There’s nothing like piling in the car for a good, old-fashioned road trip. Every SEC school is a worthy stop on any fan’s bucket list, but when a good nonconference game pops up on the schedule, it’s worth checking out.
This week features the renewal of a Southwest Conference rivalry when Arkansas visits TCU. The schools have met 68 times but haven’t seen each other since 1991.
Fun fact: Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen wasn’t born until 1994.
Google Maps suggested that fans drop $365 and fly from Fayetteville, Ark., to Fort Worth, Texas, but what fun would that be? So, while dropping that helpful nugget of information, it also tells us that it’s a 362-mile drive.
Let’s have a look:
Why the game could be good — The Horned Frogs weren’t overly impressive in their opening win against South Dakota State, but they still are ranked 13th in the latest Associated Press poll. They have former Texas A&M starter Kenny Hill at quarterback, and it will be a good measuring stick for Arkansas early in the season.
“Hopefully we’ll do a lot better job as a coaching staff of getting them put in position against Arkansas,” TCU coach Gary Patterson told The Star-Telegram. “If not, they’ll have 1,000 yards and 1,000 points. We’ve got to do a lot better job this week.”
What Arkansas fan would want to miss that?
Where to eat on the road — By the time you get to Atoka, Okla., you might need something to eat. TripAdvisor recommends Luigi’s Italian Restaurant for inexpensive but tasty fare.
What to see along the way — Stop in Stringtown, Okla., and check out the site where Bonnie (maybe) and Clyde (certainly) shot and killed a deputy. Or, wait a bit longer and check out the World’s Largest Peanut in Durant.
What to do besides watch football — You may not be alone on this trip. There could be a wife and children to think about. So, be a good guy, make a weekend out of it and offer some sporting alternatives.
For significant others, the Fort Worth Cultural District is a good stop. From museums to the Will Rogers Memorial Center, there’s bound to be something close to whet the non-football appetite.
For kids, you can’t go wrong with the Fort Worth Zoo or Six Flags Over Texas, which is about 20 miles away in Arlington.
Tailgating options — There is a solid tailgating scene around Amon G. Carter Stadium. Check this out from Outkick the Coverage:
At TCU they don’t have your typical fraternity/sorority houses so they throw these big tailgates complete with trailers filled with TVs, a large grill, catered food, and the all-important open bar.
Parking — Search the #tcugamedayparking hashtag on Twitter or read this.
Need a postgame drink? — The Aardvark is a popular hangout for TCU students. Play nice and check them out here.
Looking for something a little less adversarial? The Thrillist has you covered.
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