Severe weather moving in on MetLife Stadiym has delayed the start of the second half between the Syracuse Orange and No. 2-ranked USC Trojans. The delay began just as the second half was set to get underway with USC leading the Orange, 14-3.
About five minutes after the delay started, an official media announcement was made that the game would resume 30-45 minutes after the first rain fall. In East Rutherford, NJ, the rain began to fall at 5:36 p.m.
Since the start of the day, this was a concern as severe weather has threatened most of the Northeast. Initially, it was predicted the weather would arrive between 4-5 p.m., however, it arrived more at the tail end of that prediction.
Does the delay favor one team over the other? I would say it helps USC more than the Orange, who tacked on a field goal at the end of regulation and was schedule to receive the ball at the start of the half. This delay may stall that possible second-half momentum.
As for the weather forecast, the local AccuWeather radar shows that a big storm cell just moved north of the stadium and it could be just showers the rest of the night.
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