Weekly Weather Report
Its that time of the week again fellow key players, but alas this time I come to you with bad news. We've been blessed with beautiful weather (and a dome) thus far in the football season, however the thundering heard are coming to town and they're bringing the thunda with them (im so punny). With the end of the week rolling around, I'm sure you've all heard about the weather coming and I'm going to let stormy rain put it into laymen's terms for you:
Thanks for the report stormy! With all of this recent hot weather and high pressure fronts in Blacksburg, there's been a massive build-up of moisture in the air. This is only aggravated due to the subtropical winds blowing northward which are giving us some nice moist gulf-stream air.
Now you may be asking what in gods name does this have to do with all of this rain I've been hearing about coming this weekend? Well sir or madam, there is a cold front coming from the northwest thats expected toreach us at noon(thanks Canada) .
In case you missed my blog last week, cold air fronts typically force and push air higher into the skies. Due to it's lower density, warm air rises over cool air, and with so much cool air is blowing in, the warm air is going to be pushed high into the air. This air will buildup and attach to particles making very tall clouds with tons of potential energy in them, which will create rain and in some cases thunderstorms all up and down the east coast. Expect some significant rainfall (up to 1.5" in 3 days!!!!), as the air is so cold the air will have a chance to go even higher than usual. This could potentially make for some nasty thunderstorms, so bring your ponchos 'yall! It's gonna be a fun Saturday afternoon! (dont worry folks it will be raining on Charolettsville as well, meaning their powdered wigs will indeed get wet again)
Now for how will this play out on the field:
So with all of this cold air and all of this rain and what-not, what should we expect? Well fortunately for us the balls gonna be slippery. Why is this good? Because our ball hawking D loves them some turnovers that leave opposing coaches doing things like this:
With the ball being wet I expect more turnovers and sloppiness which frankly I think plays into our advantage. Bad weather really hampers and hurts spread option teams like Marshall. The pitches are more difficult to hold on to, and the WRs are gonna have a much more difficult time catching the ball. That being said, INTs are gonna be harder to hold onto hopefully we can get into a few tip drills after some dropped balls. Either way, the offenses that like to run the ball down teams throats like us usually arent as effected to much by the rain. However, our WRs are actually going to have to hold onto the ball this week and be much more consistent avoiding the drops. To be specific we need them to be more like this guy
I expect our D to once again be absolutely dominant. Rushing QB or not, our D will keep this close. The real question is can Cody Journell avoid a Charley Brown (Im gonna give him the benefit of the doubt with back spams because those things hurt) and can our running game get going again? If those two things fall into place for us, I foresee a pretty big win. Id really like to see Logan used more in the read option but if we could gain first downs consistently off of our zone runs than well be good to go. Physically speaking our O-line is still much larger than their D-line, and should be able to bully them, but I kinda whiffed on this same analysis last week too. Ultimately I do think the weather plays out in our advantage but this will be a pretty tight game.
High of 75 degrees
Low of 60 degrees
80-100% chance of precipitation
40% chance of thunderstorms
100% cloud cover
5 - 10 MPH gusts (tops) to the east from the west
PS if you guys wanna watch what the cloud covers doing play around with the links on the right and be amazed, that stuff can be really interesting to watch and you can usually see the clouds moving in
PSPS sorry for editing all this jank over and over again I messed up the first time and I kept repeating the mistake