Driving Distance, Toronto: Ann Arbor, MI

If the Argos aren’t providing quite enough excitement, then pack up for a night in Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan — and the quintessential college football experience.

The Base: Fuel up en route at Detroit’s Breakfast House and Grill, where pork chops, waffles and cheese grits are all part of a balanced breakfast plate. Eat lots: It’s going to be a long day. 1241 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-961-1115.

Pre-game: Tailgaters start at daybreak, filling the lots around the stadium with tents, lawn chairs, kegs, barbecues, pots of soup and even satellite TVs. All you need, however, is your own booze. The impromptu football game will find you.

The Game: With a capacity of 109,901, Michigan Stadium (aka, the Big House, pictured above) is among the world’s largest sporting venues. With no beams or posts to impede views, there are no bad seats – but then again, there aren’t really any seats. It’s bleacher-style, so you’ll be getting cozy. 1 East Stadium Blvd., 313-936-9345.

Post-game: When you tire of drunken students, head to a place that they can’t afford: The Chop House. Start with oysters, then move into a juicy grain-fed filet mignon and some full-bodied old-world vino. 322 South Main St., 888-456-3463.

Sleep: If game day didn’t offer enough action, try your luck at the tables of the MotorCity Casino Hotel, a half-hour away. If it did, then hit the in-room deep soaker tub and make your selection from the Pillow Library (seriously). 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, 866-752-9622.

Image courtesy of mischiru.

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