Tailgate Heaven

TC is cooking up a feast of a forecast for your Saturday football tailgate!

Get Set for a Tailgating Heaven

After a week of Indian Summer, the weather gods are intent on smiling upon us for another day. So by all means use the past 5 days as a guide on how to plan your Saturday tailgate.

It is one of those rare weekends when most of our local teams are hosting day games. From Mountaineer Field in Morgantown to the ‘Shoe in Columbus to Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington to Edwards Stadium in Huntington, Saturday’s weather aims to please.

Noon kicks at UK and WVU will naturally see tailgaters out in force by 9 AM. So a cup of hot coffee will take the edge off the 35-40 degree air that will greet the new day. Both these venues will warm smartly by kickoff with a shirt sleeve enough to keep most comfy. Temperatures in the 60s with sunshine will rule the roost.

In Columbus, the Buckeyes are hosting my beloved Nittany Lions with a 3:30 kick at the ‘Shoe. Hazy sun will bathe the Olentangy Valley as highs crest near 70. But a word of caution, the setting sun will allow for temperatures to cool back into the 50s by the second half so tie a jacket around your waist as you funnel thru the turnstile.

I will be watching closely the play of Penn State tight end Nate Cadogan. Nate is a sophomore at PSU who went to school at Portsmouth High. I recall interviewing Nate’s big brother Gerald a few years ago after the Lions had clinched a berth in the Rose Bowl by beating the Buckeyes in Columbus.

Nate caught a TD pass in Joe Paterno’s 400th win against Northwestern last weekend so his mom was in good spirits when she called to invite me to the Cadogan tailgate on Saturday.

Finally in Huntington, Herd fans will be treated to a day of Indian Summer sunshine. No need to worry about a sun burn in November, but once Ol Sol gets low on the western horizon, the temperature will fall back into the low 60s for the second half so grab a light jacket as you leave your favorite tailgate party.

Looking ahead to Sunday, the Memorial service is slated for 1 PM when temperatures will be in the cooler 50s with clouds covering the sky. A shower or two will pass during the day, though it is not possible to state with any surety if it will rain at 1PM for the turning off of the Memorial Fountain.
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