The college football season kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 1 for several programs here in Central Texas. The University of Texas at Austin visits the University of Maryland, and Texas State University travels to New Jersey to take on Rutgers University for their respective opening games. Both games kick off at 11 a.m. Texas A&M University and Baylor University both start their seasons this week as well.
Here is a noncomprehensive list of college football watch parties, radio shows and more in the Austin-area this weekend.
The University of Texas at Austin vs. University of Maryland at Pluckers (Research Boulevard location)
Pluckers is hosting 104.9 FM The Horn at its Research Boulevard location for the radio station’s official watch game party. The broadcast begins approximately four hours before kickoff and prizes will be given away to fans in attendance.
Pluckers, 9070 Research Blvd., Ste. 201-C, Austin. 512-533-9464. www.pluckers.com
Multiple college football games at COVER 2 and COVER 3
Local sports bar and restaurant chain COVER 3 and spin off COVER 2 will air college kickoff weekend at all locations. The restaurants feature televisions displayed throughout, local draught beer selections and American-cuisine menus.
COVER 3, 2700 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 202, Austin; 1717 W. Sixth St., Austin; 2800 N. I-35, Ste. 200, Round Rock. https://cover-3.com
COVER 2, 13701 Research Blvd., Austin. 512-506-9935. https://cover-2.com
The University of Texas at Austin vs. University of Maryland at Haymaker
Haymaker is opening early for UT Austin’s morning kickoff Saturday. The bar and restaurant will feature several drink specials.
Haymaker, 2310 Manor Road, Austin. 512-243-6702. www.haymakeraustin.com
University of Alabama vs. University of Louisville at Buford’s Backyard Beer Garden and Dogwood at the Domain
The Austin Crimson Tide Club hosts an Alabama vs. Louisville watch party at Buford’s Backyard Beer Garden on West Sixth Street and at The Dogwood at Domain Northside. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Buford’s Backyard Beer Garden, 700 W. Sixth St., Austin. 512-545-5505. www.bufordsaustin.com
The Dogwood Domain, 11420 Rock Rose Ave., Ste. 130, Austin. www.thedogwooddomain.com
The University of Texas at Austin vs. University of Maryland at Live Oak Brewing Co.
Live Oak Brewing Co. will project Saturday’s UT Austin game on its taproom wall. The brewery opens 30 minutes prior to Saturday’s 11 a.m. kickoff and attendees can hang around after the game to watch live music.
Live Oak Brewing Co., 1615 Crozier Lane, Del Valle. 512-385-2299. www.liveoakbrewing.com
The University of Texas at Austin vs. University of Maryland at Red’s Porch Quarry Lake
Red’s Porch Quarry Lake hosts a Texas Longhorns kickoff party Sept. 1 for the UT vs. Maryland game. The festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. and kickoff is at 11 a.m.
Red’s Porch, 4200-B Braker Lane, Austin. 512-236-5436. www.redsporch.com
Texas State University vs. Rutgers University at Crafthousetx
The Texas State University alumni Bobcat Club hosts the watch party for the the Bobcats’ kickoff against Rutger’s University at Crafthousetx. Crafthousetx will project the game on its big screen and features a brunch menu during the game. Kickoff is at 11 a.m.
Crafthousetx, 242 N. LBJ Drive, Ste. 101, San Marcos. 512-667-6700. www.crafthousetx.com
Arizona State University vs. The University of Texas at San Antonio at The Brass Tap Domain
The Austin Sun Devils, Austin’s Arizona State University alumni chapter, hosts watch parties for the Arizona State vs. The University of Texas San Antonio game at The Brass Tap Domain and at The Barn Bar & Venue in South Austin.
The Brass Tap Domain, 10910 Domain Drive, Ste. 120, Austin. 512-339-2337. www.brasstapbeerbar.com/Austin
The Barn Bar & Venue, 6218 Brodie Lane, Austin. 512-694-1664. www.facebook.com/brodielaneaustin
The University of Texas at Austin vs. University of Maryland at Doc’s Backyard
The Texas Exes Austin Chapter hosts its viewing party of UT Austin’s kickoff game at Doc’s Backyard in Southwest Austin. The bar and restaurant will serve drink specials, and the Texas Exes is offering prizes to those in attendance.
Doc’s Backyard, 5207 Brodie Lane, Ste. 100, Sunset Valley. 512-892-5200. https://eatdrinkdocs.com