West Point. Made it to several games. Its a category of college sports unto itself. Not like college but not like pros. Very cool.
NCAA Football Games you've been to that didn't involve Michigan
Toledo vs Fresno State 08
Toledo vs Ball St. 08
Toledo vs Colorado 09
Ohio State spring game in 06 if that counts
Toledo vs Kansas in 07. That was a good one. Kansas fans travel surprisingly well. It was fun to kick their butts.
I watched the Michigan game in the afternoon, and then in the evening saw Marshall pound on some poor MAC team.
I've also seen a bunch of Badger games. The free ticket supply dried up in the late nineties, though, and I think the last game was when Wisconsin beat Purdue in another night game when Drew Brees was at Purdue.
EDIT: I forgot the 1985 Cherry Bowl, Maryland beating up on Syracuse in the Silverdome.
Western Michigan vs Central Michigan in 2005, Minnesota vs MSU in 2006 and a whole lot of University of Houston games since (I have a friend that works as the equipment manager there).
1994 Rose Bowl - Wisconsin vs UCLA - i dropped $10 in front of the guy at the gate midway thru the 3rd qtr and he let me walk past the turnstile...since i had no official seat, i had to quickly walk up a section before an usher had a chance to ask for my ticket. i ended up at the top of one of many Wisc sections and found a seat in the aisle. UW won, it was an amazing game.
1994 USC at ND - my uncle was an executive MBA student at the time and had front row tix at the 20....i remember being able to walk onto the sideline at ND stadium w/o anyone saying anything. ND also won.
2003 Purdue at Wisconsin - my little cousin's freshman year at UW...the only reason i went to that game is b/c we didn't play the badgers that year. can't remember who won that one, though fun time regardless
the entire 2007 Colorado home schedule, including the below zero game against Nebraska haha (FUN). Toledo vs. Colorado 2009.
Future: Maryland vs. Virginia on October 17
Handful of GVSU games, only one being a loss (2003 vs. Saginaw Valley).
BTW, cool topic idea.
Handful of WMU, Albion, and Hope college games.
Every UNC home game in 2001 and 2002.
ND @ Purdue twice.
Oklahoma @ A&M 2002 when they knocked off #1 OU.
Handful of USC & UCLA games including USC/Texas Rose Bowl.
Arkansas @ UGA night game.
UGA/Florida Cocktail party in Jacksonville.
Random Arkansas spring game.
That's all I got.
Oops, forgot to add Auburn @ LSU this year, October 24th.
UMass @ Texas Tech (2008)
Baylor @ Texas (2008)
Does the Penn State spring game count (2007)?
I'm working on a Rice and Houston game this year as well.
I'm hoping you were in Lubbock for a reason other than seeing UMass get crushed. Maybe checking out The National Ranching Heritage Center? What else is in Lubbock?
I've got a sister that goes there. I would be going up for the New Mexico game this year, but I've got work. I just wanted to see the stadium. I need to go on a non-parent's weekend.
Oh, and now the college baseball foundation and hall of fame. Also worth me going to. It wasn't open during my visit.
Yeah, Tech is the best part about Lubbock. To make matters worse, I went to Austin this weekend for the Texas vs. TTU game. Austin >>>>>>>>>> Lubbock.
Georgia @ Auburn football game
Beautiful women, unlike anything I've ever seen up north.
The atmosphere was similar to an afternoon at Michigan stadium against a MAC team, very quiet. The SEC fan bases are generally good with the exception of LSU. Georgia and Auburn fans were very cordial with one another. Southern hospitality isn't a myth.
I saw the Kentucky @ Georgia game in 2007. It was a fun game to watch. It's almost sad to say that the crowd there was louder than the Big House.
My first was WVU vs. Kentucky. at old Mountaineer field.
Then I saw WVU vs. East Carolina. at new Mountaineer field.
My old college East Tennessee State a few times before they
disbanded football a couple of years ago.
Quite a few University of Tennessee games. Against Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Louisville, a few more I don't even remember.
Funny story, I've never been to a Michigan game. I haven't lived in Michigan since 1978. Lots of family there and My parents are back there now also In Lambertville 43 miles from Ann Arbor...but I digress. My wife knowing my love for the Wolverines was going to surprise me with tickets to a game. Since she attended Applachian State she was going to get tickets for that one since it would be an easy win !!!??!! Fortunately something fell through and she couldn't get the tickets or my first game would have been the horror.
as well as the past two Motor City bowls.
