Where to Watch College Football on the South Strand

The reality has hit home for recent grads and new alums. First, inexpensive football tickets, if they ever were, are a thing of the past. Second, if you've moved out of state, prepare yourself. There's a different king of the hill on Saturdays. Third, and perhaps even more disconcerting, no matter how good your team is, was or will be, you may be the lone fan.

The Home Teams

Welcome to Myrtle Beach and the South Strand, which extends from Myrtle Beach south through Pawleys Island. Take a look around. Here, you're either in Gamecock or Tiger country. In other words, it's either University of South Carolina or Clemson. You may -- note the may -- be able to catch a Coastal Carolina game locally, but the rest, good luck.

The Home Bars

Dagwood's Deli and Sports Bar in Surfside Beach has more than 60 televisions, so you're bound to find your team on one of them. While there, treat yourself to chicken wings -- Dagwood's is famous for them -- or other food and drink. With more than 40 screens, including 10 at private tables, King Street Grille in Murrells Inlet runs a close second.

Mountaineers Play Here

When West Virginia takes the field, the lights go on at the Sundown Restaurant and Sports Pub in Surfside Beach. Get there early to claim your space; you'd be surprised how many people with ties to West Virginia University have found their way here. There's a full menu, including chicken, rib-eye steaks and seafood.

Place for Penn State

The Nittany Lions play locally at Milardo's Pizzeria and Sports Pub in Murrells Inlet. The restaurant was the host to the new group last season and already is making plans for this year. While watching the game, nosh on bar fare or one of the other specialties at Milardo's, including grinders, soups, Italian fare and seafood.

A.E. Crone is a freelance writer living near Myrtle Beach, S.C. She has written and edited for a number of newspapers and magazines.