern Iowa in their home field at 3:30 p.m., and for Southern Mississippi as they play Nebraska in Lincoln at 3:30 p.m.

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