If there is any experience that rivals viewing a college football game in the actual gridiron venue, it is watching "the game" or all the games in a bar or eatery in a college town.
Yes, thrown in with a throng of zealous enthusiasts, you spend a lazy Saturday afternoon and evening ordering appetizers, lagers and such all while you watch a full day of college football unfold before your very eyes.
Roaring cheers, audible gasps and shared passions are on the emotionally-charged menu as the home team plays and as the home team's arch-rivals play (and hopefully suffer desperate defeats).
The following slideshow pinpoints 50 fabulous bars in 50 of the top college towns throughout this great nation where the collegiate gridiron enthusiast can get a full throttle game day-viewing experience.
This landmark piece of literary work is unique, as the actual list of establishments was compiled with the help of college football fans all across the country; B/R colleagues, friends, family members and acquaintances combined their opinions to create what has to be considered one of the best listings of college bars ever presented in this provocative format.
The registry should be used as a guide, a travel companion, a font of information and a gentle escort as the out-of-town fan makes his or her way to visit an otherwise foreign collegiate locale.
So, friend, plug the listed coordinates into your GPS and come hither for the "next best thing" to the actual game experience.
Many thanks to all my esteemed collaborators who joined forces as a panel to produce this ground-breaking catalog of institutionally-linked saloons, inns, taverns and eateries.