As temperatures drop across the country, excitement builds for football season. Be in the stands for every tackle and touchdown whether your alma mater is across the state or on the other side of the country.
Hotel deals near college towns this autumn allow loyal fans to score a spot near the action for as much as 70% off current rates.
OHIO STATE BUCKEYES: Residence Inn Columbus Worthington ... $99 (Save $60)
The defending Big Ten champions look to contend for an sixth national title, currently ranked No. 15. The hotel is 10 miles from Ohio Stadium and serves complimentary breakfast, fueling fans for a long day of football. Available: Sept. 9-11, 23-25 ($149), 30; Oct. 1-2, 28-30; Nov. 18-20.
OKLAHOMA SOONERS: Marriott Waterford ... $110 (Save $60)
Watch the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, and come home to this 4-star property 30 miles from Owen Field in downtown Oklahoma City. Available: Sept. 24-25, 30; Oct. 1-2, 22-24; Nov. 4-6 & 25-27 ($89).
OREGON DUCKS: Shilo Inn Hotel & Suites Eugene Springfield ... $133 (Save $156)
Two miles from the famous Autzen Stadium, the hotel puts Ducks fans in the middle of the action. The reigning Pac-10 Conference champions are ranked No. 13. Available: Sept. 9-11, 16-18; Oct. 5-7 (Thursday night game), 14-16, 28-30, Nov. 18-20, 25-27.
BOISE STATE BRONCOS: Owyhee Plaza ... $82 (Save $127)
"The Blue," Boise State's football field, is known as one of the toughest turfs for opposing teams. This season won't be any easier as the Broncos are currently ranked No. 4. Fans can enjoy a bit of history at this downtown landmark while staying a mile from Broncos Stadium. Available: Sept. 24-25, 30: Oct. 1-2, 21-23; Nov. 11-13 ($99), 25-27: Dec. 2-4.
STANFORD CARDINAL: Hotel Avante Mountain View ... $80 (Reg. $206)
With Heisman Trophy favorite Andrew Luck leading the No. 6 squad, the Stanford Cardinal is poised for a successful season. The hotel is 20 minutes from Stanford Stadium and offers complimentary breakfast. Available: Sept. 30; Oct. 1-2, 7-9, 21-23; Nov. 11-13, 18-20, 25-27.
WISCONSIN BADGERS: Madison Marriott West ... $99-$119 (Save $267)
Join more than 80,000 fans in Camp Randall Stadium to watch the No. 8 Badgers in their 116th season. The hotel is seven miles from the historic stadium. Available: Sept. 23-25; Nov. 5-6, 25-27.
SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS: Hyatt Place in Columbia ... $85-$123 (Save up to $145)
The Gamecocks won their first SEC Eastern Division Championship in 2010 and hope to continue their success. Cheer on Steve Spurrier's team, ranked 12th. The hotel is 13 miles from the stadium. Available: Sept. 16-17, 23-25, 30; Oct. 1-2 ($151), 7-9; Nov. 11-13, 18-20, 25-27.
MARYLAND TERRAPINS: Holiday Inn College Park ... $90 (Save $54)
The Terrapins started the season with an upset in the nation's flashiest uniforms. Watch the Terps strut their stuff while staying three miles from Byrd Stadium on College Park's main drag. Available: Sept. 16-18 ($108), 23-25, 30; Oct. 1-2, 14-16, 28-30; Nov. 4-6, 11-13.
MIAMI HURRICANES: Crowne Plaza Hollywood ...$109-$169 (Save $200)
Catch the Miami Hurricanes as they heat up Sun Life Stadium under the command of new coach Al Golden. After the game, follow the sunset nine miles to find this 4-star waterfront hotel. Available: Sept. 16-18, 23-25, 30; Oct. 1-2, 21-23, 28-30; Nov. 4-6, 25-27.
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