Football is the talk of the campus, especially if the Griz are good. You’ll hear every other guy say he “could’ve played college football,” but hurt his knee senior year, or wanted to focus on school and not sports.

Even if you’ve never been into sports, you’ll enjoy the Griz games and have way more fun than you think. You really don’t have to know anything about the team to enjoy yourself.

Cheering on the Griz, painting your face and throwing on your overpriced gear from the University bookstore on a Saturday is an experience like nothing else.

The great thing about college football is that there is so much more to it than just the game. It’s waking up and tailgating from the back of a pickup, playing corn hole with some friends you just met, and making sure to stay hydrated.

There are a few things you need to remember before going to a game. As a student, you already payed for your football tickets for the semester via the athletic fee. Reserve tickets starting Mondays at 8 A.M. before home games at Each student can purchase a $10 guest pass for not students, before they run out. Make sure you saved your student ticket on your phone and keep your Griz Card handy. The student entrance is on the East side of the stadium.

Eat before heading into the stadium, because it just isn’t worth it to stand in line during the game for a tiny pizza or a hot dog. If you want to avoid paying too much for a bottle of water, bring an empty water bottle with you and fill it up in the stadium.

So, experience aside, if you don’t know the game of football, you’ll need to know some basics on how football is played. The goal of the game is to score touchdowns by getting the ball into the other team’s end zone.

After a touchdown, the other team receives the ball and is on offense. The team on offense has four plays, or “downs,” to move the ball 10 yards downfield. They can advance the ball by throwing it to a receiver or running with it. If the defense stops the offense from doing this, then the offense gives up the ball and goes back onto defense.

There are four quarters, and the team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

This is obviously the Spark Notes version of football, as the sport is multifaceted and can be as complicated as you want to make it. The best way to learn about it and meet new people is go to as many Griz football games as you can (even the cold ones).