Ultimate football road trips: Catching the NFL and Cougars, Utes or Aggies in one weekend
The other NFL game, the Packers visiting the Dolphins, would likely require flying or advanced planning for sight-seeing, as the drive from Orlando to Miami is nearly four hours. The longest-tenured Dolphin continues to be former BYU defensive lineman John Denney, Miami's long snapper.
Alternate trip: BYU heads to Texas on Saturday, Sept. 6, for its second game at the Longhorns' stadium since 2011. The following day, the 49ers travel to Dallas to play at AT&T Stadium with a 2:25 p.m. MST kickoff, a matchup of two teams with plenty of history.
While this trip may require taking a flight from Austin to Dallas — it takes more than three hours to drive — this could be a sweet reunion for Cougar fans who had the opportunity to attend BYU's 2009 win over Oklahoma at Jerry's World. Plus, the Cougars will have the chance to beat Texas for a second straight season.
Ultimate Aggies football weekend
Nov. 27: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
Nov. 29: Utah State at Boise State
The only downside to this ultimate weekend is that it overlaps with Thanksgiving. Then again, football has become a standard Thanksgiving tradition, and what better way to spend family time together than taking a vacation?
The Seahawks visit the 49ers' new stadium on Thursday, Nov. 27, in the final matchup on Thanksgiving Day. With a kickoff time of 6:30 p.m. MST, that allows time for the turkey to settle. Plus, this will be the first matchup between these two NFC West rivals since their meeting in the NFC Championship last year, which Seattle won on its way to earning the Super Bowl title. Former Aggie Bobby Wagner plays a key role on the Seahawks' defense, and Robert Turbin has earned a fair share of time as Marshawn Lynch's backup.
With a day in between games, fans can either see the sights in San Francisco or take a flight up to Boise and prepare for the trip's second contest. Last year, Utah State edged Boise State for the Mountain West Conference Mountain Division title, and this game is likely to have similar stakes. The Broncos will be seeking to earn their way into the league's championship game, while the Aggies will be hoping to avenge a loss to Boise State in Logan last season.
For Aggie fans, there's a lot to like about a trip like this, where there's the potential to have much on the line.
Alternate trip: Utah State travels to Colorado State to face the Rams on Saturday, Oct. 18. The following day, the Denver Broncos host the San Francisco 49ers in the Sunday night matchup with a 6:30 p.m. MST start. The Aggies blanked Colorado State last season and could use a win in Colorado to spur another run at a conference title. As for the Broncos and 49ers, two teams with Super Bowl aspirations match up in what could be a pivotal game in terms of playoff seeding. Plus, there's the added bonus of seeing Peyton Manning in person.
Road-tripping time is minimal on this trip considering Fort Collins, Colo., is only an hour or so drive from Denver, and this trip would only require a flight to and from Colorado's state capital.
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