I’ll just start by saying that I’m happy the Terps and Blue Devils didn’t decide to play on Thursday Night. It is brutal out there. But whatever price we have to pay tonight, will be worth the payout come Saturday. First though let’s look at this game and what it means. For Maryland this is probably our most winnable ACC game. Which also means we can’t afford to lose. Granted after the first four games we have somewhat of a cushion, but we need this one at home. Plus it’s DUKE!
Now on to the weather. The average high for October 2nd in College Park is 73 F and the low is 54 F. The record is 91 F which means that we are officially out of summer. When the record high is only 91, you know it’s cooling off. That record was also set in 1986. The low, and watch how these rapidly get colder each passing week, is 38 set in 1960. The forecast is pretty much on line with the average. I’m seeing a high of 70 and a low of 50. Maybe slightly below normal, but pretty darn close.
Unlike tonight, there is no chance of precipitation and the cloud cover should be limited. Heck we could have our first sunny day where you don’t have to worry about sunburn. That would be nice. Also the winds will be limited which is always good for our tailgating games of skill.
Though the kickoff is for 6:00 this is essentially a night game. The sun will be setting at 6:48 pm. So it will be gone by the 2nd quarter and fading for the first. For those who will be up early, the sun rise is at 7:04 am. The moon won’t be around for this match up, it sets at 3:31 pm. For those who see it during the day it will be a waning crescent with about 30% illumination.
So there you have it. If you have long sleeve Terps gear, this may be the game to break it out. During the afternoon you may not want it, but by the time the game ends, it will be pretty cool (relatively speaking that is). Hope to see everyone at Byrd this Saturday for the ACC Opener. If you were looking to use the weather as an excuse to miss this one, you are out of luck!