Burger of Champions? Culver's could be perfect winning meal

Burger of Champions? Culver's could be perfect winning meal
October 3, 2012, 9:00 pm
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Nothing goes better in college football with an upset win than a good ol' fashioned cheeseburger, or at least that's how Oregon State feels.
The No. 14 Beavers, one of college football's biggest surprises this season, have celebrated each of their past two road wins (at UCLA and at Arizona) with stops at In-N-Out Burger, a burger restaurant chain based out of Irvine, Calif.
And as the Wall Street Journal points out, the stops were easy to make for OSU. UCLA's home stadium, The Rose Bowl, was just 4.7 miles from the nearest In-N-Out Burger. And Arizona Stadium was just three miles away, making travel easy.
But what if the Big Ten wanted to celebrate with burgers? When thinking Midwest burger chains, Culver's comes to mind. Of the 424 franchise locations, 346 (81.6 percent) are located in Big Ten country, including 124 in Wisconsin alone. Illinois (82), Minnesota (52), Iowa (27), Michigan (27), Indiana (25) and Nebraska (9) are also well-represented.
Despite the locations in Wisconsin, the Illinois Fighting Illini have a Culver's location just 1.3 miles from Memorial Stadium in Champaign, the closest in the Big Ten. Iowa (1.9 miles), Michigan State (3.4) and Wisconsin (3.5) are next closest, while team buses won't have to travel far after road games in Minnesota (4.6 miles), Nebraska (4.8), Purdue (4.9), Michigan (5.8) and Northwestern (7.3). Ohio Stadium in Columbus isn't bad, either, with a ButterBurger just 10.7 miles away.
With 25 locations in Indiana, opponents may be upset to learn that the closest Culver's is more than 35 miles away in Columbus, Ind.
Opponents of Penn State will likely want to wait until they fly back home to pick up their frozen custard. There are Culver's in 17 different states, but the Eastern-most location is in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, 312 miles from Happy Valley.
The Big Ten champion can also celebrate with Culver's, as a location sits just nine miles away from Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Rose Bowl participant would have to travel 332 miles to Arizona to find the Western-most Culver's location.
Should any Big Ten team find themselves fortunate enough to play in this year's BCS National Championship game in Miami Gardens, Fla., it's a 716-mile hike to the nearest Culver's, located in Greenville, S.C.