Weather Won't Be A Factor In Pinstripe Bowl

Weather Won't Be A Factor In Pinstripe Bowl

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Weather Won't Be A Factor In Pinstripe Bowl

For two programs use to playing in warm weather bowl games, playing in New York City in late December would appear to give the University of Wisconsin an edge over Miami in Thursday’s Pinstripe Bowl.

After all, UW fans remember the scenes from the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, where Wisconsin players wore short sleeve shirts and embraced the 40-degree temperatures while Miami’s players wore long sleeve and huddled near heaters on the sidelines.

This time around, baby, it might not be cold outside.

With the mercury hitting 42 degrees in New York City Monday, the weather for Miami’s outside practice (UW practiced inside at the Meadowlands) mirrors what is expected on game day. Thursday’s high temp is slated to be in the low 40s with only a seven mile per hour wind, lowest of the week.

“It was a very spirited day, probably (due to) the weather,” Miami coach Mark Richt said after practice Monday. “Sunshine, beautiful, mid-40s, and it felt good for everybody. I think some of our guys overdressed a little bit.

“The weather was great. When you go from a warm climate to a cool climate, it just gives you a little juice. You don’t really need to have many breaks. Everybody just wanted to keep going.”

Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst also dismissed the notion that the Badgers would have an edge playing in the cooler environment, only saying his team is “used to it.”

And if downplaying one storyline wasn’t enough for both coaches, both don’t draw any pregame motivation from Wisconsin’s 34-24 win over the Hurricanes in last year’s Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens.

“What’s beautiful about the game, particularly this one, it comes down to what happens between the lines,” Chryst said. “Our whole goal and objective is to get our team ready to play against a really good, talented, well-coached Miami team.”

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