Bowl-ed Over By College Football
If your alma mater made it to a college bowl game, you're probably pretty excited -- even if it's the Humanitarian Bowl -- and looking forward to rooting the team on to victory. Sure, you can do that in your living room, but it's far more fun to be surrounded by fellow alumni wearing team colors, singing fight songs and high-fiving after every score.
The game-watching parties thrown by local alumni groups are like giant tailgate parties, full of opportunities to reminisce about your school, network with other alums, maybe even get a phone number or two. Below is our guide to where alumni will be gathering in the D.C. area for all the big games. When you get to the bar, especially if it's a larger venue, be sure to ask where the alumni are.
Nonpartisan football fans who just want to check out the great matchups in the Rose or Orange bowls should check our list of top sports bars -- the Crystal City Sports Pub, Mister Days and Cleveland Park Bar and Grill in particular are always fun spots for college games.
We've tried to list every alumni group that's hosting a game-watching gathering, but not all universities are active in the area or having a party. If we missed something, please add it in the comments.
Tuesday, December 30
Maryland vs. Nevada
Maryland fans will be in bars across the area -- try the Santa Fe Cafe or the Cornerstone in College Park, Rock Bottom Brewery, Caddies or BlackFinn in Bethesda, or the Crystal City Sports Pub. Ronda Bybee, the president of the University of Nevada's D.C. alumni chapter, says that the Wolf Pack will gather at the Crystal City Sports Pub.
Wednesday, December 31
Oregon State vs. Pittsburgh
The Panthers will be at the Crystal City Sports Pub.
Thursday, January 1
South Carolina vs. Iowa
Both the Gamecocks and the Hawkeyes are regulars at the Crystal City Sports Pub
Penn State vs. USC
The Nittany Lions have a game-watching party in each jurisdiction: Rhino Bar in D.C., Carpool in Arlington and BlackFinn in Bethesda. USC, meanwhile, takes over a large area at the Crystal City Sports Pub.
Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech has alumni all around the D.C. area. The official game-watching location is Bailey's in Ballston, but you'll see maroon at Crystal City Sports Pub, Mister Days, Champps, Velocity Five or any number of Northern Virginia sports bars.
Friday, January 2
Kentucky vs. East Carolina
Kentucky fans are loyal to the alumni-owned Grevey's, while East Carolina is celebrating its Cinderella season with parties at Bailey's in Arlington, Gaffney's in Bethesda and Ventnor Sports Cafe in D.C.
Saturday, January 3
Buffalo vs. Connecticut
Join Buffalo alumni for a tailgate party (heavy on the wings) and game-watching at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern, beginning at 11 a.m.
Monday, January 5
Ohio State vs. Texas
Ohio State has three viewing locations -- Rhino Bar in D.C., Union Jack's in Bethesda and Ri-Ra in Arlington. The loud and rowdy Texas Exes will be at Rhodeside Grill.
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