YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – For Youngstown State’s playoff football game on Saturday against Wofford, not only will the Penguins get home field advantage, but they’ll also get home weather advantage.
Even though this is the first time the Penguins have been to the third round of the playoffs in nearly ten years, they are no stranger to playing in the cold.
Wofford, on the other hand, has played every game this season in the deep south. Their most northern opponent was only from Tennessee. Until now.
Looking at the last three games Wofford has played, all in South Carolina, two games have been sunny and above 60 degrees.
The last game against the Citadel was the coldest weather the team has played in all season, with highs in the upper 50s.
With a high temperature in the 20s for this weekend’s game, it will be 30 degrees colder than what Wofford has seen so far.
But just how much of an effect will a thirty-degree drop have on a player?
“I think they’ll have a difficult time with the coordination of their hands, with being able to catch the ball and perform tackles appropriately, because they are not going to be used to the cold temperatures,” said Tammie Mussari, with Drayer Physical Therapy Institute in Boardman. “They are going to have difficulty with sensation, and gripping, and everything will be a little slower with reaction time as well.”
So be sure to grab a jacket if you’re headed to the game to help cheer on the Penguins, because we all know Mother Nature will be helping them, too.