Kansas coach Charlie Weis is no stranger to bitter cold games. As offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots from 2000-2004, he had a front row seat to memorable encounters, particularly in the playoffs. In 2001, Weis watched a very young Tom Brady overcome the Oakland Raiders and several inches of snow to win a Divisional Playoff game.
Two years later, his Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans in the same round in a night game where the temperature at kickoff was already below zero. Several players admitted afterwards to experiencing frostbite.
“It was about 13 below zero at kickoff and that didn’t even include the wind chill and it was awful, absolutely awful,” Weis said. “I remember when I got inside there wasn’t enough hot chocolate in the room to warm up.”
While it won’t be that quite that cold Saturday night in Ames, when Weis current team faces Iowa State, it will still present challenges, but contrary to what some think, it’ll challenge both teams on the field at Jack Trice Stadium. Temperature at kickoff is expected to be between 10-15 degrees and falling with wind chills that will dip below zero. No doubt, the cold will be a major storyline in what may be one of the coldest Jayhawk football games ever.
Kansas (3-7, 1-6) will face an Iowa State team that has struggled in every way imaginable. The Cyclones (1-9. 0-7) have been in many games, but like Kansas, they haven’t been able to finish. In fact, the two programs mirror each other in many ways, historically.
For the Jayhawks, it’ll be a chance to win a second consecutive Big 12 game, a week after snapping their 27 game conference losing streak with an emphatic 31-19 win over West Virginia. It’s also an opportunity to win their first road game since a 34-7 triumph at UTEP in week two of the 2009 season. A win would also be the first Big 12 road win since a 35-33 win, ironically over Iowa State in October 2008.