Alabama vs. Ohio State Picks & Predictions: Is Miami’s Weather a Factor for National Title Game?
Joel Auerbach/Getty Images. Pictured: The CFP National Championship Trophy in Hard Rock Stadium.
- Hard Rock Stadium in Miami will host tonight's National Championship game between Ohio State and Alabama, and the weather should be nice.
- The stadium's orientation and architecture may also play a role, which typically isn't the case around the country.
- Collin Wilson explains how weather and Hard Rock Stadium will impact tonight's game.
There could not be a better forecast for the National Championship game. Miami Gardens is expected to see 70 degrees with no precipitation leading up to kickoff, making it a beautiful Monday night.
Turf issues experienced in previous playoff games in Santa Clara and Glendale will not be a factor at Hard Rock Stadium.
The last time this venue hosted a playoff game, 79 total points were scored in a high-scoring affair between Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray. That game had three field goal attempts split the uprights, as wind did not play a factor.
The most recent Super Bowl between the Chiefs and 49ers at Hard Rock also saw success on every field goal attempt.
Joe Robbie Stadium was renovated in 2015 and 2016, providing the new Hard Rock Stadium a flat roof that vertically covers the seats.
The wind can be overstated in this specific venue, as the new design does not allow winds to swirl at field level.
Although wind may jet across the sidelines, most of that will be above where the action will be played. Bettors should expect no restrictions in points from a wind, precipitation or turf angle.
If anything, rain would play a bigger factor from a weather standpoint, but precipitation is not expected on Monday night.