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Top NFL-College Football Sports Power Weekends in 2012

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012


There are so many great NFL-college football weekends each fall that it is hard to pare down the list. Nonetheless, here are, in my opinion, the 50 best NFL-college football Sports Power Weekends of 2012. The main criteria for this list was that it must include an NFL and college game. There are plenty of great weekends in September that feature MLB games with a great NFL or college game, but I wanted to highlight weekends that included at least two different football games.

I’d love to hear your feedback if you think I am overlooking a great weekend, or ranked one too high.

For more information about planning or booking a Sports Power Weekend package, please contact Jared Cooper at Jared.Cooper@SPWtravel.com, (646) 397-5350, or via twitter at @SportsPowerWknd.

1. Chicago, September 21-23

Friday
  • St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
Saturday
  • Michigan at Notre Dame
Sunday
  • Rams at Bears

Wrigley Field, Notre Dame Stadium and Soldier Field during one incredible weekend based out of the Windy City. Sign me up!

2. New York, September 5-9

Wednesday
  • Cowboys at Giants (NFL Kickoff Game)
  • US Open Tennis
Thursday
  • US Open Tennis
Friday
  • Atlanta Braves at NY Mets
  • US Open Tennis
Saturday
  • USC vs. Syracuse at MetLife Stadium
  • US Open Tennis (Women’s Final)
Sunday
  • Bills at Jets (Home Opener)
  • US Open Tennis (Men’s Final)


Three games at MetLife Stadium on this weekend, including the first game of the 2012 season featuring the defending Super Bowl champs against their bitter rival, the Jets home opener, and Heisman and top pick front-runner Matt Barkley from USC. Also see Citi Field on Friday as the Mets host the Braves.

3. New Orleans, November 3-5

Saturday
  • Alabama at LSU
Sunday
Monday
  • Eagles at Saints (Monday Night)

A rematch of last year’s National Championship Game with the winner in great position to win the SEC West takes places on Saturday in Baton Rouge. On Monday night at the Superdome, the Saints host the Eagles in an NFC showdown.

4. Los Angeles-San Diego, November 24-25

Saturday
  • Notre Dame at USC
  • Stanford at UCLA
Sunday
  • Ravens at Chargers

The historic rivalry between Notre Dame and USC leads us to the Coliseum. A day later and two hours south, two perennial AFC heavyweights face off in San Diego. A nice Thanksgiving weekend in southern California.

5. Dallas, November 22-24

Thursday
  • Redskins at Cowboys (Thanksgiving)
Friday
Saturday
  • TCU at Texas
  • Baylor vs. Texas Tech (Cowboys Stadium)

Another great Thanksgiving option, this time in the heart of Texas. The Cowboys continue their Thanksgiving tradition, this time hosting their division rivals. On Saturday in Austin, TCU and Texas clash in the newly-remodeled Big XII. Cowboys Stadium will also host Baylor and Texas Tech on Saturday. (more…)

Sports Power Weekend: Madison, Wisconsin, October 15-16

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

By Adam Putter

Madison is a cold, cold place. It is completely flat, buried deep in the Midwest and nestled in between two lakes. However, if you are fortunate enough to find yourself in Madison on a nice weekend, you might think you died and went straight to heaven.  This was the case for the weekend of October 15th and 16th, when the top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes traveled to Madison to take on the Wisconsin Badgers.

Madison is known for its bars. It actually has the most bars per capita of any city in the entire country.  With the state’s beautiful State Capitol serving as a backdrop, you can enjoy a night on the town hopping from place to place, as most of the city’s attractions and watering holes are located within walking distance from one other.

For dinner, I recommend Tornado’s. It is a classic steakhouse, with some of the best French Onion Soup you’ve ever tasted. Wisconsin is known as the cheese state and Tornado’s knows how to leverage that into a tasty soup.  After dinner, walking up and down State Street can be fun, but a little raucous. I also recommend Essen Haus if you’re into drinking beer from a giant boot in an old German beer hall.

Before Game day, Brat’s is always a nice choice as it is centrally located and seems to stand out as a symbol of Madison.  A brat and cheese curds are the way to go if you really want to get a feel for why Wisconsin is our fattest state. There is a nice area to sit outside and watch the Badger faithful stroll down State Street; the energy in Madison is always great on gameday.

Spending the day at the student union – located right on the lake – is another option. It is a beautiful spot and it is the only union in the country that sells beer. You can even rent a boat to take a ride around Lake Mendota.

Wando’s is another fine choice for gameday. They make a fine burger, but their real specialty is the fishbowl. This is a giant fishbowl filled with some variety of alcohol, tinted with your color of choice. It is fun to look at, but please don’t drink one on your own.

On this weekend, hope was in the air. Students were out and enjoying one of the last sunny days of the year and the energy in the town was electric. Just a few years earlier (2003), Ohio State, the reigning national champions had come in to Madison, undefeated and ranked third in the country, and the Badgers knocked them off in dramatic fashion, as current Buffalo Bills wide receiver Lee Evans scored on a 79-yard reception to seal the victory. The Badgers always seem to play the Buckeyes close. Despite underachieving the past few season, Badger fans were unusually optimistic.

Camp Randall is a beautiful stadium and the atmosphere in the stadium seemed to be both rabid and loving at the same time. The student section is known as one of the best in the country. At the end of the third quarter, the students all go wild to the famous House of Pain song, Jump Around. The jumping gets so wild that the stadium usually begins to shake a little bit.

As the game opened, Wisconsin returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. The Badger faithful erupted and the euphoria carried the Badgers on to a 31-18 victory.  The crowd was bananas from that kickoff return up until the final whistle. Despite the PA announcer repeatedly telling the students that no one is allowed on the field, the students stormed the green and turned it red.

After the game, many of the students will head to the Kollege Klub to celebrate a Badger victory. Many of the football players will show up there after the game to celebrate with their fans.  On this night, there was no chance of getting into any of the bars. Every single bar sported a line that looked like it went for miles. It didn’t seem to matter as people packed the streets in euphoria after the Badgers knocked off their first number one opponent in thirty years.

What a weekend!