When you are a college football fan, you would probably love to go to one of the end-of-the-year bowl games because not only do you get a chance to watch college football, but you also get a chance to do it in a great location. If you are a fan of a team north of the Mason-Dixon line, you are most likely going to head to a warm-weather site that will make your time even more enjoyable. Here are the seven best bowl games any college football fan can attend.
Allstate Sugar Bowl
When you go to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, you are going to one of the most celebration-oriented cities in the United States. The Superdome gets raucous for this game, one of the most exciting games of the year. Tim Tebow, Bo Jackson and Michael Vick are among the top players who have performed in this bowl game. If you attend, head to New Orleans about a week early so you can taste the New Orleans flavor.
The Rose Bowl is one of the oldest of college football’s bowl games. The Rose Bowl has traditionally featured the champions of the Big Ten and the Pac-12 conferences, although the game has opened up in recent years. The Rose Bowl-known as “The Granddaddy of Them All”-is annually one of the top tickets of the college football season. Great players like Archie Griffin, Marcus Allen and Warren Moon have participated in the Rose Bowl.
Discover Orange Bowl
The Orange Bowl is played in Sun Life Stadium in Miami, which is the home of the Miami Dolphins. For years, the game was played in the venerable Orange Bowl Stadium, but the new stadium offers far more creature comforts and is more fan friendly. When you go to Miami for a bowl game, you have a chance to soak up the sun on South Beach as well as take advantage of the outstanding night life. You can enjoy the party atmosphere, but don’t forget that you are there for one of the top college football games of the year.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Prior to the 1970s, there were four prominent bowl games: the Rose, Orange, Sugar and Cotton Bowls. That meant eight good teams got to play postseason football, and the rest were ignored. That changed with the first Fiesta Bowl in 1971. Since that first game, the Fiesta Bowl has risen to elite status, annually hosting one of the most exciting games. While you are in Arizona prior to the game, you can take advantage of the great weather by heading to the top golf courses in the area.
AT&T Cotton Bowl
This is one of the most tradition-laden of the bowl games, but it does not have the status it did throughout the 1970s. The Cotton Bowl used to feature top Southwest Conference teams, but when the best teams in that defunct conference went to the Big 12 and other conferences, the Cotton Bowl lost some of its appeal. However, Dallas football fans love the college game, and it’s still a top game for college football fans.
Formerly known as the Peach Bowl, this game regularly draws two high scoring teams that often put on an exciting show. The game is played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta before a house full of screaming fans. While the date has varied, it is often played on New Year’s Eve, and it’s an exciting way to start the celebration.
Capital One Bowl
This is one of the earliest of the New Year’s Day bowl games, often starting at noon Eastern Time. The Capital One Bowl is played at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, and it regularly features one of the top teams from the Big Ten against one of the best teams from the Southeastern Conference. Plenty of regional bragging rights are on the line, and it’s a party atmosphere for a week in Orlando prior to kickoff.