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The best sports bars in Washington D.C. for SEC football

The best sports bars in Washington D.C. for SEC football

College football is fast approaching, and it's important to establish your gameday spot — and a seat at the bar — early. At NBC Sports Washington, we've compiled the best bars and restaurants to watch the Capitals' rock the red, the beautiful game, and where to hit March-October around Nationals Park and Camden Yards too. For now, here's to looking at you, SEC!

The University of Alabama

  • Willie's Brew and Que: 300 Tingey Street SE

Willie's has hosted many official Alabama Alumni events with the D.C. chapter and is just steps from Nats Park for those looking to have the sportiest day possible and catch some baseball as well. Willie's has recently found themselves under new management, but retain an Alabama Slammer on their drinks menu. Cheers! 

  • Union Pub: 201 Massachusetts Avenue NE

Union Pub claims official Crimson Tide HQ for all 'Bama fans far from home. All weekend long, UP rocks $12-15 beer bucket deals, perfect for overtime.

The University of Georgia

  • Public Bar Live: 1214 18th Street NW

Dawgs fans LOVE Public Bar in Dupont. They were temporarily closed and added a live music venue to their space, but will still serve as home to everything UGA in the District.

Auburn University

  • Johnny Pistolas: 2333 18th Street NW

Johnny P's in the heart of Adams Morgan is officially listed on the Auburn Alumni Association's website as their game watch location inside D.C. proper. With an extensive taco and brunch menu, Tigers gameday eats are guaranteed to be amazing.

The University of Florida

  • Lou's City Bar: 1400 Irving Street NW

With 24 beers on tap, 23 flat screens and a huge projector, you won't miss a single Gator down at Lou's. For the DC Gator Club, they run happy hour deals all game long.

Louisiana State University

  • Rhodeside Grill: 1836 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA

Unfortunately, you won't find much organized "Geaux" chants in the District, but if you hop just outside, the official LSU Alumni DC chapter will welcome you. They enthusiastically throw events for many Tigers sporting events and host a rowdy crowd at Rhodeside.

University of Mississippi

  • Penn Quarter Sports Tavern: 639 Indiana Avenue NW

Most commonly called home by Capitals fans, the DC Ole Miss Alumni Association throws down at PQST on game days. Be sure to take advantage of their great brunch deals from 11 a.m. - 2 pm. before kickoff! 

University of Tennessee 

  • Blackfinn Ameripub: 16120 I St. NW

There are only a handful of official Vols gathering places outside Tennessee, but luckily, Blackfinn has you covered in the District. Orange and White gamedays would be incomplete without bottomless mimosas (consider them made of Orange and White) until 3 p.m.

University of Kentucky

  • Town Tavern: 2323 18th Street NW

A nightlife staple in Adams Morgan, Town Tavern offers Big Blue Nation, as well as members of the DC UK Alumni group, gameday specials like $4 Bud and Bud Light bottles, $7 burger baskets and $14 Bud Light pitchers.

Don't see your team here? Check out our list of the best sports bars in D.C. Someone has to have your game on! 

Georgetown loses local 2020 four-star recruit as Terrance Williams decommits

Georgetown loses local 2020 four-star recruit as Terrance Williams decommits

Gonzaga College High School senior forward Terrance Williams has opened his recruitment after decommitting from Georgetown on Thursday.

In a post on his Twitter account, Williams says "[a]fter consultation with my family and coach, I have made the decision to reopen my college recruitment. I thank Coach (Patrick) Ewing, the Georgetown Univesity coaching staff, and the great Hoya fans for their interest and support. I wish the team all the best for the remainder of the season and beyond."

Williams, a four-star recruit, was one of the top commitments in the Ewing era as head coach. The 6-6 power forward was ranked 78th overall in the 2020 class and 15th for his position according to ESPN. More notably, he is one of the top five players out of his class from the D.C. area. His commitment to Georgetown represented a great local grab and a return to fostering the talent within the DMV.

