College football fans have it rough.
The regular season of their favorite sport lasts just three short months, followed by a month of postseason matchups of ranging watchability. It's like the sports version of those people who do intermittent fasting and only eat during six-hour windows throughout the day.
At this point in the year, we're basically starving. Summer should be fun — a time to spend outdoors with friends and family, but that's hard to do when your calorie deprived, metaphorically speaking.
So what can you, the Ohio State football fan, do to get you through the dog days of summer?
This list would've been easier to make five years ago, when EA Sports was still making its NCAA Football game. Getting a quick football fix was as easy as switching on the ole' PS3 and playing a full season in about three days.
Since that's no longer an option (unless you're about the life of playing five-year old video games), here's what you can do to keep yourself busy until Ohio State faces off against FAU on August 31.
Don't Tweet @ the Teens
Sure it's strange to start a checklist with something you shouldn't do, but this is my world and I prefer a lawless void that has no boundaries.
With no action on the field, most college football fans turn their attention to the recruiting world. After some big news breaks or a priority Buckeye target tweets something out, you may feel compelled to reply directly to the teen.
Do not do that thing.
Well wishes are fine and all, but more often than not, fans do more harm than good when they hop in the mentions of a teen. Most of these kids can't even buy a lottery ticket yet. Why would you even want to talk with someone like that?
Plan a Trip to Columbus for a Game
This one is for us non-student, non-season ticket holders, and in particular, out-of-towners.
If you're unlucky enough to live outside the confines of Columbus like me, it's cool to get a group together to pick a game and plan a voyage to Ohio Stadium. Map out the whole day, or even better, make it a whole weekend and flesh out all the details.
What would you want to do as a group while you're inside Columbus? Visit old stomping grounds? Check out new sites (I hear that TopGolf facility is a good time for golfers and non-golfers alike)? Check into old and new restaurants?
Find Yourself Some Obscure YouTube Clips
It's easy to kill some time going down a rabbit hole on YouTube. Sure, you can rewatch full Ohio State football games there, but your DVR is most likely loaded with your favorite oldies anyway.
But YouTube is home to literally thousands of insane college football moments. Y'all remember when Central Michigan beat Oklahoma State in its own stadium via a last-second Hail Mary / lateral combination?
I didn't until I stumbled on this clip during my lunch break. It's fun and hilarious to relive these things.
What are some things you do to get through the offseason? Let's help each other and drop some suggestions in the comments section.