Ready for New Year's? Where to Watch the Game

Five places to watch your favorite teams toss the pigskin.

It's the end of 2011 and another football season for college teams, plus a few NFL games to watch, too. We've got the scoop on what you need to know to cheer on your team, including these places open on New Year's Day, so you can catch the Lions take on the Packers at 1 p.m.

Aubree's Pizzeria & Tavern

20420 Haggerty Road, Northville
Aubree's Pizzeria & Tavern has all the foods you'd want on a game day, from wings and potato skins to pizza and burgers. Plus, there's beer and TV screens to watch all the action. On Jan. 1 they'll be open 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Brann's Steakhouse & Grille

39715 Six Mile Road, Northville
Brann's will be open its regular hours New Year's Day, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., serving up burgers, steaks, ribs and other treats. The Northville site has plenty of flat-screen TVs so you won't miss any game action.

Buffalo Wild Wings

44375 W. 12 Mile Road, Novi
They've got wings and things, and "B-Dub" will be open normal hours, so you've plenty of time to watch the game on the big screens and put off any resolutions you may be considering until Jan. 2. (But wait, there are games that day, too ...)

Library Pub

42100 Grand River Ave., Novi
Check out the Library Pub, open New Year's Day from noon-2 a.m., with appetizers such as Mushroom Caps, Calamari, Marv's Marvelous Steak Bites, plus soups, salads, steak, pasta and more, as well as 40 large-screen TVs, a full bar, and free Wi-Fi for the Fantasy Footballer crowd (or for those who simply must stay connected).

Starting Gate

135 N. Center, Northville
Starting Gate will be open later in the day, 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Stop in for a beer, some ribs or pizza, and tune in to something on the TV.

Also open is Buckministers, 102 E. Main St, Northville, 248-924-3317, from 1:30-5 p.m., perfect to stop in for a pint in an English pub atmosphere.

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Order a beer or pop, wherever you may end up, grab a bite and cheer on your favorite teams.

And, of course we'd be remiss without mentioning the action that's coming up in the world of football:

Who: Michigan teams

  • Spartans: The 12th-ranked Michigan State University Spartans (10-3, 7-1 Big Ten) will play No. 18 Georgia (10-3, 7-1 SEC) in the 26th annual Outback Bowl on Jan. 2 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
  • Wolverines: No. 13 University of Michigan (10-2, 6-2 Big 10) will face 17th-ranked Virginia Tech (11-2, 7-2 ACC) in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3 game at the Superdome in New Orleans.

What: The rest of the games

  • Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Noon Dec. 30, ESPN, BYU vs. Tulsa
  • New Era Pinstripe Bowl: 3:20 p.m. Dec. 30, ESPN, Rutgers vs. Iowa State
  • Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: 6:40 p.m. Dec. 30, ESPN, Mississippi State vs. Wake Forest
  • Insight Bowl: 10 p.m. Dec. 30, ESPN, Iowa vs. (14) Oklahoma
  • Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl: Noon Dec. 31, ESPN, Texas A&M vs. Northwestern
  • Hyundai Sun Bowl: 2 p.m. Dec. 31, CBS, Georgia Tech vs. Utah
  • AutoZone Liberty Bowl: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 31, ABC, Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt
  • Kraft Fight Hunger: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 31, ESPN, Illinois vs. UCLA
  • Chick-fil-A Bowl: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31, ESPN, Virginia vs. (25) Auburn
  • TicketCity Bowl: Noon Jan. 2, ESPNU, (19) Houston vs. (22) Penn State
  • Outback Bowl: 1 p.m. Jan. 2, ABC, (17) Michigan State vs. (16) Georgia
  • Capital One Bowl: 1 p.m. Jan. 2, ESPN, (20) Nebraska vs. (9) South Carolina
  • Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl: 1 p.m. Jan. 2, ESPN2, Ohio State vs. Florida
  • Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio: 5 p.m. Jan. 2, ESPN, (10) Wisconsin vs. (5) Oregon
  • Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: 8:30 p.m. Jan. 2, ESPN, (4) Stanford vs. (3) Oklahoma State
  • Allstate Sugar Bowl: 8:30 p.m. Jan. 3, ESPN, (13) Michigan vs. (11) Virginia Tech
  • Discover Orange Bowl: 8:30 p.m. Jan. 4, ESPN, (23) West Virginia vs. (15) Clemson
  • AT&T Cotton Bowl: 8 p.m. Jan. 6, FOX, (8) Kansas State vs. (6) Arkansas
  • BBVA Compass Bowl: 1 p.m. Jan. 7, ESPN, SMU vs. Pittsburgh
  • GoDaddy.com Bowl: 9 p.m. Jan. 8, ESPN, Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois
  • Allstate BCS National Championship Game: 8:30 p.m. Jan. 9, ESPN, (1) LSU vs. (2) Alabama


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