When its Thanksgiving Week in the USA, it’s also Rivalry Week.
That doesn’t mean you are battling your friends or relatives for the last helpings of white turkey meat at the dinner table, but rather that the college football season has reached its we-hate-that-school point in the season.
And it makes college campuses huge destinations for Americans – and singles seeking other singles – to travel to for this particular weekend.
Yes, a lot of college students go home to get mom’s cooking for Thanksgiving, but the parents also travel to their kid’s schools or their alma mater (if different) for the “big game.”
Some games are huge and involve heated rivalries, often with national implications as far as the championship is concerned. The biggest of these are Alabama-Auburn, Michigan-Ohio State and Notre Dame-USC (or USC-UCLA depending on the year; USC and Notre Dame play on this weekend every other year in LA.)
But this happens on thousands of universities and colleges across the country and I highly encourage travelers to go and be part of this true American type of pageantry, for there is nothing like being on a college campus for a big game.
There are tailgate parties, bonfires, parades, “walks” into the stadium by the team surrounded by fans, tens (or hundreds) of thousands people dressed in the their teams colors, and colorful jokes about the other team and stories about past years.
You don’t have to be a fan of, or have gone to, one of the schools to enjoy it. Although if you are neutral, I do suggest donning the colors of the home team and not cheering for the visitors.
Minus hotel, food and drink, all of this is free. And if you want to go to the actual game, you can ask around to see if any tickets are available.
The experience is no turkey of a way to spend travel time in America!