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AUSTIN MURPHY'S 10 BEST GAME DAYS
AUSTIN MURPHY
August 22, 2011
With its unbridled passion and age-old rivalries, its proud and often whimsical traditions, its animal mascots and secular cathedrals, college football is, to my mind, this country's most compelling sport. Where best to soak up the experience? Having covered the game for SI for 15 years, I submit this list of my favorite places to catch a game
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August 22, 2011

Austin Murphy's 10 Best Game Days

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Nov. 25: ARKANSAS

FAMILIES LIVING near Tiger Stadium ran from their homes in fear when a giant roar arose on Halloween night 1959. There was no emergency—Billy Cannon had just returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown against Ole Miss. The noise emanating from Death Valley has only grown louder through the decades: The din unleashed by a game-winning touchdown over Auburn in '88 jiggled the needle on a seismograph in LSU's geology department.

Opposing players must walk past an actual caged tiger (a Bengal-Siberian mix named Mike VI). But it seems that LSU's most formidable weapon, aside from a perennially stocked roster, is nightfall. Since 1960 the Bayou Bengals are 219-60-4 in night games, compared to their 21-26-3 record by day. Rather than squander daylight hours, many LSU fans spend them ingesting adult beverages. The result, according to everydayshouldbesaturday.com, is a game day experience "peerless in terms of demonstrated intensity, lunacy, commitment, flair, and menace."

THE LEPRECHAUN

NO. 4

Notre Dame

WHEN TO VISIT

Sept. 3: SOUTH FLORIDA (Welcome Back, Skip Holtz!)

Oct. 22: USC

Nov. 19: BOSTON COLLEGE

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