Wednesday provided what appears to be a first in college football history: A bowl game was cancelled.
The First Responders’ Bowl in Dallas was called in the first quarter on account of lightning and will not be rescheduled. So in a stroke of potential luck, Steve Addazio found a way to avoid going 7-6 again at Boston College.
Such a development got numerous parties thinking about how weather could affect other postseason games this year — including the Camping World Bowl. However, the Syracuse Orange’s Twitter feed did come with the response you’d expect (and will appreciate).
Everyone laughs about football indoors, until your bowl games are getting cancelled due to weather and contests end up unwatchable because conditions are so bad. Speaking of, we might want to direct our attention to the current weather report for Orlando, site of the Camping World Bowl. Things look... a little dicey at the moment.
Scattered thunderstorms and a 50-percent chance of precipitation are not what this program or its fans are looking for, obviously. Granted, we’ve put up plenty of points in rainy weather before. Despite the loss, we had 38 points against Pitt earlier this year. However, that game also included a lengthy weather delay. But that was on the local RSN. This game — an ESPN broadcast — needs to be off the air at some point. Any extended delay potentially wreaks some real havoc for ESPN, and the game itself.
This isn’t to just assume that all weather-related incidents will cancel bowl games now that it’s happened once. Though it still creates the idea for organizers and networks that it’s something that can occur.
Rainy conditions aren’t all that problematic, as discussed. And honestly, we’ve beaten West Virginia in worse bowl weather before (hi, snowstorm during 2012 Pinstripe Bowl). Let’s just hope that thunder holds out for a bit on Friday, or moves quickly through the area so we can enjoy the Orange vying for win No. 10.