At the beginning of the baseball season, I attempted to sketch out a plan for a theoretical fan to attend all 30 baseball stadiums in the season's first month. This is the sort of thing someone does when they absolutely cannot wait for the season to start.

Which is why we're going to try this today with college football. I'm going to see if I can put together an itinerary to see as many quality college football games as humanly possible. With the baseball trip, we avoided driving: The goal was to see if a plane, train or bus would take you everywhere you wanted to go. But college football isn't about public transportation. College football is about huge RVs with as many people packed in as possible. It is about hitting the open road. So let's go.

Wednesday, Aug. 27
Abilene Christian at Georgia State
The Georgia Dome
Atlanta, Ga.

Yep, the season starts with one game, on Wednesday night, at the home of the Falcons. (And the GSU Panthers.) This game is on ESPNU, but why sit at home? The college football season begins with an 0-12 team against an FCS team in an NFL arena? Who's with me? (I will in fact be at this game.) The college football has to begin somewhere.

Thursday, Aug. 28
Boise State vs. Mississippi
The Georgia Dome
Atlanta, Ga.

We're going to be logging a ton of miles on this trip, so let's stay in Atlanta for one more night. Think of it as carbo-loading before a marathon, except with sleep.

Friday, Aug. 29
Bowling Green at Western Kentucky
Houchens Industries-L. T. Smith Stadium
Bowling Green, Ky.
312 miles
Four hours, 46 minutes

There are better games on Friday night -- BYU-Connecticut, Colorado-Colorado State - but this is the only one you have a realistic chance of driving to after a Thursday night game. The best thing about this stadium is the water tower.

Saturday, Aug. 30
Clemson at Georgia
Sanford Stadium
Athens, Ga.
369 miles
Five hours, 54 minutes

So you're back in Georgia again, and you drove about 700 miles just to watch Bowling Green play Western Kentucky. If you think that was pointless, perhaps this is not the exercise for you. Anyway, this is clearly the opening week's best game. GameDay will be there, and so will I. Stop by our tailgate. I'll be the one grilling kale.

Sunday, Aug. 31
Utah State at Tennessee
Neyland Stadium
Knoxville, Tenn.
233 miles
Four hours, 11 minutes

There is no rest for you: What's a better Labor Day weekend activity than taking a trip to Phil Fulmer Way?

Monday, Sept. 1
Miami (Fla.) at Louisville
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Louisville, Ky.
248 miles
Three hours, 45 minutes

This is now six games in six days. Aren't you glad you stayed that extra day in Atlanta at the beginning?

Thursday, Sept. 4
Arizona at Texas-San Antonio
The Alamodome
San Antonio, Texas
1,106 miles
16 hours, 37 minutes

Your first massive drive coincides, handily, with your first break. Though I am not sure why Arizona is playing on the road against Texas-San Antonio.

Saturday, Sept. 6
BYU at Texas
Darrel K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium
Austin, Texas
80 miles
One hour, 32 minutes

Sadly: We had to skip a day of football on Friday. There's no conceivable way to get to either Pittsburgh at Boston College (30 hours) or Washington State at Nevada (25 hours), the two Friday games, by car. So go get some BBQ, watch a screening of Boyhood and enjoy your night off in Austin. There are far worse places.

Thursday, Sept. 11
Louisiana Tech at North Texas
Apogee Stadium
Denton, Texas
221 miles
Three hours, 22 minutes

What better way to honor America than to stay in Texas? You have now been in the Lone Star State for a very long time.

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
Toledo at Cincinnati
Nippert Stadium
Cincinnati, Ohio
953 miles
14 hours, 52 minutes

You're going to want to drive in shifts for this one: You've got a 15 hour drive after the North Texas game for a Cincinnati-Toledo game that begins in about 19 hours. This is what you committed to.

Saturday, Sept. 13
Miami of Ohio at Michigan
Michigan Stadium
Ann Arbor, Mich.
247 miles
Three hours, 55 minutes

This is not the most compelling college football week -- Georgia at South Carolina is the only great game -- so why not spend the down week at the Big House?

Thursday, Sept. 18
Auburn at Kansas State
Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium
Manhattan, Kan.
845 miles
12 hours, 41 minutes

There's actually a game on Sunday, September 14, but sorry: You can't drive to Hawaii. (Well, you can try, but you will fail.) This is a sneaky-good Thursday night game.

