Ohio State football: Gameday game plans
A recent run of bowl meltdowns left a bad taste in the mouths of Ohio State fans. That's not stopping the Buckeyes, ranked No. 6 in both preseason polls, from setting their sights on the top prize - or fans from cheering them onward with a passion envied by all other sporting programs. As usual, that bad taste has turned back to hunger. To keep your weekly regimen fresh, here's a few places to watch the Scarlet & Gray rip through the Big Ten and beyond.
12 p.m. Sept. 5
With students still at bay, Out-R-Inn, 20 E. Frambes Ave., will be perfect. That is, close to the action but not yet crowded (classes begin Sept. 23). Head back to a great patio with a second bar, where there's plenty of room to post up, stretch out and enjoy a romp of the venerable service academy.
8 p.m. Sept. 12
Lots of bars will be broadcasting this game, but only one place will be adding a third dimension. Rave Motion Pictures, 1071 Gemini Pl., will be one of only four theaters in the country to show the marquee match in 3-D. No tickets are for sale, but you can register for one of 700 seats at 971thefan.com.
12 p.m. Sept. 19
This all-Ohio showdown takes place at Cleveland Browns Stadium, a neutral site where the Buckeyes should have a strong following. Winking Lizard, 1380 Bethel Rd. on the North Side, already knows how to send moral support up north as host of the local Browns Backers. Expect even greater excitement when rooting for a winner.
Time TBA, Sept. 26
Last year we hashed out the 100 greatest Buckeye players. Learn even more about these gridiron stars at Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe, 1421 Olentangy River Rd. Equal parts bar, restaurant and living museum, this Grandview-area establishment has great food and lots to look at. There's no better way to celebrate the annual Hall of Fame game.
7 p.m. Oct. 3
T.T. Murph's was designed for an away game against a mediocre opponent. Located on Bexley's blue-collar fringe, 2996 E. Livingston Ave., it's got small flat-screen TVs at nearly every table, so you can watch the on-field action, chat comfortably with friends and sip the cheap drinks you'd expect from a quality Irish pub.
Time TBA, Oct. 10
From the outside, O'Reilly's Pub, 2822 N. High St., looks a bit like a trailer. On the inside, you'll be pleasantly surprised with the kitschy decor, sunken '70s-style bar and stellar staff. It's just blocks from Lane Avenue, so tailgate near the 'Shoe, walk north while the weather's still nice and enjoy some classic Clintonville hospitality.
Time TBA, Oct. 17
West Lafayette, Indiana
Even your rich uncle's deluxe screen is dwarfed by the one at Studio 35, 3055 Indianola Ave., which transforms each Saturday of the season from single-screen theater to friendly neighborhood sports bar. You can order a pizza and pair it with one of the theater's many draft beers: Bell's, Pabst, Great Lakes and more.
12 p.m. Oct. 24
If you can't be in Ohio Stadium for the Buckeyes' showdown with the Gophers, watch in luxury at Eddie George's Grille 27, 1636 N. High St. The Heisman Trophy winner's place has lots of libations, entrees and big-screens for an experience that's more comfortable than one of those tiny bleacher spaces in B Deck.
New Mexico State
Time TBA, Oct. 31
Even diehard fans of Korean Restaurant would agree that Buffalo Wild Wings, 2151 N. High St., is a fantastic place to watch the game. In addition to close proximity to the 'Shoe and those delicious flappers, this behemoth's many floors should accommodate the toughest jersey-sporting crowds.
Time TBA, Nov. 7
State College, Pennsylvania
Last year's loss to Penn State pivoted on the most angering element in sports: bad luck. (Tuck the ball, Terrelle!) Thwart chance with the shamrock-laden Lucky's Stout House, 1475 N. High St. It's on Campus, but don't think you'll be limited to a few warm American lagers. The airy, friendly bar offers 125 different beers. One for every play!
Time TBA, Nov. 14
If you're burnt out on Campus, head Downtown to guzzle microbrews in macro-sized mugs at Elevator Brewery-Draught Haus, 161 N. High St. Skilled navigators and those who stick around for dinner afterward can avoid the Campus rush for this final home contest of the season.
Time TBA, Nov. 21
Ann Arbor, M------n
When you're playing your archrival, you've got to be extra tough. So why not watch this climactic contest at a hockey bar, if only to send the Bucks some grizzled, tooth-rattling, penalty-box-worthy good vibes? If that sounds right to you, R Bar, 413 N. Front St., is your place.
Hiney vs. Hinee
The Hineygate you've come to know and love is gone forever. In its place are two competing parties with very similar (read: confusing!) names.
Ousted from its original home in front of the Holiday Inn on Lane Avenue, Hineygate will move its venerable operation a few hundred feet east to the parking lot of Thirsty "I." Ohio State bought the hotel and plans to transform it into student housing.
New this year will be Hineefest, a similar event to be held at Across the Field, a memorabilia store near Olentangy River and Ackerman roads. The newcomer will feature music from The Danger Brothers, a jumbo screen and shuttles to Ohio Stadium. Organizers applied for a liquor permit last month.