The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Michigan State Spartans will kick off at 8:12 p.m. EDT Saturday under clear skies and amid very hot weather, according to the latest Accuweather forecast.
The sun will set about 40 minutes prior to kickoff, but that will do little to ease the temperature. Accuweather says it will be 80 degrees Fahrenheit at kickoff, down just three degrees from the previous hour. Winds will be blowing at 5 miles per hour out of the southeast and won’t pick up at all during the game.
If you plan on tailgating, please pack plenty of water and sunscreen in addition to your usual spread. Lots open at 1 p.m., when the temperature is supposed to be 87 degrees. The RealFeel temperature — which takes into consideration the humidity, cloud cover and sun intensity — will be 103 degrees. You’ll be baking like a toasted cheeser out there folks.
There is also a good chance that East Lansing will break its record for hottest Sept. 23 ever too. The record is 90 degrees, set in 1891. Accuweather says it expects temperatures to reach 91 degrees by 4 p.m. Saturday.
The high was 71 degrees in East Lansing on Sept. 23 last year, with a low of 58 degrees. Saturday’s low is expected to be 62 degrees.
The temperature at kickoff for last year’s game at Notre Dame Stadium was 77 degrees. The Spartans won that game — which was also played at night — 36-28.
Go Irish. Beat Spartans.