It will be cold Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo.
It probably will be windy making it a bitter cold.
The snowstorm that hit the past couple days is supposed to clear out for game day, but theres snow on the ground.
Throw in an airplane ride, a strange city and a hostile crowd, and youve got all kinds of elements that could affect the Boise State football team when the No. 21 Broncos take on the Wyoming Cowboys.
Thats life on the road in college football particularly for a program like well-traveled Boise State, which will play in five time zones this season.
I prepare for the worst, junior wide receiver Aaron Burks said. Usually when I show up Im actually surprised that it didnt go wrong. Coach (Chris Petersen) kind of trained us that you can only mess yourself up.
Petersen, who is 79-7 in seven seasons as a head coach, tries to prepare his team for whatever elements they might face. He has simulated crowd noise and humidity, practiced on grass and indoors (for the Kibbie Dome) and dunked footballs in buckets of water to prepare for rain.
This week, the team spent part of its time practicing outside. Even when the Broncos went inside to escape the rain, Petersen left the building chilly.
Saturdays forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-30s, expected to drop throughout the game.
Itll be cold, Petersen said. Weve got cold here, so that will be helpful.
Said senior cornerback Jamar Taylor: Our coaches do a good job of preparing us and making us mentally tough.
SEVEN INTANGIBLES OF A ROAD GAME
This is the Broncos second trip this season to a high-elevation venue (New Mexico was the other). Wyoming touts its 7,220 feet of lung-sucking altitude, but Boise State coach Chris Petersen downplays it. Altitude is not an issue, he said. It hasnt ever been an issue for us.
The Broncos run into wind as much at home as on the road. But Laramie is notorious for wind. In a 2006 visit, Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky was 12-for-20 for 116 yards. Wind is very hard, Petersen said.
RAIN AND SNOW
The Broncos rarely see snow. Rain doesnt bother teams like it used to because of the wide use of artificial turf. Its supposed to be dry in Laramie, but theres a good chance the Broncos will get wet on their next trip at Hawaii. Unless its really, really coming down, they can keep the balls fairly dry and not real heavy, Petersen said.
This used to be kryptonite to the Broncos. Theyve learned to handle it better and Petersen has started preparing for it by using heat and a wet field to create a sticky environment in the Caven-Williams Sports Complex. Even that doesnt compare to the real thing. Some players struggled this year at Southern Miss. A lot of times when youre in the humidity, its coupled with the sun, Petersen said. Thats what really makes it tough. That one is a hard one because we just dont live in it. Senior left guard Joe Kellogg struggled through a 100-degree, humid game at Fresno State in 2009. You start to feel like your calves are tightening up and you start to cramp, he said.
Perhaps Boise States two worst performances of the WAC era came in front of the largest crowd in program history 92,746 at Georgia in 2005 and the most comically small crowd 14,630 at 70,000-seat Rice Stadium in 2001. Its important, Petersen said, to give players an idea of what to expect. Energy in a stadium can (affect the game) if you kind of misread the environment, he said. (A loud crowd) is hard, but its pretty good its not going to be for a lack of energy. Youve got to make sure your kids anxiety levels are down and are under control. That can make it tough.
The Broncos are accustomed to long airplane rides to places such as Hawaii, Georgia, Michigan and Mississippi. Petersen helps combat any issues time changes, strange game times and tight muscles, among them by leaving 48 hours before many of those far-flung games.
FOOD AND ACCOMMODATIONS
The Broncos are no different than other travelers sometimes they just dont like the places they end up. They no longer stay at hotels like the bug-infested joint they found in 2001 in Ruston, La. the teams standards are higher but the food varies from region to region. I love going on the road, senior linebacker J.C. Percy said. I think its fun. You get to see different stadiums, and I always enjoy that. But if we go to a hotel and the foods not good, thats kind of a bummer for us.