updated 11/3/2008 9:41:25 AM ET 2008-11-03T14:41:25

Hotels.com has booking abilities at more than 70,000 properties and helps users narrow down the selection by arranging deals according to interests—including college football. Teams face off in towns whose appeal goes beyond just football and that make affordable alternatives to a big-city vacation. We sifted through the hotels.com football offers and are highlighting our favorites below. Contact each hotel directly or hotels.com at 866/539-4456.

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Boulder, Colo., from $55 per room per night
The New West Inns is right across the street from the University of Colorado, so you could walk to a game. All rooms come with kitchenettes, and the hotel even has picnic areas with barbecue grills, so tailgating is a cinch (there's also an included continental breakfast daily). Rates start at $55 per room per night. See more hotels in Boulder here.

When: Ongoing.

Details: Does not include taxes of 11 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 303/443-7800, newwestinnsboulder.com.

Pigskin action and more: OK, OK, so other Big 12 teams are doing better than Colorado this year. But the Buffaloes' Folsom Field has stunning mountain views and a fun mascot, Ralphie the Buffalo. No costumes here—Ralphie's a real buffalo that runs around the field from time to time. Watch out!

Getting there:Boulder is about a half hour's drive from Denver. A recent Kayak search for early-November flights to Denver yielded these fares: $178 from Houston (Frontier), $187 from San Francisco (Frontier), $219 from St. Louis (United), and $346 from Minneapolis (United).

Coolest Small Towns: Manitou Springs, Colo.

Austin, Texas, from $70 per room per night
Of the hotels in Austin, we singled out the Super 8 Austin Downtown/Capital Area for its convenient location a half mile from the University of Texas and for its low nightly rate of $70 on football weekends. (At other times, it drops further to $44). Continental breakfast, free parking, and free wireless Internet are included.

When: Ongoing.

Details: Does not include taxes of 15 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 512/472-8331, super8.com.

Pigskin action and more: Want to see the highly ranked Texas Longhorns in action? Tickets are hard to come by, but if you manage to snag one, you'll get to check out the recently expanded stadium (now seating 94,113) and the aptly named Godzillatron. Austin is known for its quirky vibe and music scene; see the Convention & Visitors Bureau's Web site for more.

Getting there: A recent Kayak search for early-November flights to Austin yielded these fares: $209 from Kansas City, Mo. (Northwest), $251 from New Orleans (Continental), $267 from Albuquerque (Frontier), and $299 from New York City (JetBlue).

Austin: Still Weird After All These Years

South Bend, Ind., from $79 per room per night
Among the hotels listed on the South Bend page, the Comfort Inn & Suites won us over. It's located about three miles from the University of Notre Dame, and weekend rates start at $79 per room per night, including complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and an indoor pool.

When: Ongoing.

Details: Does not includes taxes of 12 percent. Based on double or single occupancy. Breakfast is included.

Contact 574/247-4000, comfortinn.com.

Pigskin action and more: The football tradition here is impressive: The Fighting Irish have more national championships than any other school (even if things have been a little rough lately). South Bend is an industrial town located along the St. Joseph River, and the fall foliage in this area is beautiful.

Getting there: A recent Kayak search for early-November flights to South Bend yielded these fares: $201 from Pittsburgh (Continental), $293 from Oklahoma City (Delta), $326 from Chicago (United), and $432 from Memphis (Continental).

Columbus, Ohio, from $99 per room per night
The Deer Creek Resort and Conference Center's Go Bucks! package includes accommodations, a large pizza, a pitcher of beer at Harding's Lounge, and an OSU blanket. You'll stay in a park-view room with a private balcony. The resort is in Deer Creek State Park, about a half hour outside of Columbus, where the Ohio State Buckeyes play.

When: Through Nov. 23, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 7 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Breakfast not included. Note that this package is available only through the resort, not through hotels.com.

Contact: 877/678-3337, visitdeercreek.com.

Pigskin action and more: The Buckeyes are perennial Bowl Championship Series favorites, and the team's stadium is on the National Register of Historic Places. Columbus itself has a burgeoning downtown and population.

Getting there: A recent Kayak search for early-November flights to Columbus yielded these fares: $139 from Chicago (United), $219 from Atlanta (US Airways), $277 from Louisville (United), and $285 from Boston (Delta).

Call in Sick: Columbus, Ohio

Los Angeles, Calif., from $106 per room per night
Hotel rates in L.A. don't come cheap. But after a little research, we found the Vagabond Inn Los Angeles (USC), about two blocks from the University of Southern California. Rates start at $106 per room per night, and breakfast is included. The rooms also have a fridge and a microwave, so you could save a little money on meals by preparing your own.

When: Ongoing.

Slideshow: City of Angels

Details: Does not include taxes of 14 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 213/746-1531, vagabondinn.com.

Pigskin action and more: The Trojans have been around since 1888 and have produced tons of elite NFL stars (Reggie Bush, Marcus Allen, and Carson Palmer to name a few). Memorial Coliseum, USC's football arena, has been home to the Trojans since 1923 and has hosted two olympiads.

Getting there: A recent Kayak search for early-November flights to L.A. yielded these fares: $159 from Las Vegas, $169 from Seattle (Virgin America), $239 from Denver (Frontier), and $283 from Nashville (Frontier).

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