Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Wall Street Journal: Great Gridiron Getaways

By Dan Ackman


The living room couch can be a fine place to spend an autumn Saturday afternoon. College football is on display and any chores can wait until Sunday, when the mechanized professional version of the game takes control of the dial. But for those whose souls are overtaken by a damp, drizzly November (or September or October), here are five road trips to glory, where the college-football fan can escape for a week and, thanks to a day-long drive between the stadiums, see two of the best games of the season.


Trip Five: From California at Stanford to Utah at Brigham Young

After more than a century, the annual "Big Game" between the University of California and Stanford (Nov. 21) remains an intense rivalry between arguably the two top universities on the West Coast. The academic competition between the students makes the competition "pretty bitter, pretty personal," says Vittorio Tafur, a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. The game also produced "the play," perhaps the most famous ending in football when Cal returned a kickoff in the final seconds of the 1982 game through the onrushing Stanford marching band.

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