SATURDAY, OCT. 7
MARYLAND AT OHIO ST.
The Big Ten portion of the tour continues at the Horseshoe, a stadium that packs a punch in both history and capacity. (It opened in 1922 and now seats nearly 105,000.) Tailgating is essential, but with parking spots at a premium, don't hesitate to participate without a car. Local vendors sell provisions outside the stadium, and there are plenty of friendly and generous fans with lavish tailgate setups. Get there early to attend the pregame Skull Session in nearby St. John Arena, where the Buckeye marching band puts on a great show. Seating is first-come, first-serve.
As for the game, Ohio State will continue to be the machine it has been under Urban Meyer. Fifth-year senior quarterback J.T. Barrett drives the offense again, but when the D is on the field, pay attention to the rugby-style tackling it has helped bring to the vanguard.
Once the game is over, head east. The drive to Syracuse is seven hours, so break it up a bit, stopping in Canton, Ohio, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Then head an hour north to Cleveland and check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From there, it's another 3½ hours to Niagara Falls, a must-see. Take in the view before setting out on the final 2½-hour leg to Syracuse.