Fall Football Frenzy

Written by Kristen Wright, Manager of the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service 

In case the temperature drop and pumpkin flavors weren’t enough to tip you off, fall is in full swing. Aside from the wardrobe changes and specialty foods and beverages, this time of year also means football.

NCAAFootball season in Washington, DC is a reminder of how uniquely diverse the District really is. On NFL opening day, I walked through the city proudly wearing my Buffalo Bills shirt and passed countless fans also dressed in support of their hometown teams.

With fans cheering on teams from every corner of the United States, rivalries are present and friendly bets will be made. (Which is why UT alumna Lauren Goldberg, a fellow DistrictGPS blogger, had to sport Georgia colors this week at the office.)

Whether you watch for the camaraderie, the snacks, or the game itself, this exciting time of year brings out the competitive spirit in us all. As another busy weekend of football approaches, I wanted to take my chance to weigh in on the games ahead.

NCAA Football

  • As the NCAA match-ups continue and we move into conference play, the stakes are higher and the rivalries more intense. If you’ve been watching this season, then you know that Alabama, Oregon, Clemson, and Ohio State are positioned as the teams to beat, ranked 1-4 respectively.
  • If you’re tuning in this weekend, I’d pay special attention to the SEC showdown between Florida and LSU. These two ranked teams are evenly matched and looking to show dominance in the conference- it should be a nail bitter until the very end.


  • With only three unbeaten teams remaining, the front-runners are fighting to keep their pristine records, while teams settled in the middle of the pack are trying to pull ahead and show that they too are top contenders.

The Broncos and Chiefs shouldn’t have much trouble skating through the weekend with their undefeated status intact. The Saints however, will have their hands full against the 4-1 Patriots. As much as it pains a Bills fan to say it, that game will be a good one, and it could be a preview of post season play.

So whether or not football holds a special place in your weekend schedule, these upcoming games are definitely worth watching. Go to a game watch with friends or have a tailgate at home. Either way, enjoy fall and the competitive fun that comes along with it.


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