Rumors are circulating that actual college football was played last Saturday, and it’s possible that we even wrote a preview about it. For all intents and purposes however, this weekend marks the true beginning of college football season, and we at AtmoLife couldn’t be more excited for its return. Because many of us in the meteorology community are also avid college football fans, AtmoLife’s new weekly feature is here to preview the tailgating experiences for the upcoming games. We rate the quality of each tailgate based on the weather and match-up. The full list of Week 1 tailgate ratings for FBS vs. FBS games are listed below, but first, we hope you enjoy the discussions of this week’s featured tailgates.

Tailgate of the week

AtmoLife’s top ranked tailgating experience based the match-up quality, weather quality, and sometimes other factors.

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An actual rendering of Mercedez Benz Stadium and not Minecraft

#3 Florida State vs. #1 Alabama

Duh. A top-5 match-up to open the season with College Gameday in town is a no-brainer pick for AtmoLife’s tailgate of the week. Although we generally have the opinion that neutral sites are bland, and college football is meant to be played as home-and-homes on campus, christening the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Downtown Atlanta will be an absolute delight. Don’t be surprised if the Noles and Tide meet here again in January. Temperatures will be a little warm on Saturday for classic football tailgate weather, but hey, it’s still technically summer, and low 80’s in Atlanta this time of year are always welcome.

Honorable mention goes to BYU vs. LSU Saturday night in New Orleans. This game was originally scheduled to be played in Houston, but Hurricane Harvey had other ideas. As a result, we get to witness Cougar fans being appalled at the behavior of the LSU rowdies and Decadence Day goers on Bourbon Street. In all seriousness though, communities all across Texas and into Western Louisiana could use your help with the recovery efforts. AtmoLife has initiated a new project where we are seeking local agencies in all communities impacted by the storm so that no town is left behind. If you know of any local charities or lesser known communities that are in need of assistance, please let us know so we can spread the word!

Atmo Match-up of the week

The most intriguing game between two schools with Atmospheric Science programs.

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Colorado State vs. Colorado

For the 2nd straight Saturday, Colorado State is involved in our Atmo Match-up of the week. After blowing the doors off Oregon State in the 2nd half last weekend, the Rams hope to continue their momentum against their arch rival Buffaloes in the Rocky Mountain Showdown. The boys from Boulder hope to build some momentum of their own after their surprising re-emergence last year into College football’s upper tier. Slightly warmer than ideal temperatures in the upper 80’s along with a neutral site stadium will be the only hindrance to otherwise perfect tailgating conditions. Will radar meteorology or climate science reign supreme this week?

Slopfest of the Week

Although it may be unpleasant for tailgating, FOOTBAW WEATHER can often make a matchup more intriguing.

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Louisiana Monroe @ Memphis

In a Thursday night special, the remnants of Harvey are making a mess of Memphis as the Warhawks of ULM visit the Tigers. As I write this, the city of Memphis is currently under a flash flood warning, flash flood watch, and wind advisory, but hey, at least the tornado watch has been cancelled. The game however, has not been cancelled, so hopefully all fans in attendance have ponchos with flasks of tummy-warming liquids stashed underneath. Bet the under in this one.

Full Tailgating Schedule!

Our Tailgate quality rating criteria can be found here! – “We only rate FBS vs. FBS match-ups. There’s a lot of games out there to rate, and we don’t take kindly to your alma mater wasting our time by scheduling cupcakes.”

* Denotes match-up between schools with atmospheric science programs.

Thursday, 8/31

Florida International @ Central Florida, 2200z (6:00 PM EDT) – Orlando, FL
Line: UCF -17.0, O/U: 56.5
Temp: 91°F, Precip: 30% TS, Wind: 8 KT SE
Game Quality Rating: 1/5
Weather Quality Rating: 2/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY, -1 Heat index >100°F)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 3/10

Buffalo @ Minnesota, 2300z (6:00 PM CDT) – Minneapolis, MN
Line: Min -24.0, O/U: 49.5
Temp: 71°F, Precip: None, Wind: 6 KT SE
Game Quality Rating: 1/5
Weather Quality Rating: 5/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY, +1 ROW THE BOAT)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 8/10

