Sunday, August 29, 2010
Big Ten Road Trip 2010
Special thanks to Mapquest for all the mileage.
Do you want to see the a lot of Big Ten football live this year? Well here's the solution: drop everything and go on the Big Ten Road Trip 2010. The trip will visit all eleven Big Ten stadiums as well as Notre Dame and Nebraska so you can get your fill of Big Ten football. Here's your itinerary for your thirteen week journey:
Your journey starts in South Bend, Ind. as you take in Notre Dame Stadium and watch the Fighting Irish host Purdue. Last year's game was an instant classic as Notre Dame pulled out a 24-21 win in West Lafayette on a 4th and goal touchdown with under a minute to play.
After the game head to Champaign, Ill.
Distance to Champaign: 199.9 miles
Total distance traveled: 199.9 miles
The Fighting Illini host Southern Illinois and you will be in attendance. One of the few games on the schedule that Illinois has a chance of winning!
After the game head to Minneapolis, Min.
Distance to Minneapolis: 511.88
Total distance traveled: 711.78
You watch while the Golden Gophers host the USC Trojans at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers are projected to struggle but a win over the troubled Trojans could spark a run for the Fighting Brewsters. And you would be there to see it.
After the game head to Bloomington, Ind.
Distance to Bloomington: 638.18 miles
Total distance traveled: 1,349.96 miles
You get to watch a night game in Bloomington, and the Hoosiers take on Akron in the Big Ten's final non-conference week. Get ready for conference play because you're about to head to some big games.
After the game head to Iowa City, Iowa.
Distance to Iowa City: 413.26 miles
Total distance traveled: 1,763.22 miles
The Hawkeyes will play host to Penn State in a likely national ABC game beginning at 8:05 pm. The place will be rocking (maybe even a blackout) and this is a huge game early in the Big Ten Season.
After the game head to Ann Arbor, Mich.
Distance to Ann Arbor: 452.01 miles
Total distance traveled: 2,215.23 miles
The Wolverines will host one of their bitter rivals, Michigan State, as the two teams battle it out for state supremacy with you in attendance. May the best Michigander win.
After the game head to Madison, Wisc.
Distance to Madison: 395.37 miles
Total distance traveled: 2,610.6 miles
Another huge conference match-up awaits you at Camp Randall Stadium as the Badgers welcome in the Ohio State Buckeyes. An upset win here for Wisconsin would likely shatter not just the conference picture but the BCS as well.
After the game head to Evanston, Ill.
Distance to Evanston: 114.14 miles
Total distance traveled: 2,724.74 miles
Your shortest drive of the road trip takes you a showdown between the happy-go-lucky Wildcats of Northwestern and the Michigan State Spartans. Michigan State set the NCAA record for biggest comeback in college football history at Ryan Field in 2006 in a 38-35 win.
After the game head to State College, Penn.
Distance to State College: 588.23 miles
Total distance traveled: 3,312.97 miles
Welcome to Happy Valley, home of the whiteout. The Nittany Lions will entertain Michigan, a team they have stomped two years in a row. The game will also be a nationally televised night game so buckle up.
After the game head to West Lafayette, Ind.
Distance to West Lafayette: 546.54 miles
Total distance traveled: 3,859.51 miles
Another long drive brings you to the campus of Purdue University where the Boilers will be looking to get revenge on Wisconsin, who whooped them 37-0 in Madison last season.
After the game head to Lincoln, Neb.
Distance to Lincoln: 612.11 miles
Total distance traveled: 4,471.62
You get to a catch a preview of the Big Ten's soon-to-be newest member, the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Kansas Jayhawks come to town to try to upset the Big Red.
After the game head to East Lansing, Mich.
Distance to East Lansing: 727.44 miles
Total distance traveled: 5,199.06
Your longest trip of the journey takes you to Spartan Stadium where Sparty battles Purdue. While you're there you can watch the Michigan State football players struggle to read first grade level books.
After the game head to Columbus, Ohio.
Distance to hell..er Columbus: 250.97 miles
Total distance traveled: 5,450.03 miles
What better way to finish your Big Ten Football road trip than sitting back and watching a new chapter unfold in the greatest rivalry in all of sports? Your last game of the trip is The Game. Hopefully Michigan will be able to keep it close for you.
So there's you itinerary, a 5,450 mile journey across Big Ten country. For perspective you could drive from New York City to Los Angeles nearly twice with that kind of mileage. Better save up for gas.