Last week, NCAA.com took you on the Ultimate College Football Road Trip, a 700-mile journey through the American south to see four premier football games. There aren’t many Thursday or Friday night games this week, but you do have a chance to see two entertaining NCAA football showdowns, deep in the heart of Texas.
Week two begins with Texas-San Antonio hosting Arizona. The game is at 8 p.m. ET Thursday, so your journey will begin in at 8 a.m. in San Antonio.
It’s not touristy to go to San Antonio and visit the Alamo. Well, it is. But you have to go anyway -- it's an American tradition. So grab some breakfast and get to the Alamo as soon as it opens. Just try and get all the, “unforgettable,” and, “memorable,” puns out of the way now. Am I forgetting one? I’m sure I’ll remember …
Now the Alamo is an historic landmark that every American should see at least once, but it’s also proof that not everything is big in Texas. The visit will not eat up a lot of your time, so try and get a look at more of the city.
There are quaint, little authentic Spanish mini-shops in wooden structures scattered about the city so you can dip in and out of them on your way toward the River Walk. If you want to stay in the historic mood, visit the Cathedral of San Fernando or Missions Conception Church. But head toward River Walk before the game and make sure you get a Boat Tour. A couple hours on River Walk, seeing the many bars and restaurants will tell you that this is where you want to be for your postgame activities as well.
The 80-mile trip to Austin should not take more than a couple hours, but you have two days. So take Friday to go to the Jacob’s Well in Wimberely, Texas on the way up to Austin and go for a hike and a swim in the Spring. After a day in the great outdoors on Friday, you should be ready for some more football.
Saturday, you arrive in the capital of the great state of Texas. Take the day to enjoy the city, the Longhorns don’t kick off against BYU until 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.
I hope you know how to ride a bike, because one of the coolest ways to explore the city is on a Rocket Electrics electric bike tour, there are food tours and live music tours for you to enjoy and make sure you get your eyes on the Baylor Street Art Wall. After the game you’re going to want to head toward 6th street and hit any bar or restaurant that catches your eye. There will be plenty, so just have a fun night hopping around town.
Your Week 2 Texas road trip is complete. Next week, we will be seeing three games in the Midwest.
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