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Heat, Storms May Impact Some College Football Games on Opening Weekend

As the 2015 college football season gets underway this weekend, summertime warmth could lead to uncomfortable games across the Ohio Valley and South while storms roll across the Southeast and Upper Midwest.

Those heading to games in the heat and humidity should remember to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

In hot conditions, players down on the field run an increased risk of heat stroke as body heat gets trapped inside the helmets and causes an increase in body temperature.

Some games that will be playing in warm and humid conditions include #21 Stanford at Northwestern, Illinois; St. at Iowa; South Dakota State at Kansas; UTEP at #18 Arkansas; Sam Houston State at Texas Tech; and Florida Atlantic at Tulsa.

Those heading to games with the potential for showers and thunderstorms should keep an eye to the sky and seek shelter when a storm approaches your area.

Should a thunderstorm approach the stadium, refrain from staying seated in the stands with a raincoat and umbrella as lightning gets attracted to the metal rod on the umbrella as well as the metal bleachers.

Lightning can also travel several miles outside of a thunderstorm. Just because it is not raining does not mean you cannot get struck by lightning.

Some games that will be playing this weekend with the chance for a thunderstorm to roll through include Louisiana-Monroe at #9 Georgia; Tennessee-Martin at #17 Ole Miss; Wofford at #12 Clemson; Bethune-Cookman at Miami (FL); and New Mexico State at Florida.

Elsewhere, pleasant conditions for football games will take place across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, the central Rockies and the West Coast.

Spotty afternoon thunderstorms could dot portions of the Four Corners region, leading to game delays.

A chilly, soaking rain will fall across the northern Rockies. Fans should remember a jacket and umbrella when attending any games.

Take a look at the forecasts for six notable games for week 1.

Penn State at Temple: 3:30 p.m. EDT Saturday

The Nittany Lions of Penn State will begin the season on the road against the Temple Owls in Philadelphia. Penn State finished the 2014 season at 7-6 (5-0 against teams from out of conference) and the Temple Owls finished the season at 6-6.

This will be the 44th meeting between these two teams with the last four games decided by an average of only 10 points (all Penn State wins). The last game played between these two teams in Philadelphia was in 2011 where Penn State won 14-10.

According to AccuWeather meteorologist Michael Doll, "Saturday will feel refreshing for many games across the Northeast with seasonable temperatures and low humidity."

Louisville vs. #6 Auburn 3:30 p.m. EDT Saturday

This matchup between the Louisville Cardinals and #6 Auburn Tigers will take place at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. Louisville finished the 2014 season at 9-4 while Auburn finished 8-5.

Both of these teams lost their respective bowl games to end last season.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski, "Those tailgating should keep an eye to the sky as there is the chance for a thunderstorm to fire during the afternoon."

#15 Arizona St. vs. Texas A&M 7:00 p.m. EDT Saturday

The matchup between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Texas A&M Aggies will take place at the NRG Stadium in Houston. This will be the only meeting between an SEC and Pac-12 school during the regular season.

Arizona State finished the 2014 season at 10-3 and beat the Duke Blue Devils in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Texas A&M finished with a record of 8-5 and defeated West Virginia in the Autozone Liberty Bowl.

Houston will reach the 90s on game day as those tailgating before the game Saturday evening should keep an eye out for a spotty afternoon shower or thunderstorm.

"Staying hydrated will be important for those heading to the game on Saturday," Doll said.

Texas at #11 Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. EDT Saturday

The Longhorns of Texas will travel to South Bend to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. This will be the 11th all-time meeting between these two teams as Notre Dame holds a 8-2 record.

Texas finished the 2014 season at 6-7 after losing to Arkansas in the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl. Notre Dame was 8-5 after beating then #23 LSU in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Areas west of the Appalachians into the Ohio Valley will be dry and very warm throughout the weekend.

"There is a small chance for a thunderstorm to linger around the start of the game, but conditions will improve after sunset," Pydynowski said.

Those attending this game in South Bend, Indiana, should keep an eye to the sky and seek shelter should a thunderstorm move across the area.

#20 Wisconsin vs. #3 Alabama 8:00 p.m. EDT Saturday

The only matchup between two ranked teams in week one will take place in Arlington, Texas, between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Wisconsin finished the 2014 season at 11-3 after defeating then #19 Auburn 34-31 in overtime in the Outback Bowl. Alabama will look to get back to the college football playoff after losing to the eventual National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes 42-35 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Alabama finished the season 12-2.

High temperatures in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday will be in the upper 90s F with plenty of sunshine. Tailgaters should stay hydrated and try to stay out of the direct sunlight prior to game time.

#1 Ohio State at Virginia Tech 8 pm EDT Monday

The National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes will begin their quest for a repeat championship as they travel to Blacksburg to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Ohio State went 14-1 last season and beat the Oregon Ducks in the CFP National Championship Game Presented By AT&T. Virginia Tech ended the season 7-6 after beating the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman.

This will be a much anticipated matchup as Virginia Tech went to Columbus, Ohio, last season and gave then #8 Ohio State the only defeat of the season when they won 35-21.

"Blacksburg should be dry on Monday night with temperatures falling through the 70s at the start of the game to the upper 60s toward the end of the game," Pydynowski said.

Fans attending this game should consider bringing a light jacket once temperatures fall through the game.

Week one of the National Football League (NFL) will begin next Thursday as the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium.