SEARCH BLOG: CLIMATE
The teams from climates more similar to that of the bowl site have won over 60% of the BCS games, winning 28 of those 46 games. (The participants in the 2009 Orange Bowl, Cincinnati and Virginia Tech, are from locations with the same average temperature, so the results do not reflect this game.) In some instances, the relative weather of the participant schools was negligible. For example, when Ohio State and Notre Dame played each other in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl, neither school had a climate advantage. Columbus, Ohio and South Bend, Indiana have average temperatures within four degrees of one another, and neither average temperature is similar to that of Tempe, Arizona. There have been six such match-ups with teams from very similar climates. When disregarding these negligible differences, teams from locations with climates significantly more similar to that of the bowl site than their opponents have won over 62% of the BCS games.Perhaps there is something to that. Last week, Wisconsin played Miami at Orlando which would normally favor Miami in terms of both distance to the game site and climate similarity. But the temperatures in Orlando hovered around 40°F. The Wisconsin players looked perfectly comfortable both playing and standing on the sidelines. The favored Miami team looked unsynchronized and uncomfortable both playing and on the sidelines.. Wisconsin won.
Last night in Miami, favored Georgia Tech from Atlanta played Iowa. The distance to the game site and climate would normally favor Georgia Tech. But the temperatures in Miami hovered around the mid-40s. Georgia players were blowing on their hands to try to keep them warm. Iowa players looked quite comfortable in temperatures about 40°F higher from what they had left at home. Iowa won.
By the way, according to the announcers, this was the coldest Orange Bowl game ever played. As the University of Miami and Georgia Tech players might have asked, "Where is global warming when you need it?" Too bad they didn't have some of those scientists from England reworking the numbers to make the temperatures higher.
Or... the underdog Big Ten teams may simply have been better.