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What Is the Top College for Tailgating? Take Our Survey

What Is the Top College for Tailgating? Take Our Survey

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Which college is the best for tailgating? It’s time to show your school spirit and rep your school proudly. We’ve rounded up 75 plus colleges suggested by our editors and readers, and we need your help to rank them.

Take The Daily Meal’s Survey for the 25 Best Colleges for Tailgating

For our previous lists of the best colleges for tailgating — published in 2013 and 2014— we relied upon your opinions. Last year, there was a battle between the Southeastern and Northeastern regions of the country, but in the end, the Northeast won most of the spots on our top 25 list. However, Louisiana State University took the top spot by serving up Creole classics like steamy bowls of gumbo and fresh-boiled crawfish.

This year, we’re mixing things by adding a few more universities to the list, such as East Carolina University and Prairie View A&M University. We diversified our list because we noticed that our list consisted predominantly of nationally recognized Division 1 schools. The population of a school is not the determining factor — it’s about the traditions, food staples, fan engagement, and overall experience.

Take a look at last year’s list and help us shake up our ranking. This is a new year, with new schools and new traditions. We can’t wait to see who comes out on top.


Top 5 College Football Tailgates: Southeastern Conference

Here comes college bowl season. So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football&mdashand tailgating&mdashvery seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference. Read more >

Here comes college football&aposs bowl season.

So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football𠅊nd tailgating—very seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference.

Just look out for life-size Jell-O molds of Alabama coach Nick Saban&aposs head.

The University of Alabama
Alabama has loyal tailgaters, like the Campus Veterans Association, which sets up a weekly party for people in the military, with supplies of food, beer and cornhole. But the Crimson Tide has some competition in the tailgating department, especially from rival Louisiana State University, which they recently beat. In UA&aposs campus paper The Crimson White, UA alumnus Tyler Cummings said: “&aposBama tailgates lean toward barbecue, burgers, hot dogs and sausages—I suppose more of the typical game-day cuisine. Even as a &aposBama alumnus, I&aposd have to say LSU has &aposBama beat hands down on the food at tailgates.”

Auburn University
Auburn residents who are devoted to the team but not so handy in the kitchen can contact the Tailgate Guys, a company dedicated to the art of tailgates. They&aposll set up all the equipment—tents, tables, coolers full of ice, beer koozies and even televisions𠅏or groups of up to 60 people they&aposll also clean up afterward. Customers can either pack their own food, or hire one of the Tailgate Guys caterers: Tailgate Chef, Chick-fil-A, Tiger Catering or Country&aposs Barbecue.

University of Missouri
Mizzou tailgaters can plan their tailgate while supporting the school&aposs College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The Mizzou Meat Market (nice name!) sells signature Tiger Tail brats and Tiger Tail burgers (both smartly striped with cheese) in addition to a huge variety of pork, beef, lamb and goat. Wine drinkers can pick up Mizzou Cellars Wine, made by local Missouri winemakers in collaboration with the school&aposs Grape and Wine Institute.

Texas A&M University
In its September/October 2013 issue, Tailgater Monthly named Texas A&M the No. 1 tailgating college of 2013. No surprise: The school&aposs College of Agriculture and Life Science has a Meat Science program, which offers coursework in meat science, meat selection and grading, food safety and more. The school&aposs Texas Barbecue website is a comprehensive barbecue guide, from rub recipes to scientific explanations of why brisket and pork butt barbecue are so popular (it&aposs all about the collagen in the muscle fibers).

The University of South Carolina
Gamecocks fans Chris and Kathy Fulmer recently won the 2013 National Collegiate Tailgating Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. There are competitions in dozens of categories: barbecue, drinks, clothing, pet clothing(!), jewelry, pet games, home brew, etc. The Fulmers won in 25 categories, spanning food, memorabilia and equipment. They operate Ultimate Tailgaters BBQ in Aiken, South Carolina, and they&aposll cater game-day events with beef brisket, pulled pork, spareribs, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding and more. All this makes me think I need to become a South Carolina fan.


Top 5 College Football Tailgates: Southeastern Conference

Here comes college bowl season. So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football&mdashand tailgating&mdashvery seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference. Read more >

Here comes college football&aposs bowl season.

So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football𠅊nd tailgating—very seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference.

Just look out for life-size Jell-O molds of Alabama coach Nick Saban&aposs head.