2 Badgers home games so far this year (Northern Illinois, Fresno State) and will probably go to the rest of the Big Ten schedule including Michigan (am a graduate student at UW)
Was also at the Ohio State-Penn State tilt last fall
Been to quite a few Clemson games throughout the years. Experienced Florida State and Virginia Tech in Death Valley along with the Miami game in 2005 which is the loudest I've ever heard that stadium. The youtube video of that game is unreal.
Here it is for reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaJwiOjt9fE
I was at Miami @ FSU game this previous labor day which turned out to be a classic.
Been to Williams-Brice(SCar) once in my life. Never plan on going back. Place is an absolute dump and some of the most obnoxious fans I've ever encountered. I live 2 hours from Columbia.
Nothing compares to Michigan Stadium. I trek once a year to Ann Arbor and will be there for the Penn State game this year.
Columbia v Cornell, Cornell won and Columbia's band was very entertaining.
Yale v Harvard, The Yale Bowl was pretty cool. The alumni chanted "safety school" at one another. I forget who won.
What a great fall afternoon..... the almost European-looking campus, the Ithaca falls, the consuming of all things related to apples, even the wine tours the day before to make the Mrs. happy. Definitely recommend a fall weekend to Ithaca for anyone.
I've also been to more Penn State games than I can count, since it's nearby and there's some diehards in my family. It is a great gameday experience, and I've seen some really talented players make some pretty amazing plays-- LaVar Arrington, Drew Brees, Lee Evans, etc.
I've been to the Pitt/WVU game in 2006 and 2008, both times in Pittsburgh. Last year was especially good, considering that Pitt won and I pissed off a bunch of WVU fans by wearing a Michigan shirt.
I've been to a variety of small-college football games in southeastern Michigan, but as far as major college football:
-An Air Force game back in the 90s; I don't remember who they were playing, but I remember loving the experience and the scenery. There's nothing quite like the atmosphere at a service academy, and when you look out the end of the stadium, you're looking at the Rockies.
-A Notre Dame game against Purdue a few years ago; I had family at ND, and I got to sit in the ND student section. It was actually a great experience.
Just a note about ND's student section ticket policies: they're insane. The ticket had my name on it, and I had to show photo ID with the same name to get into the stadium. I couldn't believe how much work it took to get into the student section and how tightly they control it.
Georgia-Georgia Tech last year in Athens. Great game.
I went to the '06 game in Athens...Tech should have won that game too, but yeah, Reggie Ball. Been to plenty of other GT home and road games (Clemson, Duke, Maryland, Gator Bowl, etc.) over the last eight years. I don't think I have ever been to a college game that did not involve either M or GT though.
My Dad once took me to a Purdue v MSU game, at East Lansing. It was the late 1970s, I was already a Ricky Leach fan, UM fan. (So were my Parents) I am certain the tickets were free and UM had an away game. About the only thing I remember was a frisbee catching dog from MSU named Zeke the Wonderdog.
(Saw some MAC Games, primarily Chips, since all my best friends went there.)
Many U Toledo games in the late 60's, early 70's. (Sold Pepsi in the stands in 1971 (last season of 35-game win streak) and 1972).
Cal at OSU - 1971 (give or take a year)
Notre Dame - Alabama - 1975 Orange Bowl
Many games at UNC when I was in grad school 1978-80 (with Lawrence Taylor)
Syracuse at Pitt 1982 (Dan Marino) and probably another Pitt game or two in 1981 and 1982
North Carolina @ Maryland 1983 (Boomer Esiason)
West Virginia @ Maryland 2002 or so, Rich Rod's first year I think
Virginia Tech - Southern Cal at Fed Ex Field (Reggie Bush) 2004
Maryland @ Virginia 2005
Boston College @ UNC 2005
Virginia @ Maryland 2005
Miami @ Maryland 2006
Georgia Tech @ Maryland 2006
Wake Forest @ Virginia 2007
West Virginia @ Maryland 2007
Maryland @ Virginia 2008
Maryland @ Va Tech 2008
Can you tell I live in DC area now?
