College football week 4: Extreme heat, humidity to bake major matchups in southern US

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
September 22, 2018, 2:22:18 AM EDT


It's week four of the college football season, and the top teams are starting to gain momentum.

Conference play is underway, and several matchups will take place amid less than ideal weather conditions.

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Clemson's Clelin Ferrell reacts during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia Southern Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Clemson, S.C. Clemson won 38-7. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)


Take a look at the top games where weather could be a major factor:

No. 8 Notre Dame at Wake Forest - 12 p.m. EDT

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The Fighting Irish will travel south to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to take on the Demon Deacons.

Though Florence pounded the region last week, all major roads are back open around the city and travel will be normal.

It will be a warm and humid afternoon for the game with temperatures in the low 80s at kick off and peaking near 85 F at halftime.

Combined with the high humidity and sunshine, RealFeel® Temperatures will be in the lower 90s.

A stray shower or storm could impact the area later in the day, potentially unfolding during the second half falling in time to soak fans heading out of the stadium.

No. 3 Clemson at Georgia Tech - 3:30 p.m. EDT

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The Tigers will journey to Atlanta this weekend for an ACC clash with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

It will be a hot, humid and sunny day on Saturday, making it feel more like the height of summer than mid-September.

Fans should stay hydrated and wear sunscreen.

Light winds will create a breeze at times but provide little relief from the heat.

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No. 13 Virginia Tech at Old Dominion - 3:30 p.m. EDT

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The Hokies will stay in-state for a matchup with Old Dominion this week.

While tailgaters will see temperatures in the low 70s, the mercury will rise throughout the early afternoon. At kickoff, the high will hit near 85 F, but with added humidity, it will feel like the low 90s.

A stray shower or even thunderstorm could fall in the late afternoon, potentially causing a lightning delay.

Winds shouldn't impact the game as they will be light and generally out of the north.

Texas Tech at No. 15 Oklahoma State - 7 p.m. EDT

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The Red Raiders will travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma, on for a Saturday evening showdown against Oklahoma State.

It will be unusually cool in central Oklahoma with temperatures in the upper 50s for any late-morning tailgating and rising into the mid-60s in the afternoon.

Tailgating fields could be wet after heavy rain falls on Friday night.

By kickoff, it will be cloudy and humid with a high near 65 F. A lingering shower could fall early in the game.

Louisiana Tech at No. 6 LSU - 7 p.m. EDT

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LSU hosts Louisiana Tech for a Saturday evening game in Baton Rouge.

The day will start out warm and muggy with temperatures in the mid-70s with the heat peaking at 90 F in the early afternoon.

High humidity and plenty of sunshine will push AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures into the mid-90s.

Showers and storms will erupt later in the day, potentially soaking tailgaters.

Stormy weather could persist through the first half of the game, and there is a 20 percent chance of a lightning delay.

Arizona State at No. 10 Washington - 10:30 p.m. EDT

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A week after an being upset by San Diego State, the Sun Devils will make their way up north to take on the Huskies in Seattle.

It will be a chilly and damp day with temperatures peaking in the upper 60s. Skies will be cloudy and rain will fall at times.

While the rain is expected to taper off in time for the evening kickoff, field and stadium surfaces will still be damp.

A shower could linger into the start of the game.

Temperatures will fall toward 60 during the evening, eventually dropping to the mid-50s by the end of the game.

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