Friday, Sept. 19
Connecticut at South Florida
Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, Fla.
1,378 miles
20 hours, 35 minutes

You better drive fast on this one: The Auburn-KSU game should be over around 11 p.m. ET, and this one starts at 8 p.m. the next day. So get out of the postgame traffic quick, or you won't have a chance. I have faith in you.

Saturday, Sept. 20
Clemson at Florida State
Doak Campbell Stadium
Tallahassee, Fla.
280 miles
Four hours, 13 minutes

Besides, if you make it, it'll be worth it to stay in Florida for this game.

Thursday, Sept. 25
UCLA at Arizona State
Sun Devil Stadium
Tempe, Ariz.
1,876 miles
28 hours

We need to get out west anyway, and you've got four days to make it. Don't forget to look out the window occasionally.

Friday, Sept. 26
Fresno State at New Mexico
University Stadium
Albuquerque, N.M.
412 miles
Six hours, 19 minutes

You should have time to visit Breaking Bad filming locations during the day.

Saturday, Sept. 27
Oregon State at USC
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles, Calif.
794 miles
11 hours, 30 minutes

This is a bit of a haul overnight, and if it's an afternoon game rather than a night game, you might not make it. (It's sort of difficult to do this, I'm finding, if you don't know game times.) But it's still worth visiting O.J. Simpson's old digs.

Thursday, Oct. 2
Arizona at Oregon
Autzen Stadium
Eugene, Ore.
862 miles
13 hours, 7 minutes

Let's stay one more week out west, particularly because you've got to see Autzen Stadium on a school night.

Friday, Oct. 3
Utah State at BYU
LaVell Edwards Stadium
Provo, Utah
821 miles
13 hours, 19 minutes

Just make sure to get all your booze before you leave Oregon.

Saturday, Oct. 4
Oregon State at Colorado
Folsom Field
Boulder, Colo.
494 miles
Seven hours, 51 minutes

I'm sorry you're not getting better Saturday games. It's tough in the season's first month.

Thursday, Oct. 9
BYU at Central Florida
Bright House Networks Stadium
Orlando, Fla.
2,343 miles
34 hours

Pretty sure this is going to be the longest drive on the trip, unless you really want to try that Hawaii thing.

The Longhorns are 60-43-5 in the Red River Showdown series. (Getty Images)

Saturday, Oct. 11
Oklahoma vs. Texas
Cotton Bowl Stadium
Dallas, Texas
1,098 miles
16 hours, 23 minutes

You have to skip a game on Friday -- all three games are out west -- but it'll be worth it to see the Red River Showdown.

Tuesday, Oct. 14
Louisiana-Lafayette at Texas State
Bobcat Stadium
San Marcos, Texas
229 miles
Three hours, 34 minutes

Hell yes there are Tuesday games now.

Thursday, Oct. 16
Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh
Heinz Field
Pittsburgh, Pa.
1,456 miles
22 hours

Give a toast to Beano Cook while you're here.

Friday, Oct. 17
Temple at Houston
TDECU Stadium
Houston, Texas
1,340 miles

This is a long way to go overnight for a freaking Houston-Temple game. You do get to see a brand-new stadium though.

Saturday, Oct. 18
Texas A&M at Alabama
Bryant-Denny Stadium
Tuscaloosa, Ala.
619 miles
9 hours, 11 minutes

And … it's probably about time to get back down south, isn't it?

Tuesday, Oct. 21
Arkansas State at Louisiana-Lafayette
Cajun Field
Lafayette, La.
405 miles
6 hours

You have time for a New Orleans excursion, if you're into that sort of thing.

Thursday, Oct. 23
Miami (Fla.) at Virginia Tech
Lane Stadium
Blacksburg, Va.
946 miles
14 hours, seven minutes

We're watching a lot of Miami road games on this trip, for some reason.

Friday, Oct. 24
Troy at South Alabama
Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Mobile, Ala.
746 miles
10 hours, 56 minutes

This is the real grind: Games on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Power through. You gotta hang in, because …

Saturday, Oct. 25
South Carolina at Auburn
Jordan-Hare Stadium
Auburn, Ala.
225 miles
Three hours, 24 minutes

… the Saturday games are your reward.

Thursday, Oct. 30
Florida State at Louisville
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Louisville, Ky.
474 miles
Seven hours, 23 minutes

The way this trip works out, you get to go to Louisville twice. Lucky you.

Friday, Oct. 31
Tulsa at Memphis
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
Memphis, Tenn.
375 miles
Five hours, 37 minutes

No trick-or-treating, though I would assume they sell some sort of candy concoction at the stadium.

