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Maryland fans, these are the college football bars to avoid this fall

This is a post for all the Maryland alumni. If you're used to watching Terrapin sports in bars around D.C., you knew to avoid the crowds of Vitale-loving Dukies at Laughing Man Tavern during basketball games, and that you didn't want to be at Union Pub whenever the Terps faced the Florida State Seminoles.

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Are Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs (with the ball) and the Terrapins ready for their first season in the Big 10? (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

The move to the Big 10, though, raises new questions for Maryland fans: Where should you spend your Saturday afternoons so you don't find yourself surrounded by Sparty T-shirts or people doing that "O-H-I-O" pose? Here's a quick guide to the main game-watching spots for the 13 other Big Ten schools.

Be warned that three of the most popular college football alumni groups in the Washington area are in Maryland's new conference: The local Ohio State and Penn State alumni associations each boast five "official" viewing locations, while Michigan has four bars of its own.

Illinois: Penn Social
Indiana: Union Pub
Iowa: Public Bar, Crystal City Sports Pub
Michigan: R.F.D., Bailey's, Tommy Joe's, Cleveland Park Bar and Grill
Michigan State: Capitol Lounge
Minnesota: Front Page
Nebraska: Bar 201
Northwestern: Blackfinn (D.C.)
Ohio State: Rhino Bar, Solly's, Union Jack's (Bethesda), Mister Days, Velocity 5 (Sterling)
Penn State: Chinese Disco, Rhino Bar, Union Jack's (Bethesda), Carpool (Ballston), Tortoise and Hare
Purdue: The Bottom Line
Rutgers: Grand Slam Sports Bar
Wisconsin: Lou's City Bar

Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.



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