How does the weather affect College Football?
A key factor in handicapping and sports betting on College Football is the Weather and if you don’t keep at least one eye on the Conditions, you could be set up for a rude awakening. Especially if the college football teams are facing inclement weather.
The VegasInsider.com College Football Weather Report always begins with the matchups, which shows the home and away teams and the time of the contest. The time is always shown in the Eastern Time Zone.
The conditions are highlighted with graphics feature that will show you the forecast at the time of the game. They’re self-explanatory and easy to follow. A sunny graphic would designate clear skies, which would be ideal for most college football games. An indicator of poor weather on the horizon would be highlighted with Clouds, Rain and Snow.
Along with the graphics, the Wind is featured at the time of kickoff. Bettors looking for a low-scoring game or an ‘under’ wager would be happy to see the word “Gusty” in the Wind Column and the higher the number is related to the speed of the wind at time of kickoff.
Temperatures, Humidity and Heat Index always affect College Football wagers and that’s always based on where the teams play. Schools playing in warm-weather states like Florida and other parts of the Southern United States will have higher temperatures in the first two months of the season. Those schools also deal with possible Hurricanes during that span as well. Schools located more North and in the Midwest region face changes in the final third of their season, in particular November. Snow is common and you can see anything from dustings to blizzards.
Syracuse, who plays in the ACC, is the only Group of 5 College Football school that plays its games indoors. The Orange play at the Carrier Dome that holds just over 45,000.
There are a handful of College Football Playoff games and bowl matchups that are played indoors at facilities used by NFL Teams.
College Football Playoff Indoor Venues