Would the NFL ever host a "Back to School" weekend?
In Peter King's "Football Morning in America" column this week, readers offered their suggestions for improving the NFL. Tim DeLaney from Tempe, Ariz., had a suggestion for improving the 17th game. "For U.S. fans who may be college football fans first: Schedule the remainder of neutral-site games in traditional college markets (with behemoth stadiums)—Lincoln, State College, Clemson, Tuscaloosa, Tallahassee, Baton Rouge, Norman."
That's a great idea, and it got us thinking. It doesn't have to be about the 17th game on campus. Some divisional rivalries could play out close to home (and even do a ‘home and home,' too). Here is a proposed "Back to School" weekend with a mix of divisional and non-conference games that would be a dream for both NFL and college fans.
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Bengals vs. Browns
Where: Ohio Stadium (Ohio State)
The Shoe, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, would be a perfect setting for the "Battle of Ohio." Put the Dawg Pound on one side and The Jungle on the other, and let these two AFC North rivals go at it in front of more than 110,000.
Dolphins vs. Patriots
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium (Alabama)
Nick Saban can do the coin toss for this one. It's his former NFL tea Notre Dame vs. USC Rivalry Gear m in Miami against his mentor in Bill Belichick. Former Alabama quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones go head to head in this one, too.
Buccaneers vs. Saints
Where: Tiger Stadium (LSU)
The Buccaneers could always run this back at The Swamp o College Operation Hat Trick Apparel r Doak Campbell Stadium, but putting Tom Brady in Death Valley in prime time just one time before retirement in front of a bunch of Saints fans would be worth it.
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Lions vs. Bears
Where: Notre Dame Stadium (Notre Dame), Michigan Stadium (Michigan)
The NHL has held the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium and Notre Dame Stadium. Why not do the same with the Lions and Bears – NFC North rivals whose fan-bases gravitate toward the same teams? You could even try one of those games on Thanksgiving.
Vikings vs. Packers
Where: Camp Randall Stadium (Wisconsin)
The Vikings briefly played in Huntington Back Stadium, which is home of the Minnesota Gophers. That would be a possible home-and-home here. Why not let the Packers' fans "Jump Around" before the fourth quarter of a classic NFC North rivalry matchup with the Vikings?
Bills vs. Jets
Where: Michie Stadium (Army)
An AFC East game at West Point? Yes sir. Michie Stadium seats around 38,000, which would make the tickets a hot item. Still, this would be one of two games the NFL could make happen as part of its "Salute to Service" campaign.
Chiefs vs. Broncos
Where: Memorial Stadium (Nebraska)
The Broncos dominate most of Big Sky country, but there are enough fans of both AFC West teams in the Cornhusker State that this game would be a hit in Lincoln.
49ers vs. Seahawks
Where: Husky Stadium (Washington), Stanford Stadium (Stanford)
There is a Pac-12 rivalry between those schools, and it would translate to the NFC West teams. The 49ers-Seahawks r Akron Zips shirt ivalry would play off well in these stadiums, especially Husky Stadium, where the Seahawks played from 2000-01.
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Where: Navy Marine Corps-Memorial Stadium (Navy)
The other "Salute to Service" option. The Beltway rivalry heads to Annapolis. Ron Rivera and John Harbaugh likely would be all for it, and like West Point, the intimate setting of 34,000 would make ticket demand soar.
Steelers vs. Eagles
Where: Beaver Stadium (Penn State)
Pitt already plays at the newly-named Acrisure Stadium, but Beaver Stadium is almost the midpoint between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Could both teams co-sponsor a "Whiteout" just one time?
Cowboys vs. Texans
Where: Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium (Texas)
They could play at Texas A&M's Kyle Field, too. It would be cool to see these teams play for the Governor's Cup in the state capital one time.
Panthers vs. Jaguars
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium (South Carolina)
You have a few options here given the Panthers have fans from North and South Carolina and the Jaguars have a mix of fans from the Florida schools. These teams came into the league together in 1995, and this rivalry keeps them joined at the hip.
Titans vs. Falcons
Where: Sanford Stadium (Georgia), Neyland Stadium (Tennessee)
Brin Texas vs. Oklahoma Rivalry Jerseys g the SEC East rivalry to the NFL with these iconic stadiums. Both stadiums have huge capacities, and this would heat up a cross-conference rivalry between Tennessee and Atlanta.
Chargers vs. Rams
Where: Los An Brenau Golden Tigers clothes geles Memorial Coliseum (USC), Rose Bowl (UCLA)
This would require pulling both teams out of SoFi Stadium. The Rose Bowl, one of college football's most-hallowed venues, has hosted five Super Bowls.
Raiders vs. Cardinals
Where: Sun Devil Stadium (Arizona State)
Sun Devil Stadium used to be home of the Cardinals, and a throw-back weekend and a battle for the desert with the rival Raiders is in order.
Giants vs. Colts
Where: Yankee Stadium
We cheated a bit, but there is a college connection in the Bronx. Army and Notre Dame played at Yankee Stadium 22 times. For the Giants Kentucky vs. Louisville Rivalry Jerseys and Colts, it's a chance to relive the "Greatest Game Ever Played" in the 1958 NFL championship game.