Bird dog seems to have it all:
-Great location - perfect for a college town and always something going on on game days. -Great, reasonably priced food with a large drink selection. -Great atmosphere. My only complaint is sometimes the service is rushed but that's when it's really busy (which seems to be happening more and more since the Bird Dog opened).
I love their food ... it's like a step up from regular bar food without being too sophisticated. If you want sophistication, the Oread Hotel offers that in their Five 21 restaurant. If you want to have a good time, watch the game, and not break the bank - stay down in the Bird Dog.
They have some awesome pretzels, great meaty wings, and loaded chicken nachos to start. I love their chopped salad with prosciutto or their Garlic Herb Chicken sandwich. You can also order a pizza from the Slice of History Restaurant which is fun for game day grub.
Beware of the parking -- it's hard to find a place to park around that neighborhood. They do have valet in a garage connected to the bar. If you decide to park around the hotel, make sure you aren't going to get towed or get stuck walking up a steep hill.