TCU coach Gary Patterson strode onto the field during pregame warmups two years ago wearing short sleeves despite the 17-degree weather.
The Horned Frogs were at Air Force when the temperature dropped under 10 degrees in the second half and most of the game was played in freezing rain.
An ominous "frozen fog" loomed over the field in the second half. Patterson was trying to boldly illustrate a point to his players before kickoff.
"I went outside in short sleeves and slid on the ice," he said. "If I'm going to act like it's too cold, then they're going to act the same way."
Although forecasts call for a 60 percent chance of precipitation today at Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium with a high of 38 degrees, it will likely pale in comparison to that day in Colorado Springs, Colo., which set a record low for the date.
That same year TCU played a November game at Wyoming when bad weather never materialized, and the Frogs enjoyed a sunny 45-10 rout.
TCU (6-2, 3-0 in Mountain West) faces a much better team today, though. The Cowboys (5-2, 2-0) are in the league title hunt after a 30-27 victory at San Diego State last week.
"I'm from Kansas; I played in snow my whole life and I didn't consider it bad weather, it was just different," Patterson said. "It's just a way of life up there. They're practicing in it every day."
Patterson during the week downplayed today's potential inclement weather, saying repeatedly that only losers talked about the weather.
TCU has had no problem beating the elements, along with the competition, in recent years. The Frogs won at Clemson despite playing in a steady second-half downpour in 2009 and then won 20-17 at Air Force in the freezing rain.
But those teams were veteran groups with proven leaders, such as Andy Dalton, Daryl Washington and Tejay Johnson. Weather wasn't going to distract them from the task at hand.
The team's leaders have similar "whatever" attitudes toward playing in bad weather, a view Patterson, no doubt, has cultivated.
"It's something we don't get to do a lot," said offensive lineman Jeff Olson, who grew up playing in the snow in Columbus, Ohio. "I'm kind of ready to get up there in a little different atmosphere. It's going to be fun. A couple of the skinny guys are probably dreading it and probably throwing in a couple extra pair of long sleeves, but we're ready to get after a really good opponent."
Olson was a young reserve at Air Force in '09, mostly watching from the sideline. That's probably tougher physically than playing every play and working up body heat.
"I remember trying to get as close to that heater as possible and wrapping up in that big jacket," Olson said. "It was just bitter cold to the core."
After the game, which ended in dense fog, making the night look even darker, the team waited two hours for its charter jet to be de-iced.
Patterson pointed out that a number of his players took advantage of the snow when Fort Worth was hit with a storm last winter.
"They closed campus, but they didn't stay inside. They were sledding down hills and out in the middle of it. It's kind of a novelty for us," Patterson said. "A Texas kid has never played in the snow."
Besides, Patterson reminded during his Tuesday media luncheon, nothing could be worse than the Air Force game.
"Unless the wind is blowing 60 miles an hour, then it's a big deal, and it could be up there," he said. "But it could not be any worse than it was at Air Force, I promise you that. Our camera in the end zone froze because it was sleeting side ways.
"But you know what, I'm kind of excited about it. I haven't been in the snow yet this year."