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NCAAF Gameday Weather Conditions

Mother Nature can be a real bitch when it comes to the college football weather report messing up your point spread bets. The 2010 college football season kicks off this weekend with games all over the country, with Week 1 underway on Thursday with 18 games scheduled. On Friday, Sunday, and Monday there will only be two games played per day, with the bulk of the matchups going down at different times on Saturday. Most regions of the country call for clear conditions over the weekend, but there will be a few games that will be affected by game day weather, in the form of heat and rain.

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The games on Thursday with potential thunderstorms are the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks at the Ball State Cardinals, the Hampton Pirates at the Central Michigan Chippewas, the Murray State Racers at the Kent State Golden Flashes, and the Towson Tigers at the Indiana Hoosiers. Thursday games that may be affected by rain include non-board Rhode Island at Buffalo and USC at Hawaii. The only game affected on Friday will be the Villanova at Temple game, that should see some rain. Most sportsbooks do not carry odds on Villanova and other Division II teams,{URL=http://www.sportsbettingstats.com/NCAAF/most-betting-odds-offered.asp}although this one does.{/URL}

On Saturday the Arkansas-Pine Bluff at UTEP game might see some thunderstorm activity, and Western Michigan at Michigan State may also turn wet before the kickoff. All in all, it's a weekend where checking game day weather forecasts can help you earn some extra profits. Other games with rain in the forecast for Saturday include Connecticut at Michigan, Coastal Carolina at West Virginia, and Syracuse at Akron. On Sunday and Monday all four games scheduled have fair weather in the forecast.

This time of year, heat can also play a role in the game. The matchups with the hottest temperatures in the forecast include Portland State at Arizona, Presbyterian at Wake Forest, and Southeastern Louisiana at Tulane. None of these are board games, but again,{URL=http://www.sportsbettingstats.com/NCAAF/most-betting-odds-offered.asp}there are odds on them at select boooks.{/URL}

Look for the home team to hold a slight edge in these matchups, especially during the later stages of the games when the heat has been on the players for a few hours. There is another factor that could play into the equation this weekend: Hurricane Earl is currently tracking up the east coast of the United States and is potentially headed for landfall somewhere between New England and Newfoundland. Depending on how the storm tracks, games to be played on the east coast of the country could see dramatic weather conditions develop over the weekend.