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Riders Hit the Road for Fall Football

When your favorite college football team travels, riders should too!

If you’re a fan of motorcycling and college football, these fall rides can lead you to some of the season’s biggest games. And when it comes to incredible game day experiences, it’s true what they say: getting there is half the fun!

Nebraska vs. Wisconsin, October 1 @ Madison, WI

Not only might this be the perfect time of year to take the 500-mile ride from Lincoln, Neb. to Madison, Wisc., but it also has the potential to be one of the biggest games of the season.

If you decide to stay off the interstates as much as possible, and choose US 20 as a part of your route, consider making a quick stop in Dyersville, Iowa, to check out the #Field of Dreams Movie Site.

What to see in Madison: A trip to Madison just isn’t complete without a stop at the Memorial Union Terrace. Located on the shores of Lake Mendota, this is “the” spot on campus to take in an amazing view and grab a brat or a scoop of the legendary Babcock ice cream.

No matter what, don’t leave your seat to go to the concession stand during the break between the 3rd and 4th quarters. If you do, you’ll miss one of college football’s best (and most fun) traditions, the “Jump Around.” This is when all 80,000 red-clad fans stand up and literally jump around as the House of Pain song of the same name plays over the PA system.

Where to eat: Win or lose, after the game head to The Great Dane. Located just a couple miles from the stadium, this is one of Madison’s favorite spots.

Auburn vs. South Carolina, October 1 @ Columbia, SC

Things are going to get plenty heated down south as last season’s national champions head east for what will surely be a fierce battle. Hop on your bike for a scenic 336-mile ride from Auburn, Ala., to Columbia, S.C.’s Williams Brice Stadium.

Kick off your ride by exploring the natural beauty of Alabama as you make your way Northeast along I-85 amid the rolling hills and vibrant fall colors. Keep pushing forward into Georgia, until you arrive at the Oconee National Forest. Here you’ll encounter the spectacular Lake Oconee Georgia’s second-largest lake.

Eventually you’ll find yourself rolling through Milledgeville, and headed toward one of the state’s crown jewels — Augusta. Be sure to swing past the home of golf’s most celebrated course, Augusta National, home of The Masters.

What to see in Columbia: If there’s one thing South Carolina fans take seriously — besides the game, itself — it’s tailgating. Roaming around the legions of cars, campers and fans, you never know who you might run into outside the stadium — including a former Heisman winner! In fact, for just a $10 donation to the George Rogers Foundation to help fund academic scholarships, fans can have their photo taken with the 1980 Heisman recipient while holding the iconic trophy.

Where to eat: One delicacy South Carolina residents can’t seem to get enough of is pimento cheese, and “the” pre- or post-game spot to grab the area’s most legendary pimento cheeseburger and pimento cheese fries is at Rockaway Athletic Club.

Reminder: The 2011 Allstate Tailgate Tour will be making a stop at this game. Visit us on game day for fun interactive exhibits, a sign-making station and more!

Stanford vs. USC, October 8 @ Los Angeles, CA

Prepare for the ride of your life on the way to one of the most exciting college football games of the year. With just 450 miles separating Stanford Stadium and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a fall cruise down the California coast.

Head west and hop on the legendary Pacific Coast Highway south along some of the most picturesque stretches of road in the country. Just after you ride through Carmel Highlands, you’ll reach the breathtaking 90-mile stretch known as Big Sur.

But that’s just the beginning of your epic journey. Next up is Bixby Bridge a massive concrete arch more than 260 feet high and 700 feet long. Be sure to have a camera handy to capture one of the most photographed stops along the PCH.

What to see in Los Angeles: First things first: No trip to USC is complete until you’ve taken a stroll past the bronze statue of Tommy Trojan, the ‘most famous man of Troy.’ Forged in 1930, Tommy Trojan is arguably one of the most recognized collegiate landmarks in the country.

Where to eat: After the game, evade the masses of fans and take a short sunset ride over to 1410 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. There you’ll find Yankee Doodles, home to some great pub grub, including the 24-oz. “Monster Burger.”