Tulsa @ #10 Oklahoma State, 2330z (6:30 PM CDT) – Stillwater, OK
Line: OSU -18.0, O/U: 70.5
Temp: 84°F, Precip: None, Wind: 7 KT NE
Game Quality Rating: 3/5
Weather Quality Rating: 4/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY, +1/2 Rivalry game for Tulsa)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 8.5/10

* #2 Ohio State @ Indiana, 0000z (Fri) (8:00 PM EDT) – Bloomington, IN
Line: OSU – 20.5, O/U: 56.0
Temp: 75°F, Precip: None, Wind: 8 KT NE
Game Quality Rating: 3/5
Weather Quality Rating: 5/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY, +1 ESPN College Gameday)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 10/10

Louisiana Monroe @ Memphis, 0100z (Fri) (8:00 PM CDT) – Memphis, TN
Line: Mem -25.0, O/U: 63.0
Temp: 71°F, Precip: ALL the Harvey remnants, Wind: 22 KT NE
Game Quality Rating: 1/5
Weather Quality Rating: 1/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 3/10

New Mexico State @ Arizona State, 0230z (Fri) (7:30 PM MST) – Tempe, AZ
Line: ASU -22.5, O/U: 70.5
Temp: 100°F, Precip: None, Wind: 5 KT SE
Game Quality Rating: 1/5
Weather Quality Rating: 2/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY, +1 #Pac12AfterDark)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 5/10

Friday, 9/1

Charlotte @ Eastern Michigan, 2030z (6:30 PM EDT) – Ypsilanti, MI
Line: EMU -14.0, O/U: 59
Temp: 66°F, Precip: None, Wind: 10 KT NE
Game Quality Rating: 1/5
Weather Quality Rating: 5/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 7/10

* #8 Washington @ Rutgers, 0000z (Sat) (8:00 PM EDT) – Piscataway, NJ
Line: UW -27.5, O/U: 52.5
Temp: 63°F, Precip: None, Wind: 5 KT NW
Game Quality Rating: 2/5
Weather Quality Rating: 5/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 8/10

Navy @ Florida Atlantic 0000z (Sat) (8:00 PM EDT) – Boca Raton, FL
Line: Navy -10.0, O/U: 68
Temp: 83°F, Precip: 40% TS, Wind: 9 KT SE
Game Quality Rating: 1/5
Weather Quality Rating: 3/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 5/10

* Colorado State vs. Colorado, 0000z (Sat) (6:00 PM MDT) – Denver, CO
Line: CU -4.0, O/U: 66.5
Temp: 88°F, Precip: None, Wind: 7 KT N
Game Quality Rating: 5/5
Weather Quality Rating: 3/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY, +1 Rivalry Game, -1 Neutral Site)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 9/10

* Utah State @ #9 Wisconsin, 0100z (Sat) (8:00 PM CDT) – Madison, WI
Line: Wisc -27.5, O/U: 52
Temp: 64°F, Precip: None, Wind: 5 KT E
Game Quality Rating: 2/5
Weather Quality Rating: 5/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 8/10

Boston College @ Northern Illinois, 0130z (Sat) (8:30 PM CDT) – DeKalb, IL
Line: BC -3.5, O/U: 51
Temp: 60°F, Precip: None, Wind: 7 KT NE
Game Quality Rating: 2/5
Weather Quality Rating: 5/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 8/10

Saturday, 9/2

Kent State @ #5 Clemson, 1600z (12:00 PM EDT) – Clemson, SC
Line: Clem -39.5, O/U: 51
Temp: 80°F, Precip: None, Wind: 7 KT SW
Game Quality Rating: 2/5
Weather Quality Rating: 4/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 7/10

Akron @ #6 Penn State, 1600z (12:00 PM EDT) – State College, PA
Line: PSU -30.5, O/U: 66
Temp: 56°F, Precip: 50% Rain, Wind: 5 KT SE
Game Quality Rating: 2/5
Weather Quality Rating: 3/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 6/10

Maryland @ #23 Texas, 1600z (11:00 AM CDT) – Austin, TX
Line: UT -18.5, O/U: 56
Temp: 87°F, Precip: None, Wind: Calm
Game Quality Rating: 3/5
Weather Quality Rating: 3/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 7/10

