The perfect casual food/drink pairing for each New Year's Day football game

Dec 27, 2017 |
The perfect casual food/drink pairing for each New Year's Day football game
When checking out the Rose Bowl between Georgia and Oklahoma, why not gorge yourself on some of the best sandwiches Los Angeles has to offer.
When checking out the Rose Bowl between Georgia and Oklahoma, why not gorge yourself on some of the best sandwiches Los Angeles has to offer.

New Year’s Day college football bowl games are one of the best traditions in sports. They’re the perfect way to recover from what’s typically a late boozy night. New Year's day football hasn't been the same in recent years. Thankfully, we’re back to a great day of games after a couple of years with the College Football Playoff games being played on New Year's Eve.

This year we have five solid games that begin with a perfect game to slowly slide into the day. Let’s look at some options to eat and drink while you watch how your wagers on the games are doing.

Outback Bowl

The Outback Bowl isn’t the best game, but it’s good enough to watch and wager on. Michigan vs. South Carolina in the steakhouse bowl makes for the perfect hair of the dog game. It’s good enough to keep an eye on but not great enough that it needs your full attention.

The perfect pairing for this early game is steak and eggs. Add whatever drinks you need to get the day started. I prefer iced coffee with a vodka and soda on the side. Icing the coffee gets the caffeine into the body quicker. Meanwhile, the bubbles from the soda help settle the system.

Peach Bowl

The Peach Bowl is one an interesting game that matches two teams that don’t play often. For what it’s worth Auburn is 3-0 against UCF in their previous games. This is another early game. Legitimately, the sponsor of this game is perfect. Chick-Fil-A is a great start to the day.

The west coast can start with a delicious chicken biscuit, some hash browns to soak up the booze from New Year’s Eve, and a lemonade. The east coast can have lunch that includes a chicken sandwich, fries (for the booze soaking), and a lemonade. Bring an airplane-sized bottle of booze if you need to spike the lemonade. However, the sugar should help get the day started off right.

Citrus Bowl

This is definitely a game made for brunch. Start off with a mimosa (orange juice for citrus and champagne), strong coffee (perhaps some chicory for LSU) and add mounds of food to get the day started.

By the time this game starts you’ll be knee deep in college football action. There will be three games on at the same time. That's a beautiful thing. A large brunch will get the ball rollin’ for the big games on deck.

College Football Playoff Games

Rose Bowl

The granddaddy of 'em all has No. 3 Georgia versus No. 2 Oklahoma. Regardless of the teams playing, this is my favorite bowl game to watch. The field at the Rose Bowl is just beautiful and they play the second half as the sun is setting. Coincidentally, the second half of the game is probably when we’re going to be ready for another meal.

Los Angeles is famous for a wide variety of food. Surprise! Some of my favorite dishes from LA go perfectly with a football game. Dodger dogs, Pink’s hot dogs, and the bacon wrapped Dirt Dogs are all awesome. Grab a dog for a quick bite, but try a French Dip or roast beef sandwich if you’re looking for something more substantial. Philippe the Original has a great sandwich but has even better mustard. Seriously, this is life changing mustard.

Sugar Bowl

We’re sliding into the late game now with a kickoff closing in on 9 pm eastern. If Clemson fans and bettors are still drinking, they should probably enjoy an Alabama Slammer or five. This is a fruity cocktail that is beyond easy to drink. This is like the on ramp to serious boozin' if you're just getting going.

College football halftime lasts forever so use this time for one last food run. Head out to your favorite taco joint and grab a variety of tacos for everyone watching the game. Sweet drinks like the Alabama Slammer pair nicely with spicy and salty foods. This is a nice way to finish a day of eating, drinking, and gambling.



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