So a fellow UNC Wolverine I see. Good stuff. How often do you get back to Chapel Hill?
when we are in North Carolina, which is typically when there are NCAA tournament games in Greensboro or Raleigh.
03 OSU at Penn State
07 OSU at Purdue
And later this year, The Iron Bowl, Alabama at Auburn.
I've been to several Vanderbilt games which have all been varying degrees of boring.
Believe Ronald Curry was on the team for NC and so was Julius Peppers back in 2000.
Not sure if Mack Brown was there or not? It was kinda around the time Unc was actually good before last year.
Don't remember much because I was 9... but that year I also saw Wake Forest and Duke play in Durham... I knew they were both bad because they were selling team basketball photos in the concession stands instead of football stuff.
Grew up in Saint Louis:
Mizzou vs. Illinois in Saint Louis
Mizzou vs. Texas (ugly)
Mizzou vs. Middle Tennessee State (really ugly)
These were all over five years ago, before Missouri was any good. I was never really a fan, but it was the only thing close. That is until I went to school at Michigan.
A lot to list I'll highlight the bowls and some of the best.
Las Vegas Bowl 01
Rosebowl 06 (title game), 08, 09
Orange Bowl 03, 05 (title game)
OSU-USC September 12th
Notre Dame-USC 05 (Bush Push Game)
Apple Cups 1990-2000
Central vs. Western. Can't remember what year but it was cold and it poured down rain as soon as the game started. I think we stayed for five minutes.
Central vs ball st 2002.
Almost every UVA game from 2000 to 2003, plus also the Purdue/CMU Motor City Bowl and Purdue/Maryland C****s S****s Bowl.
I have been to about 100 UM football games. A couple of times I accidently showed up at games where UM was not playing. They are:
78' Iowa State @ Bowling Green
86' Holiday Bowl--Iowa vs San Diego State
89' NU @ MSU
90' IU @ MSU
99' MSU @ Wisconsin
00' MSU @ Missouri
01' MSU @ Wisconsin
Forgive all the MSU games. Like many of us, I have Sparty friends. Occassionaly I endulge them by going to one of their games (as long as tickets and beers are free).
Honestly, one of my biggest regrets was not making it up to at least one game at State when I was still at Michigan. For that matter, making it to any BigTen stadium that wasn't Michigan or Wisconsin. I really kick myself for not seeing a game at NU just because I lived in Chicago for a year.
I went to a Wisconsin-PSU game in Madison in 2004 and I remembered getting there like 6 minutes into the game and the PSU backup QB was being carted off in an ambulance. The starter had gotten injured in the first few minutes. They played almost the entire game with their third string QB.
I watched Cal beat Tenn and Oregon a while ago. I also saw Cal v. USC. All were in Berkeley. I went to a Stanford/ND game in Palo Alto, the Cardinal almost pulled a major upset. I wasn't sure if the tree mascot was drunk or not. I also went to a PSU-OSU game in the early 90s in Columbus.
I walked by a Univ. of Rochester game on my way to a meeting. I don't think that counts.
Ditto on walking by a UR game. Nice campus. I spent a Saturday watching NCAAFB in the FQ there in 2007 during the Michigan Notre Dame game. Open kitchen with near limitless food was awesome.
1997 Rose Bowl: OSU vs. ASU. Great Game
2002 Holiday Bowl: ASU vs. KSU. Another great game
2007 Insight Bowl: IU vs. Ok St. Not a great game.
Im a student at BGSU so ill be at the BG vs. Boise State game this saturday. Go Falcons and Go Blue!
UVA @ VT 2008
Clemson @ VT 2005
APP State @ JMU 2008, Greatest game JMU won on a returned punt to end the game, beautiful time to see App state lose.
Liberty University (student here) @ WVU 2 weeks ago. great game LU played well just out maned.
I hate VT and anytime i get to go to a game there in hopes of them losing its great.. You guys have no idea how annoying and arrogant there fans are they act like they win the Nat. Championship every year its sickening.
been to a few at GT when i lived in atlanta, a few at northwestern, and to army vs. navy. everyone should see a service academy game.