* Ball State @ Illinois, 1600z (11:00 AM CDT) – Champaign, IL
Line: Ill -6.5, O/U: 55
Temp: 69°F (nice), Precip: None, Wind: 6 KT N
Game Quality Rating: 2/5
Weather Quality Rating: 5/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 8/10

Wyoming @ Iowa, 1600z (11:00 AM CDT) – Iowa City, IA
Line: Iowa -11.5, O/U: 49.5
Temp: 70°F, Precip: None, Wind: 3 KT S
Game Quality Rating: 3/5
Weather Quality Rating: 5/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 9/10

Bowling Green @ Michigan State, 1600z (11:00 AM CDT) – East Lansing, MI
Line: MSU -17.0, O/U: 53.5
Temp: 65°F, Precip: None, Wind: 5 KT E
Game Quality Rating: 1/5
Weather Quality Rating: 5/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 7/10

California @ North Carolina, 1620z (12:20 PM EDT) – Chapel Hill, NC
Line: UNC -11.5, O/U: 56
Temp: 77°F, Precip: 40% Rain, Wind: 5 KT SE
Game Quality Rating: 3/5
Weather Quality Rating: 3/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 7/10

North Carolina State vs. South Carolina, 1900z (3:00 PM EDT) – Charlotte, NC
Line: N/A, O/U: N/A
Temp: 81°F, Precip: 20% Rain, Wind: 6 KT SW
Game Quality Rating: 4/5
Weather Quality Rating: 3/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY, -1 Neutral site)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 7/10

UTEP @ #7 Oklahoma, 1930z (2:30 PM CDT) – Norman, OK
Line: OU -43.0, O/U: 63
Temp: 82°F, Precip: None, Wind: 5 KT SE
Game Quality Rating: 2/5
Weather Quality Rating: 4/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 7/10

#11 Michigan vs. #17 Florida, 1930z (2:30 PM CDT) – Arlington, TX
Line: UM, O/U: 43
Temp: 90°F, Precip: None, Wind: 3 KT S
Game Quality Rating: 5/5
Weather Quality Rating: 3/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY, -1 Neutral site, -1 Half of Florida’s roster being suspended)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 7/10

Temple @ Notre Dame, 1930z (3:30 PM EDT) – South Bend, IN
Line: ND -18.5, O/U: 55
Temp: 73°F, Precip: None, Wind: 6 KT NE
Game Quality Rating: 3/5
Weather Quality Rating: 5/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 9/10

Nevada @ Northwestern, 1930z (2:30 PM CDT) – Evanston, IL
Line: NW -24.0, O/U: 60.5
TTemp: 73°F, Precip: None, Wind: 7 KT NE
Game Quality Rating: 2/5
Weather Quality Rating: 5/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 8/10

Troy @ Boise State, 1945z (1:45 PM MDT) – Boise, ID
Line: BSU -11.0, O/U: 62.5
Temp: 86°F, Precip: None, Wind: 5 KT S
Game Quality Rating: 3/5
Weather Quality Rating: 3/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY, -1 Wildfire haze)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 6/10

Kentucky @ Southern Mississippi, 2000z (3:00 PM CDT) – Hattiesburg, MS
Line: UK -10.5, O/U: 57.5
Temp: 87°F, Precip: None, Wind: 2 KT NE
Game Quality Rating: 3/5
Weather Quality Rating: 3/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 7/10

Western Michigan @ #4 Southern California, 2115z (2:15 PM PDT) – Los Angeles, CA
Line: USC -26.5, O/U: 58
Temp: 98°F, Precip: None, Wind: 8 KT SW
Game Quality Rating: 3/5
Weather Quality Rating: 3/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 7/10

Appalachian State @ #15 Georgia, 2215z (6:15 PM EDT) – Athens, GA
Line: UGA -14.5, O/U: 45.5
Temp: 83°F, Precip: None, Wind: 7 KT W
Game Quality Rating: 3/5
Weather Quality Rating: 4/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 8/10

