WEEK 1 SCHEDULE: PITT, OLD DOMINION, EAST CAROLINA
The rest of the 2022 schedule will drop August 1 (at least, the first iteration of it). For Week 1, I’m doing another trifecta:
- West Virginia at Pitt, Thursday, Sept. 1
- Virginia Tech at Old Dominion, Friday, Sept. 2
- NC State at East Carolina, Saturday, Sept. 3
First up is the revival of the Backyard Brawl– one of college football’s most underrated rivalries. The rivalry was first played back in 1895 and hasn’t been played since 2011.
Virginia Tech and Old Dominion also have a sort of rivalry, where the Monarchs actually upended the Hokies in Norfolk back in 2018.
Lastly, Heisman contender Devin Leary heads 90 minutes east to take on East Carolina. Can’t miss that kind of atmosphere in Greenville.
Keep ON checking back at Road to CFB for the remainder of the September schedule, which is all set in stone. There’s a FIRST TIME for most of the games on the schedule (catch the hints?).
2022 SPRING GAME: OHIO STATE
This was my first trip to Ohio Stadium since 2017– a place I’ve revered my entire life. It was a great way to kick off the 2022 season, even if that season was still four months away.
While a lot of my 2021 postseason plans were derailed thanks to some untimely medical things, we accomplished a lot! Baylor won the Big 12 Championship with a tackle at the one-inch yard line. Next, I attended my first bowl game, where San Diego State upended UTSA in the Frisco Bowl; both teams finished 12-2.
Finally, I attended my first National Championship game– the FCS title between #2 North Dakota State and Montana State. The Bison won their ninth title in 11 years (talk about a dynasty) and rushed the field after the game.
This season, I went to 11 games during the 13-week college football regular season and visited four new stadiums. For recaps of every game day from this year, check out the stories page. New stadiums ranged from Virginia to Arkansas and Tennessee to Florida.
New traditions I got to experience firsthand were– my favorite– Virginia Tech’s Enter Sandman, Florida State’s tomahawk chop, and Calling the Pigs in Fayetteville. The first full stadiums in two years made this year unforgettable!
Summer Road Trip
The 2021 Summer Road Trip was an ambitious road trip that covered 6,600 miles, 30 stadiums, and 16 states in 8 days. Along the route, I visited stadiums across the Great Plains (Nebraska) to the Rocky Mountains (Utah) and the West Coast (Cal). I also stopped at several FCS facilities like South Dakota State and Montana.
The inaugural Summer Road Trip was such a success, I plan to do it again this year. In 2020, we traveled America’s Heartland, which included states like Kansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. The second leg of the trip was a tour of the Deep South, which included schools like Tennessee, Clemson, Auburn, and Ole Miss (among a dozen others).