Originally Posted by jojo
I've already indicated calling New Orleans a neutral venue for LSU is a stretch at best.
I think the better team won on 1/7/2008. Playing in 60 degree weather like Cincy experienced that day (59 was the low; it hit 65 in Cleveland) would not have changed the outcome.
But if you're asking would playing in snow increase the chances of a weaker team beating a stronger team, well, ya, it might. Can you really make a compelling argument that the National Championship game should be played in crappy weather though?
Does playing in perfect conditions really determine the best team? I think when you are building a program you have to consider the environment you are playing in. Sure it can be 60 degrees in Ohio in January but it also can be 0. If your playing your last 4 games in cold weather it changes up the style you play. You have to make considerations for that, you may not throw the ball as much.
I just don't get the idea that taking an Alabama, LSU, Florida and having them play and outdoor game in the north won't effect them. The furthest north the SEC teams play a demanding game is Knoxville. IMO it makes a difference and its not just the snow or rain, just the cold weather. I have family from Florida and its quite funny to watch how they react to cold weather at Christmas.