My dad has season tickets to OSU so I grew up going to a decent amount of OSU games. Two of the bigger ones in OSU lore: 1978 @ Indiana - Woddy's last win, and the 1978 Gator Bowl vs Clemson. Also went to the !997 Rose Bowl when OSU beat ASU. Lived in the bay area for a while so went to a handful of Cal games as well as Stanford games but never saw Cal-Stanford cause that usually fell on the same day as UM-OSU.
quite a few Arkansas games at Fayetteville and Little Rock
07 Citrus Bowl Arkansas vs Wisconsin
08 Cotton Bowl Arkansas vs Missouri
07 Arkansas at Alabama
this coming weekend Arkansas at Alabama
tailgating in Tuscaloosa is an experience
Technically, it was a fight where a football game broke out. The best part was that we bought our tickets the day before the game and got seats on the 50 yard line.
None of them are recent since I have not lived in the US for 10 years.
1998 Orange Bowl - Nebraska vs Tennessee
Picked up a ticket for $5 from a friendly TN fan and hoped that Peyton could work some magic for UM to have an undisputed national championship.
1996 Rose Bowl - NU vs USC
As an NU grad, it was great to see the Rose Bowl 60% filled with purple pom-pons. If only Keyshawn Johnson didn't play for USC.
1996 Florida State at Miami
Awesome atmosphere. You could feel the hatred.
07 UT vs GA
08 UT vs bama
08 UT vs UF
09 UT vs UCLA
Neyland is a good place to see a game. Great gameday atmosphere, I haven't been back to an M game since they added the boxes, but I was amazed at how loud it was when I went to my first Tennessee game.
BTW I was at the Washington game in (01?) when Brabbs hit the kick to win it, that was a pretty loud moment at an M game!
Eastern vs Akron in 2002. Don't remember much except it was high scoring and Eastern won.
I forget the year exactly, but it was in the early 2000s. ND took the lead late but then MSU hit Gary Scott on a quick slant and he must have gone 60+ yards for the winning score. The stadium was pure pandemonium, but I was all, "whatever." That's when I decided it doesn't really make much sense for me to attend non-UM games. Although, having moved to Seattle in 2005 I have been thinking I ought to hit a Huskies game, if only to check out the stadium.
The Infamous Oregon vs Oklahoma game 2006.
I was a season ticket holder for CMU 1998-2001.
Several Ragin Cajun games in the early 1980's.
One Cal Bears game when I was seeing a girl up there. I think the Cal QB was Barr or Carr, something like that. Anyway they were playing USC and lost.
More SDSU Aztec games than I could ever count (I live in San Diego). I witnessed Marshall Faulk's dream season and his ridiculous 350+ yard effort against Pacific. You could tell then, he was something special. I was also in the stands for their 52-52 tie of BYU, I don't know why the defenses bothered taking the field.
Notre Dame at Air Force, when both were in the top 25 and college gameday was there. (2002 or 2003)
Went to most Texas home games the year they won the national championship, including the Big 12 title game blow out. I sold my Rose Bowl tickets for $2,000 because I could not go to a Rose Bowl game without seeing Michigan in it first.
The next year, I went to the #1 vs #2 game, when Ohio St won in Austin, unfortunately.
Since I am a Chicago Bears fan going to the Chicago/Minnesota game, I have had the pleasure of seeing Adrian Peterson lose twice in the red river showdown. It's a great atmosphere and the buses arrive to thousands of fans waiting outside of the locker rooms, split in half with OU and Texas fans.
...some EMU games during the Cooper/Batch years, some USF games now, since I live in the Tampa Bay area, and the Outback Bowl between UT and Wisky.
1990 penn state at notre dame. i was 10. the rocket got hurt and didn't play the second half. notre dame lost. the game prob. cost him the heisman. my dad and i were on the field during early pre-game warm ups and briefly said hi to joe-pa. even though i was very young, i vaguely remember him pleading for me to "come to penn state" when i was of age.
Tulane @ Memphis during the late 90s, (RichRod may have been a coordinator at the time, ironically)
South Carolina @ Georgia 2 weeks ago
Worked with the peanut vendors selling peanuts.
I haven't been to that many college games but one that I will always remember is the Indiana vs. Purdue game 2 years ago when the Indiana kicker hit the game winning FG to send IU to their first Bowl Game since the 90's.
