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Weather for Final College Bowl Games and Championship Game

How much will weather be a factor in the big games?

A B-2 stealth bomber passes over the Rose Bowl during pregame festivities for the NCAA college football game between Stanford and Wisconsin on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

By Vickie Frantz, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer

The college football matches are in their final days before the BCS Championship Game takes place on Monday.

Thursday

The Oregon Ducks will take on the Kansas State Wildcats at the Fiesta Bowl at 8:30 p.m. EST.
"It will be mainly clear with a pre-game temperature around 60 degrees F," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Andy Mussoline. "The temperature by the time the game ends may fall to 48 degrees F."

The game will be played in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The stadium has a retractable roof and, according to reports from azcentral.com, stadium spokesperson Kristen Pflipsen said they are considering keeping the roof open for the game. It all depends on the weather.

If the roof stays open, it will be the first time the game has been played with an open roof since it has been hosted at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Friday

The Texas A&M Aggies play against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Kickoff time is 8 p.m. EST.

"It will be cloudy and chilly with pre-game temperatures in the mid- to lower 40s," said Mussoline. "The high temperature for the day is only 48 degrees F."

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Saturday

The Pittsburgh Panthers take on the Mississippi Rebels at 1 p.m. EST in Birmingham, Ala.
"At game time, it will be mostly cloudy with a temperature of 54 degrees F," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Mike Pigott.

Sunday

At 9 p.m. EST, the Kent State Golden Flashes play the Arkansas State Red Wolves in Mobile, Ala.

"The temperature at kickoff will be 58 degrees F," Pigott said. "It will be mostly cloudy for the game with a chance of showers."

Monday

The BCS Championship Game kicks off at 8:30 p.m. EST when the Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Miami, Fla.

"It will be 70 degrees F at kickoff time," said Mussoline. "It will be a dry day with winds out of the northeast at 6-12 mph."

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