It is the eve of the division two national semifinal between MSU and Valdosta State and the Mavericks are ready to get play one more time at Blakeslee Stadium.
MSU has been practicing out in the cold all week long and the team is ready to use that to their advantage against the visitors from Georgia.
Acting head coach Aaron Keen says that the temperature isn't the only intangible going for the Mavs.
The team has been feeding off their fans who've grown in number as MSU gets deeper into the playoffs.
The Mavericks defense will have a full plate again, as the Blazers come in averaging over 42 points per game off of nearly 480 yards of offense per week.
Shutting down a high flying opponent will be nothing new for MSU as they give up under 17 points per game and just over 270 yards per contest this year.
The Mavs held Western Missouri to 10 points last Saturday, keeping the Griffons top running back in check with 50 yards after he entered the game with over two thousand yards on the year.
It is something MSU thinks they can repeat this week.
The Mavericks offensive attack will start on the ground where they have averaged over 235 yards per week, leading to over 36 points per game.
MSU can move it through the air as well, with quarterback Jon Wolf throwing 12 touchdowns in the 10 games he played.
Seven of Wolf's T-D passes have gone to senior wideout Adam Thielen, and Thielen feels this team is ready to go.
The MSU football team has to win one more game to reach the division two championship game.
The Mavericks already had home field advantage but might have a bonus in the showdown with Valdosta State out of Georgia, thanks to the weather.
The Blazers home was 40 degrees warmer than Mankato on Friday.
Acting head coach Aaron Keen says while the Mavericks might benefit from Mother Nature it will be his team's effort this week that will determine the outcome.