Here's a rundown of where to watch each weekly installment of OSU's quest for a national championship.

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Player hating in the most literal sense could be heard about Ohio State after the Buckeyes lost to Louisiana State in the BCS title game. Those cries faded, once again, when the 2008 team was deemed among the top in the country. The Bucks are ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press poll and No. 3 in the USA Today poll.

That's jingles for die-hard fans across the state - a raucous, passionate bunch that had tailgates polished and faces painted months ago. Here's a rundown of where to watch each weekly installment of OSU's quest for a national championship.

Youngstown State

12 p.m. Aug. 30

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The season's first game is a good reason to check out the Thirsty "I," 300 W. Lane Ave., a recent addition to the game-day strip named in honor of a former Campus sports bar. If you're looking for a bit of a respite after Hineygate's sunny suds-a-thon, this bar in the former Wendell's location is a good bet.

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Ohio

12 p.m. Sept. 6

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Buckeye fans who attended college in Athens are faced with a philosophical and moral dilemma: Do I root for my alma mater, which sucks, or my favorite team, which is awesome? Bobcats need booze. Unofficial OU alumni hangout Lodge Bar, 165 Vine St. in the Arena District, has plenty of that sweet nectar for cheap.

Southern California

8 p.m. Sept. 13

Los Angeles, California

What could be the game of the season will require Buckeye fans to collect en masse and beam team spirit across the country to smoggy old L.A. Both floors at Campus hangout Panini's Bar & Grill, 1714 N. High St., will be rocking with plenty of drink specials and giveaways during game day.

Troy

12 p.m. Sept. 20

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Face it: You don't even know where this team comes from. To accommodate one half you'll care about and one you won't, head to a bar that offers something different in every room: Gahanna standby Gatsby's, 151 N. Hamilton Rd. There's a belly-up bar, tons of fun games, and a patio with a stage and cornhole set.

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Minnesota

Time TBA, Sept. 27

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The Big Ten season is already underway; don't wait any longer to watch a game at Patrick J's, 2711 N. High St. on the border between Clintonville and Campus. The neighborhood hangout offers $4 22-ounce mugs, refillable for $2 a pop and reusable week after week. And they've got a second happy hour from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Wisconsin

8 p.m. Oct. 4

Madison, Wisconsin

As football weather begins to makes its way into Columbus, you'll need the warmth and comfort of a cozy bar filled with old books. On Saturdays, in addition to dusty tomes, The Library, 2169 N. High St. on North Campus, offers well liquor for $1 and numerous domestic drafts (hell yeah, Natural Light!) for 99 cents.

Purdue

Time TBA, Oct. 11

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The best way to watch the Buckeyes pound the Boilermakers is to pound boilermakers yourself at Brothers Bar & Grill, 477 N. Park St. The Arena District club is hopping every Saturday, and game days will be no different.

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Michigan State

Time TBA, Oct. 18

East Lansing, Michigan

Those looking to take a breather - but not a break - during the middle of the season should check out the Knotty Pine Bar & Grill, 1765 W. Third Ave. The historic Grandview space has been completely remodeled and offers a wide range of cheap and gourmet food. Game days will include a raffle for Buckeye tickets.

Penn State

8 p.m. Oct. 25

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For the annual Homecoming game, any Campus hot spot will suffice. But your best bet is getting as close to home as possible. The Thirsty Scholar, 2201 Neil Ave., is the closest bar to Ohio Stadium. Crowd noise echoing several hundred feet away will soundtrack the onscreen action, and $1.50 domestic drafts will have you cheering as well.

Northwestern

Time TBA, Nov. 8

Evanston, Illinois

Nov. 8 may be too cold to enjoy the patio, but it certainly won't be too late to enjoy the happy-hour prices on day games at Byrne's Pub, 1248 W. Third Ave. in Grandview. History suggests the Wildcats will be a pushover, so in lieu of high drama, marvel at the technological wonder that is the Irish pub's big-screen HDTV.

Illinois

Time TBA, Nov. 15

Champaign, Illinois

While the Buckeyes are in Champaign, you might want to drink the Champagne of Beers. Certified purveyors of the High Life and other fine American lagers can be found at High Beck Tavern, 564 S. High St. On Saturday afternoons, the bar runs its normal happy-hour specials: $1.50 domestic bottles and $2 well drinks.

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Time TBA, Nov. 22

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If you can't be in the 'Shoe to see the bout with Maize and Blue, the Buckeye Bar, 2871 Olentangy River Rd., is a sure bet for solidarity. The country music-themed saloon formerly known as Nyoh's seems like a swell place to see the shootout between the Buckeyes and Wolverines - traditionally the high-noon duel to end all high-noon duels.