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Block off your Saturdays for the foreseeable future because college football is back! While we are home to the University of Texas, we know there are all kinds of college football fans and alumni that call Austin home. And all those transplants are looking for the place they can come together with their fellow fans to root for their team.
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If you do happen to be a Longhorn fan, you can check out this post on the best locations to watch UT football. If you happen to root for another team (and that’s OK), here’s where to watch the top 20 (and then some) college teams in Austin.
Fans of the Crimson Tide show their Tide pride at Stereotype (510 Rio Grande Street). In addition to watch parties, the Austin Crimson Tide Club hosts networking socials and Austin SEC Club activities. You can keep up with all their events and activities here.
War Eagle fans flock together at Local Post Pub (113 Burnet Road). The Austin Auburn Club takes part in other SEC related events as well. Be sure to follow their group fan page here.
Baylor alumni, parents, and friends cheer on the Bears at Mean Eyed Cat (1621 West 5th Street). You can find watch parties in cities all over the country here. The Baylor alumni network asks fans to tag watch party photos on social media with #WatchBU to share them with the Baylor family!
According to the UCF alumni page, fans of Central Florida gather at Cover 3 Downtown (1717 West 6th Street). The watch party begins 30 minutes prior to kickoff.
Tiger fans watch their team at Edwin’s Sport Bar (700 East 6th Street) where it’s been confirmed that the ACC Network is on the lineup. You can confirm the Austin Clemson Club’s party plans here.
TLC Austin (1100 South Lamar Boulevard, Suite 1150) serves as the official swamp for Florida fans. Children and well-behaved pets are welcome. Pets must remain in the outdoor patio. This area does not have TVs, but indoor TVs are visible and there is audio outside. More info here. If you’re looking for a little less than official, a rowdy group of Gators fans can continue to be found at HandleBar Austin (121 E 5th Street).
Whether you’re looking for a group to watch the football games with or wanting to network with Florida State alumni, the Austin Seminoles is your source for all things FSU in Austin. Seminoles gather at Green Light Social (720 West 6th Street) to watch Florida State football.
Edwin’s Sport Bar (700 East 6th Street) is the official watch party location for the Georgia Bulldogs. With Saturday drink specials on mimosa buckets, bloody marys, and micheladas, it sounds like the perfect place to get in the game day mood.
The LSU Austin Alumni Association calls Shoal Creek Saloon (909 N Lamar Boulevard), as you would expect. In addition, the Shiner Saloon (422 Congress Avenue, Suite D) says that they are home to the Virginia Tech Hokies and LSU Tigers, and Rustic Tap Beer Garden (613 W 6th Street) is stoked to be hosting the tigers this year, as well.
Join your local Wolverines by attending a Michigan game watch party at Haymaker (2310 Manor Road). You can locate a Michigan alumni event in any area and connect with the Blue near you here.
Nothing has been posted as of yet for Mississippi fans on the Austin Ole Miss Club page. However, 2018’s watch parties took place at Cooper’s Old Time BBQ (217 Congress Avenue).
The bulldogs are gathering at The Park on South Lamar (4024 South Lamar Boulevard), for the first couple of games of the season.As long as it goes well this weekend, that will be the regular Mississippi State spot. Follow them on Facebook for updates.
BD Riley’s Irish Pub downtown location (204 East 6th Street) is the Official Game Watch Headquarters for fans of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. The Notre Dame Austin Club also hosts other meetups and events. You can get more info here.
Buckeye fans have two official watch party hosts to choose from. According to the Ohio State Austin Texas Alumni Club, the main watch party locale is Third Base Northwest (13301 US-1830. The “Young Buckeye” events happen at Dogwood (715 West 6th Street).
Doc’s Motorworks 38th (1106 West 38th Street) has hosted OU watch parties in previous years and will host the September 1 match up. No other official events have been scheduled, though we assume fans will still watch at the North Austin Doc’s location. According to the OU Club of Austin’s Facebook page, they’ll also be hosting a party for the September 1 game at Me’s Cajun (111 Main Street) in Pflugerville, while there’s a September 7 watch party at Buffalo Wild Wings (4710 183A Toll Road) in Cedar Park listed here.
OSU watch parties are scheduled at Black Sheep Lodge (108 South Lamar Boulevard) throughout the season. You can connect with the OSU Alumni Chapter here.
The Austin Ducks are having their first watch party of the season at Star Bar (600 West 6th Street). No other events have been posted on their Facebook page but you can check here for updates throughout the season.
The Central Texas Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Club will be at Parlor & Yard (601 West 6th Street) for the 2019 season opener! Based on the fact that the bar has a section of their website dedicated to the Nittany Lions (though not yet updated for 2019), it’s safe to assume they’ll be hosting more events throughout the season.
The Austin Association of Rice Alumni is hosting a watch party for the season opener at Tamale House East (1707 East 6th Street). The rest of the season is unclear as the group hosts events at bars and restaurants all over town. You can keep up with the organization here.
Looking to celebrate the Trojan family spirit while enjoying great events and creating memories with fellow USC Alumni? USC Trojans of Austin host their watch parties at Haymaker (2310 Manor Road).
In 2018, the Austin Vols had their watch parties at Star Bar. Though only one viewing event is listed on their Facebook page for the season opener, it’s happening at The Tavern (922 West 12th Street).
Austin Aggie fans gather to watch their games at Third Base Sports Bar at Southpark Meadows (9600 South IH 35 Frontage Road). You can keep up with all of the Capital City A&M Club events here.
The Austin Frogs are scheduled to meet at Westwood Gastropub (5308 Balcones Drive) for the season opener. According to the TCU Alumni Association of Austin facebook page, watch party locations varied throughout the 2018 season. Keep an eye on that page for upcoming events.
When not hitting the road and heading down to San Marcos, Bobcat fans in Austin gather to watch games at Lustre Pearl East (114 Linden Street). Well, at least for the first game of the season. Check the Austin chapter alumni Facebook page for updates on the remainder of the season.
The Texas Tech Alumni Association Austin Chapter has two official game watching party locations. BD Riley’s Irish Pub Mueller location (1905 Aldrich Street, Suite 130) and The Park at the Domain (11601 Domain Drive, #200) is where fans of Texas Tech root on the Red Raiders.
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The Coogs in Austin gather at Waterloo Ice House (8600 Burnet Road) to watch their weekend games. They also have an active Facebook page that is full of activities, meetups, and more.
In addition to being the home base for LSU fans, the Shiner Saloon (422 Congress Avenue, Suite D) is home to Virginia Tech fans as well. Hokies can join the Austin Hokies Facebook group, where more info is sure to be posted here.
The University of Washington alumni page lists Little Woodrows (520 West 6th Street) as the place for official viewing parties. You can check other city’s locations here.
Cougar football fans can cheer on their team with fellow fans at Key Bar (617 West 6th Street). Follow the WSUAA Austin Club Facebook page for more info throughout the season.
New for 2019, WVU Austin Alumni will gather at the Rainey Street bar Stagger Lee (87 Rainey Street). Austin Mountaineers who’d like to keep up with all alumni events can follow the group here.
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