Weather could play a factor when Notre Dame hosts Michigan on Saturday.
If you’re headed to the Notre Dame season opener against Michigan tomorrow, bring some wet weather clothes — it’s going to be a soggy day.
There will be scattered thunderstorms in the area for most of the day, and those storms are expected to dump a decent amount of rain on and around the Notre Dame campus between noon and 6 p.m.
The rain will start to taper off between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., leaving only some clouds in the area for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Notre Dame’s turf is built to handle the rain, so the play on the field won’t be impacted for the better part of the first three quarters. We can’t make any promises about the seats and bleachers, but you should be standing for the entire game anyway.
There is a pretty good chance that the rain will start back up around 10 p.m., likely lasting from mid-to-late third quarter until the clock hits zero.
Both teams are built to run the ball well, but Michigan is expected to rely more on the passing game than the Irish are. That late rain will play a factor in the final outcome of the contest if the game is still close at that time.
Additionally, the weather is going to contribute to what many were already thinking would be a low-scoring affair thanks to two elite defenses. The possibility of a lightning-related delay is also very real, and we’ve seen long stoppages change momentum in games before.
Bottom line: prepare for the elements and potentially a long night at Notre Dame stadium.