Last year I went to Kansas's Homecoming vs TTech 4th row 50yd line. It was exciting to watch TT and that high octane offense with Michael Crabtree.
UGA v. Auburn in Athens - 2003
Best TAILGATE experince evr. They do it up in the SEC. But still does not beat the whole Big House atmosphere!
I used to live in West Lafayette and unfortunately stumbled upon tickets for this game the year OSU won the title. You could feel the air sucked out of the stadium as Krenzel's 4th down pass for a TD was in the air. It was unreal, I couldn't believe they won.
I lived in San Diego while I was in the Navy and saw all the Holiday bowls from 1986 (Iowa/SDSU) to the 2003 game...and a lot of SDSU games thru the years...they(SDSU) were awful but I did get to see Marshall Faulk and that Miami game. Good times. In 2005 I saw the Montana/Montana St game while I was visiting some friends. They actually call it "The Game".
So I get tickets to Mizzou games every now and then.
I went to the MSU vs. BC bowl game a couple of years ago because I was in town to see Michigan v Florida. Matt Ryan looked good in that game but I didn't expect him to do that well in the NFL.
Saw California v. Oregon State @ Memorial Stadium in Berkeley in '96 . . .
'Twas a great day. Got to go onto the field before the game, nearly got knocked over by Tony Gonzalez in the tunnel (also saw him almost lose it walking in cleats over the concrete), and it was one of the first NCAA games to go into triple overtime under the then new overtime rules. I believe Cal won it on a touchdown.
Also been to a couple of East-West Shrine games back in the early 90's @ Stanford . . .
Growing up, my two favorite teams were: 1) Michigan and 2) Alabama.
So, when we had an open date in Nov 2004, I decided to make a roadtrip to see a game at Bryant-Denny. It was a fun trip. Went to the Bryant Football Museum, walked around the campus, saw the early games at the Houndstooth bar, took a little shit for wearing a Michigan hoodie, but had a good time.
The atmosphere at B-D was impressive, they do get loud, although most of them didn't seem to know the words to their fight song(!) I sat in the north endzone, and saw some Miss St folks get booted for using their cowbells. Bama won 30-14.
On the way down, I visited the NASA Space Museum in Huntsville.
Mizzou at Nebraska in the late 90's
Texas at Neb a couple years ago
VTech at Neb last year
Iowa St. at Kansas a few years ago.
I get to quite a few games of the NAIA powerhouse Univ of Sioux Falls Cougars.
Went to my first SEC game last year.. have to say I was really impressed with Auburn fans. Also, War Eagle is a pretty neat thing as well.
I've attended a dozen or so Michigan games. Other than the Mountain West I've seen every other conference in action. USC/Oregon State two years ago was fantastic.
I am going to the Florida vs. Georgia game this year. I hear it is a pretty cool experience. The game starts at 1pm so I should only miss the first half of M vs. Illinois.
Was in high school at the time. My friend was a State fan and had tickets. MSU clinched Rose Bowl berth. Great atmosphere, but as others have mentioned previously, not being a Sparty fan made the experience kind of "whatever".
Also been to MSU / ND at both venues. ND campus is gorgeous.
Thinking about going down to BG for this. Easy road trip and might be fun to watch the Smurfs run over a middling MAC squad.
Boo! Ill be there rocking the house in the student section. I know BG has a steep hill to climb to win this game but come on man have some faith!
I think none...
grad so I got to see Roethlisberger tear it up for a while. Went to quite a few games when he played. I've seen a couple GMAC (uh Pizza Pizza) games. Went down to the Tennessee/Bama game last year. Eric Berry and Julio Jones are absolute monsters btw. I had a few good friends go to Ohio state so I got to see osu v penn state (03 i think?) and osu v purdue (maybe 04)
Auburn at Florida in 1994.
Florida at Florida State in 1995.
Mike Vick v Florida State in 2000 Sugar Bowl/NC Game.
South Carolina vs. an Ohio state university. Michigan was playing in the Citrus less than a hundred miles away, but I was stuck playing Ricky Martin songs with ten thousand other high school kids.
Anyway, being fifteen + 50,000 people shouting "COCKS" in unison = hilarity.