The University of Alabama
Alabama has loyal tailgaters, like the Campus Veterans Association, which sets up a weekly party for people in the military, with supplies of food, beer and cornhole. But the Crimson Tide has some competition in the tailgating department, especially from rival Louisiana State University, which they recently beat. In UA&aposs campus paper The Crimson White, UA alumnus Tyler Cummings said: “&aposBama tailgates lean toward barbecue, burgers, hot dogs and sausages—I suppose more of the typical game-day cuisine. Even as a &aposBama alumnus, I&aposd have to say LSU has &aposBama beat hands down on the food at tailgates.”

Auburn University
Auburn residents who are devoted to the team but not so handy in the kitchen can contact the Tailgate Guys, a company dedicated to the art of tailgates. They&aposll set up all the equipment—tents, tables, coolers full of ice, beer koozies and even televisions𠅏or groups of up to 60 people they&aposll also clean up afterward. Customers can either pack their own food, or hire one of the Tailgate Guys caterers: Tailgate Chef, Chick-fil-A, Tiger Catering or Country&aposs Barbecue.

University of Missouri
Mizzou tailgaters can plan their tailgate while supporting the school&aposs College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The Mizzou Meat Market (nice name!) sells signature Tiger Tail brats and Tiger Tail burgers (both smartly striped with cheese) in addition to a huge variety of pork, beef, lamb and goat. Wine drinkers can pick up Mizzou Cellars Wine, made by local Missouri winemakers in collaboration with the school&aposs Grape and Wine Institute.

Texas A&M University
In its September/October 2013 issue, Tailgater Monthly named Texas A&M the No. 1 tailgating college of 2013. No surprise: The school&aposs College of Agriculture and Life Science has a Meat Science program, which offers coursework in meat science, meat selection and grading, food safety and more. The school&aposs Texas Barbecue website is a comprehensive barbecue guide, from rub recipes to scientific explanations of why brisket and pork butt barbecue are so popular (it&aposs all about the collagen in the muscle fibers).

The University of South Carolina
Gamecocks fans Chris and Kathy Fulmer recently won the 2013 National Collegiate Tailgating Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. There are competitions in dozens of categories: barbecue, drinks, clothing, pet clothing(!), jewelry, pet games, home brew, etc. The Fulmers won in 25 categories, spanning food, memorabilia and equipment. They operate Ultimate Tailgaters BBQ in Aiken, South Carolina, and they&aposll cater game-day events with beef brisket, pulled pork, spareribs, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding and more. All this makes me think I need to become a South Carolina fan.


Top 5 College Football Tailgates: Southeastern Conference

Here comes college bowl season. So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football&mdashand tailgating&mdashvery seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference. Read more >

Here comes college football&aposs bowl season.

So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football𠅊nd tailgating—very seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference.

Just look out for life-size Jell-O molds of Alabama coach Nick Saban&aposs head.

The University of Alabama
Alabama has loyal tailgaters, like the Campus Veterans Association, which sets up a weekly party for people in the military, with supplies of food, beer and cornhole. But the Crimson Tide has some competition in the tailgating department, especially from rival Louisiana State University, which they recently beat. In UA&aposs campus paper The Crimson White, UA alumnus Tyler Cummings said: “&aposBama tailgates lean toward barbecue, burgers, hot dogs and sausages—I suppose more of the typical game-day cuisine. Even as a &aposBama alumnus, I&aposd have to say LSU has &aposBama beat hands down on the food at tailgates.”

Auburn University
Auburn residents who are devoted to the team but not so handy in the kitchen can contact the Tailgate Guys, a company dedicated to the art of tailgates. They&aposll set up all the equipment—tents, tables, coolers full of ice, beer koozies and even televisions𠅏or groups of up to 60 people they&aposll also clean up afterward. Customers can either pack their own food, or hire one of the Tailgate Guys caterers: Tailgate Chef, Chick-fil-A, Tiger Catering or Country&aposs Barbecue.

University of Missouri
Mizzou tailgaters can plan their tailgate while supporting the school&aposs College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The Mizzou Meat Market (nice name!) sells signature Tiger Tail brats and Tiger Tail burgers (both smartly striped with cheese) in addition to a huge variety of pork, beef, lamb and goat. Wine drinkers can pick up Mizzou Cellars Wine, made by local Missouri winemakers in collaboration with the school&aposs Grape and Wine Institute.

Texas A&M University
In its September/October 2013 issue, Tailgater Monthly named Texas A&M the No. 1 tailgating college of 2013. No surprise: The school&aposs College of Agriculture and Life Science has a Meat Science program, which offers coursework in meat science, meat selection and grading, food safety and more. The school&aposs Texas Barbecue website is a comprehensive barbecue guide, from rub recipes to scientific explanations of why brisket and pork butt barbecue are so popular (it&aposs all about the collagen in the muscle fibers).