Williams did not sign a letter of intent to attend Georgetown earlier this fall for the early signing period, despite committing to the program in July.

Before his commitment, Notre Dame, George Washington, Towson, George Mason, Long Beach State, Michigan, DePaul, N.C. State, South Carolina, Stanford, and Virginia had shown interest according to Verbal Commits

Williams' decommitment comes in wake of players facing legal issues and two players leaving the program altogether. Only three days separate Williams' decision and the announcement from the team. The reason for starting point guard James Akinjo leaving the Hoyas is still unknown. 

Georgetown still faces uncertainty as they figure how to navigate the next several months of the season. As for now, it has resulted in three players leaving the program. 

ACC Championship Preview: Do the Cavaliers stand a chance against mighty Clemson?

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ACC Championship Preview: Do the Cavaliers stand a chance against mighty Clemson?

For the first time ever, the Virginia Cavaliers are ACC Coastal Champions and will look to win their first conference championship since splitting the ACC with Florida State in 1995. To do it, however, the Cavaliers will have to go through the defending national champions and four-time defending conference champion Clemson Tigers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC.

Here's what you need to know.

Clemson and Virginia last met in 2013

Despite being in the same conference, these two teams virtually never play one another. Aren't divisions fun? I could tell you what happened in that game, but it doesn't matter. Bronco Mendenhall was not the coach of the Cavaliers and none of the players are the same.

Both teams are coming off rivalry wins

Clemson dispatched South Carolina with ease in a 38-3 victory last week. That was the Tigers' sixth straight win by at least 35 points. Virginia, meanwhile, snapped a 15-game losing streak to Virginia Tech in a 39-30 win in Charlottesville. For Clemson, it was business as usual, but it will be interesting to see how the Cavaliers look after such an emotional victory over a heated rival.

Clemson has not lost a game in almost two years

When was the last time Clemson has lost, you ask? You have to go back a long way. The Tigers went a perfect 12-0 this season and 15-0 last season with a full schedule, an ACC championship and two playoff games. To find their last loss, you have to go all the way back to Jan. 1, 2018. The Tigers lost in the College Football Playoff semifinal to the eventual champion Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. That's a streak of 27 straight games without a loss.

Clemson is a juggernaut

You haven't heard much about Clemson this season which is unusual for an undefeated defending national champion. But while LSU and Ohio State were stealing all the headlines, Clemson was quietly going about its business and dismantling its ACC schedule.

The Tigers rank 4th in the nation in scoring offense (45.3 points per game), 10th in rushing offense (256.4 yards per game), 25th in passing offense (285.3 yards per game), 3rd in total offense (541.8), 1st in scoring defense (10.1 points allowed per game), 11th in rushing defense (106.3 yards allowed per game), 1st in passing defense (126.5 yards allowed per game) and 2nd in total defense (232.3 yards allowed per game).

Again, all of those rankings are national and each is higher than Virginia.

Virginia is Clemson's first ranked opponent since Sept. 7

Before you despair over how good the Tigers have been this season, consider that they have not been tested all that much either. The last ranked opponent Clemson faced was Texas A&M on Sept. 7. The Aggies finished the season unranked with a 7-5 record. There is no question that UVA has had a tougher schedule.

The Cavaliers also boast the same number of wins against ranked opponents, one. Virginia Tech was ranked No. 24 when they came to Charlottesville last week.

Perkins is the top offensive player in the ACC

Most of the focus going into this game will likely be on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence who remains undefeated in his college career. Virginia quarterback Bryce Perkins, however, has actually been the bigger weapon this season.

Perkins has more passing yards on the season with 2,949 than Lawrence does with 2,870. Perkins is also a bigger running threat with 687 rushing yards. In total, Perkins is the top offensive player in the conference and ranks 13th nationally averaging 303 yards per game. Yes, context matters and there have been plenty of games in which Lawrence has not had to air out the ball or even play the full 60 minutes. The point is that not all of the top playmakers in this game will be wearing a paw-print helmet.

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