College football week 8: Thunderstorms delay Michigan, Michigan State game

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
October 20, 2018, 1:11:05 PM EDT

After a week full of upsets, the college football landscape continues to change heading into the eighth week of the season.

New top teams will battle it out to improve their chances of making it to the College Football Playoff.

As teams look to solidify their standing, several will have to do so in games with potentially difficult weather. Take a look at which featured match ups will be impacted by weather this week.

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Ohio State receiver Terry McLaurin, right, catches a touchdown pass over Minnesota defensive back Coney Durr during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

No. 6 Michigan at No. 24 Michigan State

A week off from a major upset on the road, Michigan State is facing in-state rival Michigan on Saturday.

Thunderstorms, however, have forced players off the field during the first quarter.

Fans at the stadium and anyone watching the game from the surrounding parking lots should seek shelter until about 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.

The game is scheduled to resume at 1:52 p.m. EDT.

There can be additional showers in East Lansing on Saturday afternoon, which may lead to slick playing conditions. Another thunderstorm leading to a delay cannot be ruled out.

Otherwise, it will remain brisk and blustery in East Lansing.

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AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures will be held to the 30s and lower 40s through the game.

Winds will average 8-16 mph with some gusts reaching 20 mph when play resumes. The crosswinds could affect the passing and kicking game.

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Illinois at No. 23 Wisconsin

Saturday afternoon is feeling more like winter in Madison as Wisconsin hosts the Fighting Illini of Illinois.

Snow showers coated the field during the first half, creating slippery conditions for players. Players and fans may see additional snowflakes fly during the game, but little additional accumulation is expected.

Even as the snow gradually melts, the field will stay wet and slick. Gusty winds can further impact the game and hold AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures to the teens and 20s.

No. 22 Mississippi State at No. 5 LSU - 7 p.m. EDT

MS LSU Oct 20

An SEC West battle is in store for Saturday evening in Baton Rouge as the Bulldogs from Mississippi State come to town.

More comfortable weather is headed to Baton Rouge, but will come after the game.

A shower or thunderstorm will be around the area on Saturday, especially prior to the game. Any thunderstorm that lingers into the first quarter may lead to a brief delay.

After a daytime high temperature of near 80 F, temperatures will drop into the 60s during the game. Fans will notice cooler and less humid conditions at the end of the game than when they first arrived in the stadium.

A breeze up to 10 mph will be noticeable at times, but won't have a significant impact on play.

No. 2 Ohio State at Purdue - 7:30 p.m. EDT

OSU PU Oct 20

The Buckeyes will try to avoid a major upset from Big Ten West opponent, Purdue, this week in West Lafayette.

It will feel more like winter than fall at Ross-Ade Stadium along with the threat of a shower or two.

While tailgaters will experience a high temperature in the low 50s for most of the afternoon, it will turn cooler later in the day. By kickoff, the temperature will settle in the mid-40s.

Rain could fall during the first half, and a flurry or two could mix in during the second half.

Gusty winds as high as 20 mph will blow through at times, bringing the RealFeel® down to the 20s by the end of the fourth quarter.

Winds will also have an impact on the passing and kicking game at times.

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