College football week 8: Thunderstorms delay Michigan, Michigan State game

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AccuWeather

After a week full of upsets, the college football landscape continues to change heading into the eighth week of the season.

New top teams will battle it out to improve their chances of making it to the College Football Playoff.

As teams look to solidify their standing, several will have to do so in games with potentially difficult weather. Take a look at which featured match ups will be impacted by weather this week.

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Ohio State receiver Terry McLaurin, right, catches a touchdown pass over Minnesota defensive back Coney Durr during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)


No. 6 Michigan at No. 24 Michigan State

A week off from a major upset on the road, Michigan State is facing in-state rival Michigan on Saturday.

Thunderstorms, however, have forced players off the field during the first quarter.

Fans at the stadium and anyone watching the game from the surrounding parking lots should seek shelter until about 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.

The game is scheduled to resume at 1:52 p.m. EDT.

There can be additional showers in East Lansing on Saturday afternoon, which may lead to slick playing conditions. Another thunderstorm leading to a delay cannot be ruled out.

Otherwise, it will remain brisk and blustery in East Lansing.

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AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures will be held to the 30s and lower 40s through the game.

Winds will average 8-16 mph with some gusts reaching 20 mph when play resumes. The crosswinds could affect the passing and kicking game.

Illinois at No. 23 Wisconsin

Saturday afternoon is feeling more like winter in Madison as Wisconsin hosts the Fighting Illini of Illinois.

Snow showers coated the field during the first half, creating slippery conditions for players. Players and fans may see additional snowflakes fly during the game, but little additional accumulation is expected.

Even as the snow gradually melts, the field will stay wet and slick. Gusty winds can further impact the game and hold AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures to the teens and 20s.

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