This week’s featured road game is for the truly devoted.
Want to check out Ole Miss’ game at Texas A&M? Gas up, grab some snack food and get ready for a long drive.
Our friends at Google tell us that it’s 600 miles on the nose from the middle of Oxford to the Kyle Field parking lot, and that it will take about nine hours to complete the journey (minus the many stops one would need to make).
Here’s the route:
Why the game could be good: This game is listed as a “pick’em” right now, which tells us that even Las Vegas can’t get a read on this one.
Ole Miss will be without the services of Chad Kelly, which means that it’s Jason Pellerin’s show at quarterback. Unless, of course, coach Hugh Freeze decides to take the redshirt off highly touted prospect Shea Patterson.
Texas A&M could also be without its quarterback, as Trevor Knight deals with a sore shoulder. Enter Jake Hubenak, who nearly led the Aggies to a come-from-behind win last week at Mississippi State.
Most SEC games are unpredictable, but this one is more so than usual.
Stop for food: Shreveport is as good a place as any to stop and grab a bite to eat.
Movoto counters with L’italiano, which leans more towards pasta, or Herby-K’s, which sounds like a fine place for a Po-Boy and a beer.
What to see along the way: The best way to break up this trip is to check out some interesting things along the way. For a Civil War buff, Vicksburg is not to be missed.
There are more tours than you can shake a stick at, and almost all of them are excellent.
Stop in Monroe and check out the Biedenharn Muesum and Gardens, featuring the home of Joseph Biedenharn, the first bottler of Coca-Cola.
It’s $10 to get in, but it sounds like you can buy a Coke for a nickel inside.
What to do besides watch football: The George Bush Presidential Library is a worthy stop in College Station. It’s a comprehensive collection of historical items honoring the life of our 41st president.
The folks at VisitAggieLand.com have a few other ideas, too.
Tailgating: It’s an all-day party, starting before dawn and serving up plenty of Texas barbecue and libations. Don’t miss the Aggie Fan Zone or the cadet corps marching in about 5 p.m. local time.
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Parking: As always, come early and be patient. Read up on your options here.
Need a postgame bite or drink? We were going to use Yelp or TripAdvisor, but Texas A&M student Emily McCann has 45 restaurant suggestions for visitors to College Station. That’s probably about 42 more than you need, but too much information is better than not enough, right?
If anyone goes to the Hullabaloo Diner and tries the Train Wreck fries, we’d love a review.