With Labor Day behind us, it's time to embrace the college football season. One of the great things about living in the New York metropolitan area is that you're sure to find dozens, or even thousands, of fellow New Yorkers who share your favorite college team allegiances — even if you went to school on the other side of the country.
To help you find your fellow fans and alumni, here are the top 10 college football teams for the 2017 season, according to The Sporting News, and where to watch them in New York City.
The Ainsworth — 122 W. 26th St., Chelsea
If you want yell "Roll Tide" with a few hundred of your closest friends head to The Ainsworth's Chelsea location where dozens of HD TVs, tons of Alabama décor and a fantastic food menu will get you in the game day spirit. Even the Greater New York Alabama Alumni Association agrees.
Pennsylvania 6 — 132 W. 31st St., Chelsea
In-the-know Trojans stake out space at Pennsylvania 6 on game day where the USC Alumni Club of New York hosts game watch events. Billed as a "sophisticated sports bar," Pennsylvania 6 offers Trojans a fan-tastic brunch menu, great craft beers and a central location just steps from Penn Station.
Iron Bar NYC — 713 Eighth Ave., Hell's Kitchen
Ohio State alums in the big city head to Iron Bar, the official NYC bar for Buckeye pride. Paid members of The Ohio State Alumni Club of NYC with reservations receive preferred seating among the bar's 15 HD TV's and 17-foot projection screen while the DJ spins the unofficial OSU anthem, "Hang on Sloopy."
According to the Seminole Club of NYC, lucky Florida State alums have two Midtown bars for their game day pleasure. The Three Monkeys has a dozen TVs and screens for clear sightlines and a full roster of 36 craft beers on draft, while The Ainsworth's Midtown location offers the same tasty food and drinks that Crimson Tide fans enjoy in Chelsea.
If you're looking for your fellow Clemson Tigers, you can find NYC & Tri-State Area Clemson Alumni Club members at two venues. The House of 'Que in Hoboken offers tons of delicious smokehouse specialties and mouthwatering sides along with a generous selection of beer, wine and cocktails. In Midtown, head to The Liberty NYC for delicious food and drink on two large levels.
Considering its location just four hours outside the city, it's no surprise that NYC Nittany Lions fans have an abundance of official game watch locations. According to the New York City Chapter of the PennState Alumni Association website, Proper West and the Murray Hill Brother Jimmy's take game day reservations, while Tonic East, Manhattan Proper and Mercury Bar West all get honorable mentions as popular Nittany Lion hangouts.
The Mad Hatter — 360 Third Ave., Kips Bay
The Mad Hatter is home to OU Sooners throughout football season. Here, members of the OU Club of NYC enjoy great food and drink — and Sooner football — in classic British pub environs.
Feile — 131 W. 33rd St., Midtown
Huskies fans congregate at Féile near Penn Station for game day glory. This Irish pub features a tempting lineup of burgers, sandwiches and bar snacks; an impressive list of both bottled and draft beers; and dozens of Irish whiskeys for toasting your winning team (or drowning your sorrows).
Professor Thom's — 219 Second Ave., East Village
This may be a dedicated New England bar every other day of the week, but on Saturdays during football season, patrons yell "Go Blue!" to cheer on the Wolverines. There's a solid menu of burgers and finger foods, plus Bells Brewery specials and giveaways. This proud partner of the U of M Alumni Club of NYC even hosts a dedicated webpage for Wolverine game watch reservations.
American Whiskey — 247 W. 30th St., Midtown
If you're a Dawg in the city, then wag your tail on over to American Whiskey to cheer on your favorite college team. According to the UGA New York Alumni website, there are more than 6,000 UGA alums in New York City, so you'll be in good company while you cheer on the boys in the silver britches. And the venue's name isn't just for show; American Whiskey offers an astounding 375 whiskey options to whet your whistle.