If warm-weather football teams have an advantage early in the season when the temperature reaches into the triple, cold-weather teams have a commensurate advantage when the temperature drops late in the season.
For Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman, however, nothing significant will change this week as the Horns prepare to travel to Ames to take on the Iowa State Cyclones with temperatures forecast in the 30s at game time.
It will be cold in Austin on Tuesday with highs in the 40s, so Texas will practice outside, but otherwise, Herman said that there isn’t much to do in order to prepare for the cold temperatures.
“But, again, temperature is way down the list in terms of things that — weather phenomenon that you gotta deal with when it comes to football,” Herman said on Monday. “We’ve got sweats and tight and gloves. They will be fine. They will be running around, I’m sure we will have heaters on the sidelines.”
Wind and rain and snow can impact a team’s game plan, but there’s only a 10-percent chance of precipitation on Saturday, so that shouldn’t be a concern.
“You don’t ever alter or think of the impact of temperature, alter your game plan or think of the impact of temperature,” Herman said. “Twenty mile-an-hour wind, that will affect some of what you do; sideways rain, that will affect what you do, but cold is — it doesn’t really affect your game plan whatsoever.”