Yeah, we could go through the depth chart and the positives and negatives of each position - but there are other blogs and publications that are doing a fine job with that...
Why don't we take a look at the tailgates...
Week One. August 30th. Coastal Carolina.
The chanticleers. It's an early kickoff (12pm) so we have to serve fare that stores well - and can survive (so we can survive) the warmer temperatures. Although the current forecast is predicting some rain - we're hoping to still be in the parking lots by 7am Saturday morning.
Our theme is "Pluck the Chanticleers" - and we'll be serving chicken (ha ha).
Week Two. September 6th. (the) oregon state university.
The beavers. This must be a sort of pilgrimage for the beavers to play at Beaver Stadium. It's also an unholy opportunity for inappropriateness across the board.
Such as our theme: "Stick it to the Beavers" - all foods on a stick (some finger foods as well - stop it!) "Tapas" (what?), if you will.
Week Three. September 20th. Temple.
The Cherry and the White - ie, the Owls. As the Lions host Al Golden's team, we'll be hosting a group of Temple people. It's another early start.
Our theme? "Tour of Pennsylvania." - it's the Italian Market meets pot pie and pierogi.
Week Four. September 27th. illinois.
the fighting illini. The game doesn't kick off until 8pm - which is perfectly okay with me as it is my absolute favorite tailgate of the year....
Week Five. October 18th. michigan. Homecoming.
the wolverines. To say that this is a "big game" is the understatement of the season - it would be similarly inadequate to say "big tailgate." - as you know, we've entered the tailgating competition (pick me! pick me!) - and well, we take these things kinda seriously.
The theme: I'm not sure I'm ready to discuss this one yet. It's not like it's a secret (shhhh!) or anything - it just deserves it's own posting(s).
Week Six. November 15th. indiana.
the hoosiers. After a month away from Happy Valley - we'll be ready to return and fire up the Coleman. And we still need to decide on a theme for this game.
It could be a cold day - so heartier fare is a good bet.
Possible themes: Australian Pub (Australian?); Chili & Soup; Italian; French;
Week Seven. November 22nd. msu.
the spartans. There's a score to be settled here - PSU let msu win a game they had no business winning - this year it needs to be different.
So, let's see, we need a different theme for this game... We just haven't come up with one yet.