Date Sept. 1, 2007
Game East Carolina vs. Virginia Tech
Site Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Va.
Play Pete Dye River Course at Virginia Tech, Radford, Va., 7,665 yards, par 72; $49-$70;
Course Finder Profile | rivercoursegolf.vt.edu
• Made over by Dye in 2005, this loop along two-and-a-half miles of the New River is one of the country's most underrated courses. A 70-foot rock cliff divides the nines.
Date Sept. 8, 2007
Game Boise State vs. Washington
Site Husky Stadium, Seattle, Wash.
Play Chambers Bay Golf Course, University Place, Wash., 7,585 yards, par 72;
Course Finder Profile | chambersbaygolf.com
• The hour's ride south to Tacoma is worth it. This Robert Trent Jones Jr. design opened in late June and it's drawing comparisons to Bandon Dunes. With the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains backdropping many holes, Chambers Bay might make you forget all about football.
Date Sept. 15, 2007
Game Notre Dame vs. Michigan
Site Michigan Stadium, aka "The Big House," Ann Arbor, Mich.
Play Hollow Golf Club (2nd and 3rd nines), Clarkston, Mich., 7,235 yards, par 72;
Course Finder Profile | shepherdshollow.com
• Arthur Hills crafted this 27-holer in 2000, 30 miles north of Detroit and less than an hour from the University of Michigan campus. Hardwoods and pines frame nearly every hole, yet there's ample room to maneuver around the strategic bunkering and handful of lakes.