Weather conditions clearly can influence football games, and The Game is no different. The most celebrated example is the 1950 Snow Bowl, when a freak blizzard hit the day of the game and Michigan won 9-3. That loss led to the firing of Ohio State’s coach and the hiring of Woody Hayes — and the rest is history.
This morning it is cold in Columbus — and more importantly from a football standpoint, there is a sharp, frigid breeze blowing from the west. It was tough to make headway when Penny and I turned west on our walk, and I would expect that the wind also would make it tough to pass, or punt. According to The Weather Channel forecast, the wind is expected to be blowing at 17 mph from the west come game time.
Jim Tressel tends to get very conservative when the wind is a factor; if that tendency holds true to form I expect Ohio State will really focus on running the ball. Michigan Coach Rich Rodriguez, on the other hand, has nothing to lose. Windy or not, I think we will see the full Michigan playbook today.