Who will be the better conditioned team?
Last week, neither team really had to worry about being the better conditioned team as they took on lower-level FCS programs. While they still had to be conditioned properly, they could probably get away with being out of shape a tad when it comes to being in game shape. After all, neither team last week got into a track meet with their opponent, however this weekend that could change.
It’s going to be hot, humid, and just an overall muggy atmosphere on Saturday in Tampa Bay and with kickoff set for high noon, it won’t a pleasurable atmosphere for players or fans alike.
On Saturday, each teams conditioning is going to be put to the limit especially if it turns into a track meet which is certainly possible with two high powered offenses. If it does turn into a “track meet”, “barn burner”, or whatever you may want to call it, both teams are going to need their players to be in mid-season shape in the first week of the season.
On Saturday, don’t be surprise if you see players going down with cramps throughout the game as well as being flat out tired as the games goes on. The overall heat and humidity may not be all that different between Atlanta and Tampa but teams never truly get a good idea of how well conditioned they are until they game into game action against a strong opponent. Will the conditioning if each respective team be a potential deciding point in Saturday’s game? It remains to be foreseen but it’s not out of the question either.