Showers may dampen play in central US, thunderstorms could delay southern games

It’s officially the second half of the college football season and top teams are attempting to maintain their dominance.

While week seven doesn’t offer any ranked matchups, there are several key games. Thunderstorms could cause delays or impact play in parts of the central and southern United States.

In one of the most celebrated games of the season, Texas and Oklahoma will fight at the Cotton Bowl. Alabama and Georgia will try and avoid massive upsets at home. In the Big 10, Ohio State will play Nebraska under the lights.

Take a look at the forecast for this week’s slate of top 15 teams playing on Saturday:

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Mississippi linebacker Jarrion Street (20) trips up Auburn wide receiver Eli Stove (12) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)

No. 6 TCU at Kansas State – 12 p.m. EDT

The undefeated Big 12 leaders will travel to Manhattan, Kansas, this week and take on the Wildcats.

A mix of clouds and sunshine will hang overhead throughout the game. Conditions will be comfortable with a high near the 70-degree F mark at kickoff.

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Temperatures will rise to the upper 70s by the end of the game. There is a chance a thunderstorm could develop during the second half. While any storms will be scattered, they could bring downpours and gusty winds.

No 12. Oklahoma vs. Texas – 3:30 p.m. EDT

The Cotton Bowl is upon us as the rival Sooners and Longhorns meet in Dallas this weekend.

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It will be a hot, sunny and humid day for the game. Temperatures throughout the afternoon will hover in the low 90s. Fans should stay hydrated and wear sunscreen.

A slight crosswind up to 15 mph will blow through during the game, which could slightly impact play as teams drive toward the southeastern end of the stadium.

Purdue at No. 7 Wisconsin – 3:30 p.m. EDT

The Boilermakers will travel to Camp Randall this weekend for a Big 10 West matchup.

Conditions will be damp and cool in Madison with rain expected throughout the game. Showers could make for slippery field conditions.

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The high will hover in the mid-60s throughout the game. Fans tailgating earlier will see temperatures in the 50s.

Winds up to 18 mph will add to the less than ideal conditions, potentially impacting play. Teams heading toward the northern end of the stadium will be at a disadvantage, passing and kicking into the wind.

No. 10 Auburn at LSU – 3:30 p.m. EDT

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The Tigers of Auburn will take on the Tigers of LSU this weekend in an SEC cross-division battle.

It will be a sunny, hot and humid day in Baton Rouge. The high at kickoff will approach the 90-degree F mark. AccuWeather RealFeels;reg will rise into the mid-90s.

Temperatures will fall to the mid-80s by the end of the game.

Georgia Tech at No. 11 Miami – 3:30 p.m. EDT

Miami will try to avoid their first loss of the season this weekend when Georgia Tech comes to town.

Conditions will be warm and humid with a mix of clouds and sunshine. Temperatures will hit the upper 80s during the game, with AccuWeather RealFeels;reg in the 90s.

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Showers and a thunderstorm may develop during the game, making the field damp and slippery. There is a slight chance that a thunderstorm will pop up close enough to the stadium to cause a lightning delay.

Fans should be prepared for a potential stadium evacuation.

Baylor at No. 14 Oklahoma State – 3:30 p.m. EDT

The Baylor Bears will travel to Stillwater this weekend and attempt to hand the Cowboys their second loss of the season.

Conditions will be ideal for a mid-October game at Boone Pickens Stadium. It will be a warm, sunny and breezy day.

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Temperatures will hover in the high 80s throughout the game. Winds up to 20 mph will blow through, creating a crosswind.

Arkansas at No. 1. Alabama – 7:15 p.m. EDT

The Razorbacks will travel to Tuscaloosa this weekend and attempt to deliver a major upset to the top-ranked Tide.

It will be a warm and muggy evening for the game with some clouds overhead. The high at kickoff will hover near the 80-degree F mark, dropping to the low 70s by the end of the game.

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However, the humidity will make it feel warmer with AccuWeather RealFeels;reg in the mid-80s during the first half.

Those tailgating before the game should stay hydrated RealFeels;reg will peak at 95 F at mid-afternoon.

No. 9 Ohio State at Nebraska – 7:30 p.m. EDT

The Huskers will host the Buckeyes this week in a Big 10 cross-divisional battle.

While tailgaters will have to deal with showers, conditions should dry out by kickoff in Lincoln. The field may still be marginally slippery during the first half.

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Winds up to 15 mph could have a slight impact on play, providing a headwind for teams charging into the northern end zone.

Tailgaters should be prepared for showers and a potential thunderstorm before the game.

Missouri at No. 4 Georgia – 7:30 p.m. EDT

The one-win Tigers will try to hand the Bulldogs their first loss of the season this weekend at Sanford Stadium.

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Conditions will be cloudy and muggy for the game with mild conditions. The high at kickoff will hit near the 70-degree F mark and fall to the upper 60s by the fourth quarter.

Fans tailgating in Athens should stay hydrated in the humidity.

Utah at No. 13 USC – Saturday 8 p.m. EDT

In a Pac 12 South battle, Utah will travel to Los Angeles to take on USC this weekend.

It will be a clear and seasonably warm day at the Coliseum with a high in the low 80s at kickoff.

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Temperatures will fall into the low 70s by the end of the game under clear skies.

Tailgaters will see a high around 85 F in the afternoon with plenty of sunshine.

No. 5 Washington at Arizona State – 10:45 p.m. EDT

The undefeated Huskies will travel to Tempe this week for some Pac 12 after dark action.

Fans will see ideal football conditions with clear, dry skies and warm weather. Tailgaters should be prepared for the heat with a high near the 95-degree F mark in the afternoon.

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The high at kickoff will hit near 85 F. By the fourth quarter, temperatures will fall to the mid-70s.

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