Cold weather, No. 1 seed stand between Argos and championship game

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Staff writer

The University of West Florida Argos continue their improbable playoff run Saturday when they travel to a frozen Northeast for their semifinal game against No. 1-ranked Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The game is slated for noon on Saturday and will pit the Argos, 10-3 and seeded No. 4 in the semifinals, against the Crimson Hawks, 13-0 and the last undefeated team in Division II.

The winner secures a berth in the NCAA Division II national championship game, which will take place Dec. 16 and be broadcast on ESPN2.

To say there is a buzz around campus surrounding the Argos might be a gross understatement. Students and faculty alike are proud of their team and plan on attending one of many watch parties happening across Pensacola Saturday.

“It’s amazing that the program is only in it’s second year and seeing what they are capable of is crazy,” Tristan Anderson, UWF freshman digital art major said. “It brings everyone together and everyone is just super proud of our football team, I know I am.”

Jake Wright of Pi Kappa said he is looking forward to the game.

“I hope they win, and am excited to see them bring it home this weekend,” Wright said.

When the team arrives in Western Pennsylvania Friday, the weather will be a stark contrast to what the Argos are used to in Pensacola. The game time temperature will be 32 degrees, and Coach Pete Shinnick and his staff are doing everything they can to have the players ready.

“A lot of our guys have never been on a plane, and some have never seen snow, so this will be a very interesting trip,” Shinnick said on his coach’s show on Thursday.

The weather is not the only obstacle standing in the way of a win on Saturday. The Crimson Hawks have been in the top five on offense and defense for the second half of the season.

“Our guys know the opponent,” Shinnick said on his show. “They’re studying them and we’ll do everything we can to get them prepared for the weather, and then they have to go out there and play the game the way they’re capable of playing.”

Fans can watch Saturday’s game on ESPN 3 or the Watch ESPN app, or listen to the action on 97.1 FM. Miller’s Ale House on North Davis Highway will host a watch party.