Show sportsmanship:Supporting your school’s team is one thing, but screaming insults at the fans of the opposing team isn’t showing school spirit, it’s showing a lack of class.
Talk to alumni: It may seem hard right now to imagine yourself as that parent showing off his or her alma mater to somewhat uninterested offspring, but that future isn’t all that far off. Take the time to chat up the alumni who ask you for directions to new parts of campus. You never know what interesting stories or helpful advice they might have to impart, or what random connections you might discover.
Brush up on the rules of the game:You don’t need to memorize the rulebook to enjoy a football game, but it is somewhat helpful if you know why everyone else is cheering at certain points in the game. Here are some basics to keep in mind: teams have four downs to get 10 yards, interceptions are bad when the other team catches the ball, field goals are worth three points. If you’re unsure about anything else, wait until enough people around you start cheering or booing and then just join in.
Let weather ruin your fun: The college football season stretches from the sunny, often-sweltering days of September to the potentially snowy days of November (and longer if you count bowl games). If you want to avoid the unfavorable distinction of “fair-weather fan,” it’s important to prepare yourself for everything from scorching heat to torrential downpours and below-freezing conditions. Follow the weather forecasts and dress accordingly. It may seem like a hassle to carry around a raincoat all day when the sky starts off looking clear, but if rain is a possibility for later on in the day, you’ll be grateful you came prepared when everyone around you is soaked and miserable.
Take tailgating too far:If you’re tailgating before the game, don’t get carried away, at least if you plan to make it to the game and remember it. You don’t want to be that person who passes out as they’re standing in the bleachers and takes out a row of people, dominoes style.
Procrastinate on work beforehand:Football weekends, especially home games, are not the most conducive for getting work done, so plan ahead. It’s worth spending a few extra hours getting assignments done in the week prior to the game so you’re not stuck with hours of work on Sunday. You’ll likely be exhausted on Sunday, not only from the game itself but from either celebrating a victory or commiserating over a defeat afterwards, so think of working ahead as a present to yourself.