Miami (OH) @ Marshall, 2230z (6:30 PM EDT) – Huntington, WV
Line: Mar -2.5, O/U: 45.5
Temp: 67°F, Precip: 50% Rain, Wind: 3 KT S
Game Quality Rating: 1/5
Weather Quality Rating: 3/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 5/10

Massachusetts @ Coastal Carolina, 2300z (7:00 PM EDT) – Conway, SC
Line: UMASS -2.5, O/U: 56.5
Temp: 85°F, Precip: 50% TS, Wind: S KT SE
Game Quality Rating: 1/5
Weather Quality Rating: 2/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 4/10

Georgia Southern @ #12 Auburn, 2330z (6:30 PM CDT) – Auburn, AL
Line: AU -34.5, O/U: 59.5
Temp: 79°F, Precip: None, Wind: 5 KT NE
Game Quality Rating: 2/5
Weather Quality Rating: 4/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 7/10

#16 Louisville @ Purdue, 2330z (7:30 PM EDT) – Indianapolis, IN
Line: UL -24.5, O/U: 68
Temp: 73°F, Precip: None, Wind: 5 KT NW
Game Quality Rating: 2/5
Weather Quality Rating: 5/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY, -1 Neutral Site)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 7/10

South Alabama @ Ole Miss, 2330z (6:30 PM CDT) – Oxford, MS
Line: Miss -23.5, O/U: 57
Temp: 81°F, Precip: None, Wind: 5 KT NW
Game Quality Rating: 1/5
Weather Quality Rating: 4/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 6/10

#3 Florida State vs. #1 Alabama, 0000z (Sun) (8:00 PM EDT) – Atlanta, GA
Line: Bama -7, O/U: 49.5
Temp: 81°F, Precip: None, Wind: 7 KT NW
Game Quality Rating: 5/5
Weather Quality Rating: 4/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY, +1 National title implications, +1 Intriguing neutral site, +1 ESPN College Gameday)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 13/10

Arkansas State @ Nebraska, 0000z (Sun) (7:00 PM CDT) – Lincoln, NE
Line: Neb -15.0, O/U: 47
Temp: 85°F, Precip: None, Wind: 5 KT S
Game Quality Rating: 2/5
Weather Quality Rating: 4/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 7/10

Vanderbilt @ Middle Tennessee, 0000z (Sun) (7:00 PM CDT) – Murfreesboro, TN
Line: Vandy -3.0, O/U: 59
Temp: 70°F, Precip: None, Wind: 5 KT NW
Game Quality Rating: 3/5
Weather Quality Rating: 5/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 9/10

BYU vs. #13 LSU, 0130z (Sun) (8:30 PM CDT) – New Orleans, LA
Line: LSU -14.5, O/U: 47.0
Temp: 86°F, Precip: None, Wind: 5 KT S
Game Quality Rating: 3/5
Weather Quality Rating: 3/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY, +1 Intriguing neutral site, +1 MORMONS IN NOLA DURING DECADENCE WEEKEND)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 9/10

Houston @ UTSA, Postponed
Here’s the link to our Harvey project again!

Sunday, 9/3

#22 West Virginia vs. #21 Virginia Tech, 2330z (7:30 PM EDT) – Landover, MA
Line: VT -4.0, O/U: 51.5
Temp: 73°F, Precip: 20% Rain, Wind: 6 KT NW
Game Quality Rating: 4/5
Weather Quality Rating: 4/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY, -1 Neutral site)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 8/10

* Texas A&M @ UCLA, 2330z (4:30 PM PDT) – Pasadena, CA
Line: UCLA -3.5, O/U: 56.5
Temp: 85°F, Precip: None, Wind: 2 KT S
Game Quality Rating: 4/5
Weather Quality Rating: 4/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 9/10

Monday, 9/4

#25 Tennessee vs Georgia Tech, 0000z (Tue) (8:00 PM EDT) – Atlanta, GA
Line: UT -3.0, O/U: 56
Temp: 81°F, Precip: None, Wind: 5 KT SW
Game Quality Rating: 4/5
Weather Quality Rating: 4/5
Bonuses/Deductions: (+1 FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY, +1 Intriguing neutral site)
Tailgate Quality Rating: 10/10

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