The road to CFB It is the trip of a lifetime to experience a day of matches at every Division I college football field in the country. As of 2022, there are 131 items on the list and that number is growing.
There are 131 different cities, 131 different campuses, 131 different cultures, and thousands of different traditions. I am very excited to share these experiences with you.
From big cities like Austin and Los Angeles to remote college towns like Pullman and Starkville, my goal is to experience Game Day. Save your game highlights to SportsCenter – I’m here to share what it’s like to watch the game from the stands. This includes the best bars, the most unique and most exciting traditions.
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The Road to CFB: The Beginning
In the fall of 2015, I was a student at Bowling Green State University. Part of the freshman experience was to sign up for anything with anyone The school was offering a spot on the fan bus to travel to see the Falcons play in Bordeaux.
Although I grew up a die-hard Ohio State fan, I’ve never been to a college football game.
We walked in four hours from the cornfields to West Lafayette (plus points if you can point them out on the map). The second time I got off the bus, I was overwhelmed with senses: the smell of charcoal grills, the chatter and excitement of tail gates, and the general blast in the air on Big Saturday.
We sat close to the field in the end zone at Ross Ade Stadium. The first thing I noticed on this heady match day was that the stadium had a distinct smell. It is pine and aromatic, which perfectly complements the brick buildings and pine trees on campus.
Purdue came out with the biggest drum kit in the world. This wasn’t an NFL game – there was so much to enjoy and enjoy. The cheers, the band, and even the PA announcer put me in a state of euphoria that I never felt outside the college football field.
To top it all off, he upset Bowling Green Purdue, running in a win-win game with nine seconds left. But that was the only play I remember.
Since that day in September, I’ve been chasing the peak of Game Day.
The first four years
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Lots of sports fans have their wish list: visit every MLB stadium or watch every home game of their favorite team. For me, there was no deliberation I wanted.
I decided to take the trip officially in 2018. It started as a trip to visit every stadium, empty or full. Empty stadiums are great (and I’m still chasing them), but it wasn’t match day. It wasn’t satisfying enough. Thus the path to CFB was born.
since then, I’ve been to a game in over 30 different places and visited 104 in total. No two were even remotely alike and they both take me back to that 2015 afternoon.
I’ve gone to schools as big as Texas and as small as Kent State. Each one has their own unique story and feel. Since schools can’t (and don’t want to) replicate each other, it’s an endless series of excitement and questioning.
Truly, no sport can compare.
Here is a list of every match I’ve played so far.
CONTINUE JOURNEY 2022
This year, I can’t wait to share more than a dozen new game experiences with you. My goal is to help you feel the same excitement as your biggest fan at school on a Saturday morning. I want to share the best traditions, the best bands, the best fans and the best stadiums with you every Saturday.
Check weekly for new game day write-ups and Continue with the trip here.
In 2022, I’m going to venture into the Midwest, with schools like Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and Notre Dame watching his movements. However, my travels are not limited to the largest schools in the country, I will also visit the MAC Center, with the games in the Toledo, Western Michigan, and Akron Lined up as well.
Will I see you on the road? Check back next Monday for a preview of where I’ll be in 2022. Also follow on social media (as this is where I share the most!) Instagram And the Twitter. Even better – if you have travel suggestions or will be on the road, send me a message. I am always excited to meet new friends.
Happy college football season, everyone.
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