Watch parties are everywhere in Tampa Bay
This weekend is Championship Weekend in college football, and fans of the teams involved are planning their game days all over the Tampa Bay area. Since Florida has a bit of everything, it stands to reason that there are a number of watch parties for fans to watch their favorite college football team shoot for those conference bragging rights. Both the Big Ten Conference Championship Game and the SEC Championship Game will air on our very own Sports Talk 1040 The Team in the Tampa Bay area.
The Ohio State Buckeyes come into the Big Ten title game as an overwhelming favorite over Northwestern, but more importantly the Buckeyes need a win on Saturday to have a chance at advancing to the College Football Playoff and taking a shot at the national championship. Northwestern has the opportunity to play spoiler and shock a conference that has been dominated by its eastern division in recent years.
In the Southeastern Conference, Alabama has proven a juggernaut that is a big favorite over any team in the country. Georgia, of course, is no slouch themselves. The SEC Championship will be a rematch of last year’s national championship game, and like Ohio State the Bulldogs of Georgia likely need to pull off the upset if they want to get into the playoff.
Ohio State Watch Parties
Fans of the Buckeyes have options around Tampa Bay to gather with alumni and fans to watch the big game. In Hillsborough County, fans can gather at either O’Brien’s Pub at 701 W. Lumsden Road in Brandon, or Maloney’s Local Irish Pub at 1120 E Kennedy Blvd in Tampa. Across the bay in Pinellas, there will be a gathering at Quaker Steak and Lube at 10400 49th Street North in Clearwater. All three are put on by the Suncoast Alumni Club.
There are no official watch parties for the Northwestern Wildcats.
Alabama Watch Parties
As one might expect, the Crimson Tide have a lot of fans and alumni in the Tampa Bay area, and three places that their fans can go to. Pinellas County fans can head to Cricketers Pub at 2634 Bayshore Blvd in Dunedin, while those in Hillsborough have the choice of either Tampa Joe’s at 9316 Anderson Road in Tampa or Eats American Grill at 6264 Winthrop Town Centre Boulevard in Riverview.
Georgia Watch Parties
With so much on the line for the Bulldogs, watch parties for their role in the championship game are sure to be energetic and rowdy. Hillsborough fans and alumni can meet at The Press Box at 222 S. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, and the watch party in Pinellas will be held at Yeoman’s Cask and Lion at 200 1st Avenue South in St. Petersburg.
Whether you are heading to a watch party or simply listening to the game on our own, enjoy the games! As always, we will have these games and many more covered right here on Sports Talk Florida.