Ohio State's season opener against Oregon was postponed by nearly 70 minutes due to the bad weather in Columbus. At half-time, OSU went into the dressing room with a 42-14 lead when the delay was announced:
Here at Ohio Stadium they announced that due to "bad weather" it will be at least 30 minutes before the game resumes.
– Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) September 1, 2018
In the area it rained violently:
During a college football game, there are several employees who monitor the weather conditions in the area Area:
Former Florida affiliate AD Chip Howard was involved in Gators 2014 long Idaho game delay, due to lightning in Gainesville (Glensville).
"The lightning when it's 15 miles [away] we let the coaches know and the umpire, "said Howard." And then, when it hits eight miles, you begin to doubt. That's the easy part of it. The hard part is figuring out and forecasting because you have television, you have two coaches that are intense and hard-fought, and you have to worry the fans first and foremost. We have pretty accurate protocols that we will implement soon as that. So, all these things just go according to plan, what does not happen is 'OK, how long will it take?' After a lightning strike, it's 30 minutes before you can resume the game, "according to NCAA rules
Most teams have a centralized ability to monitor the weather, sometimes campuses have their own, and sometimes they use common services like AccuWeather Florida has a volunteer lightning scientist who sits with the operations staff during the games Marshall uses third-party software specifically to track lightning.
After the initial delay, the game resumed around 3:10 pm ET Two years ago, Ohio State's Oklahoma season opener was delayed due to lightning in Norman.
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