Saturday, Nov. 1
Purdue at Nebraska
Memorial Stadium
Lincoln, Neb.
651 miles
10 hours, 30 minutes

You're missing the cocktail party in Jacksonville, but everyone should see the lunatics in red at some point, and this could be your only chance.

Tuesday, Nov. 4
Bowling Green at Akron
InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field
Akron, Ohio
870 miles
13 hours, 11 minutes

What kind of name is InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field? Can somebody ask LeBron?

Wednesday, Nov. 5
Buffalo at Ohio
Peden Stadium
Athens, Ohio
181 miles
Two hours, 46 minutes

Wait, there are Wednesday games now? Sheesh.

Thursday, Nov. 6
Clemson at Wake Forest
BB&T Field
Winston-Salem, N.C.
302 miles
Four hours, 50 minutes

Lots of Clemson on the road too.

Friday, Nov. 7
Memphis at Temple
Lincoln Financial Field
Philadelphia, Pa.
474 miles
Seven hours, 47 minutes

Are you starting to regret this trip? Does anyone in your life still keep in contact with you at this point?

Saturday, Nov. 8
Connecticut at Army
Yankee Stadium
New York, N.Y.
109 miles
One hour, five minutes

Hey, you can watch a football game at a baseball stadium! You could also take public transit from Philadelphia to New York but, as established, there is nothing COLLEGE FOOTBALL! about public transit.

Tuesday, Nov. 11
Toledo at Northern Illinois
Huskie Stadium
DeKalb, Ill.
869 miles
13 hours, 20 minutes

You are becoming quite the MAC expert.

Wednesday, Nov. 12
Kent State at Bowling Green
Doyt Perry Stadium
Bowling Green, Ohio
316 miles
Five hours

Seriously: You know the MAC better than most of the coaches at this point.

Thursday, Nov. 13
East Carolina at Cincinnati
Nippert Stadium
Cincinnati, Ohio
179 miles
Two hours, 56 minutes

Hey, look, you're in Cincinnati again.

Friday, Nov. 14
Tulsa at Central Florida
Bright House Networks Stadium
Orlando, Fla.
916 miles
13 hours, 36 minutes

Hey, look, you're in Orlando again.

Saturday, Nov. 15
Florida State at Miami (Fla.)
Sun Life Stadium
Miami, Fla.
217 miles
Three hours, 18 minutes

Finally, you make it to the U.

Tuesday, Nov. 18
Northern Illinois at Ohio
Peden Stadium
Athens, Ohio
1,065 miles
15 hours, 43 minutes

Your second trip to Peden Stadium. Bet you didn't see that coming.

Wednesday, Nov. 19
Kent State at Buffalo
University of Buffalo Stadium
Buffalo, N.Y.
401 miles
Six hours, 16 minutes

Is it starting to seem strange to you that Buffalo is in the MAC?

Thursday, Nov. 20
Kansas State at West Virginia
Mountaineer Field
Morgantown, W.Va.
292 miles
Four hours, 38 minutes

Night games are always fun here, and I'm pretty proud of myself for not making a couch-burning joke.

No college football road trip would be complete without a visit to South Bend. (Getty Images)

Saturday, Nov. 22
Louisville at Notre Dame
Notre Dame Stadium
South Bend, Ind.
440 miles
Six hours, 45 minutes

You can't make a trip like this without visiting Touchdown Jesus. Let us hope he can make you clean after this endless trip.

Tuesday, Nov. 25
Akron at Kent State
Dix Stadium
Kent, Ohio
280 miles
Four hours

This is the third time you have seen Kent State play.

Thursday, Nov. 27
LSU at Texas A&M
Kyle Field
College Station, Texas
1,278 miles
20 hours

This is a rather fantastic way to spend Thanksgiving, actually.

Friday, Nov. 28
Nebraska at Iowa
Kinnick Stadium
Iowa City, Iowa
1,029 miles
15 hours

Sure, why not.

Saturday, Nov. 29
Michigan at Ohio State
Ohio Stadium
Columbus, Ohio
540 miles
Eight hours, 13 minutes

This game is never quite as big as everyone involved thinks it is … but they think it's so big that by being there, you'll believe them.

Saturday, Dec. 6
SEC Championship Game
The Georgia Dome
Atlanta, Ga.
569 miles
Eight hours, 38 minutes

And we return to where our journey began more than three months ago. We are forever changed.

The final tally: 52 games. And so many miles that you're going to need a new RV, even if you just bought one. After all: The bowl games are next.

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