One of the biggest college football games of Week 5 could be in for a bumpy ride. Ahead of the Pac-12 clash between Washington State and No. 18 Utah, the two teams have discovered that they could be facing severe weather delays.
According to CougCenter, there is a significant chance of thunderstorms in the Salt Lake City area. The chance of thunderstorms and scattered thunderstorms is greater than 50-percent throughout the day.
Per the report, a Washington State spokesperson said that the two sides will not reschedule the game to work around the weather delay. Instead, the game will be played on schedule - 10:00 PM EST - and they will follow protocols if the weather becomes an issue.
Should any lightning be detected in the area, Pac-12 protocols require that the field be cleared for at least 30 minutes.
Such was the case earlier this season when Washington and Cal was delayed because of lightning. That game wound up being played well into the middle of the night once the weather finally cleared up.
But if Rice–Eccles Stadium is subjected to lightning and dangerous levels of rain, the game may have to be rescheduled.
CougCenter noted that both teams have a bye next week. So if the game is cancelled, they could conceivably reschedule it soon. Though that would mean giving up their early-season byes.
Both teams are 3-1 and seeking their first in-conference win of the season. It would be a shame if this game got delayed, let alone cancelled.