The University of South Carolina
Gamecocks fans Chris and Kathy Fulmer recently won the 2013 National Collegiate Tailgating Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. There are competitions in dozens of categories: barbecue, drinks, clothing, pet clothing(!), jewelry, pet games, home brew, etc. The Fulmers won in 25 categories, spanning food, memorabilia and equipment. They operate Ultimate Tailgaters BBQ in Aiken, South Carolina, and they&aposll cater game-day events with beef brisket, pulled pork, spareribs, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding and more. All this makes me think I need to become a South Carolina fan.


Top 5 College Football Tailgates: Southeastern Conference

Here comes college bowl season. So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football&mdashand tailgating&mdashvery seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference. Read more >

Here comes college football&aposs bowl season.

So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football𠅊nd tailgating—very seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference.

Just look out for life-size Jell-O molds of Alabama coach Nick Saban&aposs head.

The University of Alabama
Alabama has loyal tailgaters, like the Campus Veterans Association, which sets up a weekly party for people in the military, with supplies of food, beer and cornhole. But the Crimson Tide has some competition in the tailgating department, especially from rival Louisiana State University, which they recently beat. In UA&aposs campus paper The Crimson White, UA alumnus Tyler Cummings said: “&aposBama tailgates lean toward barbecue, burgers, hot dogs and sausages—I suppose more of the typical game-day cuisine. Even as a &aposBama alumnus, I&aposd have to say LSU has &aposBama beat hands down on the food at tailgates.”

Auburn University
Auburn residents who are devoted to the team but not so handy in the kitchen can contact the Tailgate Guys, a company dedicated to the art of tailgates. They&aposll set up all the equipment—tents, tables, coolers full of ice, beer koozies and even televisions𠅏or groups of up to 60 people they&aposll also clean up afterward. Customers can either pack their own food, or hire one of the Tailgate Guys caterers: Tailgate Chef, Chick-fil-A, Tiger Catering or Country&aposs Barbecue.

University of Missouri
Mizzou tailgaters can plan their tailgate while supporting the school&aposs College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The Mizzou Meat Market (nice name!) sells signature Tiger Tail brats and Tiger Tail burgers (both smartly striped with cheese) in addition to a huge variety of pork, beef, lamb and goat. Wine drinkers can pick up Mizzou Cellars Wine, made by local Missouri winemakers in collaboration with the school&aposs Grape and Wine Institute.

Texas A&M University
In its September/October 2013 issue, Tailgater Monthly named Texas A&M the No. 1 tailgating college of 2013. No surprise: The school&aposs College of Agriculture and Life Science has a Meat Science program, which offers coursework in meat science, meat selection and grading, food safety and more. The school&aposs Texas Barbecue website is a comprehensive barbecue guide, from rub recipes to scientific explanations of why brisket and pork butt barbecue are so popular (it&aposs all about the collagen in the muscle fibers).

The University of South Carolina
Gamecocks fans Chris and Kathy Fulmer recently won the 2013 National Collegiate Tailgating Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. There are competitions in dozens of categories: barbecue, drinks, clothing, pet clothing(!), jewelry, pet games, home brew, etc. The Fulmers won in 25 categories, spanning food, memorabilia and equipment. They operate Ultimate Tailgaters BBQ in Aiken, South Carolina, and they&aposll cater game-day events with beef brisket, pulled pork, spareribs, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding and more. All this makes me think I need to become a South Carolina fan.


Top 5 College Football Tailgates: Southeastern Conference

Here comes college bowl season. So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football&mdashand tailgating&mdashvery seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference. Read more >

Here comes college football&aposs bowl season.

So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football𠅊nd tailgating—very seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference.

Just look out for life-size Jell-O molds of Alabama coach Nick Saban&aposs head.

The University of Alabama
Alabama has loyal tailgaters, like the Campus Veterans Association, which sets up a weekly party for people in the military, with supplies of food, beer and cornhole. But the Crimson Tide has some competition in the tailgating department, especially from rival Louisiana State University, which they recently beat. In UA&aposs campus paper The Crimson White, UA alumnus Tyler Cummings said: “&aposBama tailgates lean toward barbecue, burgers, hot dogs and sausages—I suppose more of the typical game-day cuisine. Even as a &aposBama alumnus, I&aposd have to say LSU has &aposBama beat hands down on the food at tailgates.”

Auburn University
Auburn residents who are devoted to the team but not so handy in the kitchen can contact the Tailgate Guys, a company dedicated to the art of tailgates. They&aposll set up all the equipment—tents, tables, coolers full of ice, beer koozies and even televisions𠅏or groups of up to 60 people they&aposll also clean up afterward. Customers can either pack their own food, or hire one of the Tailgate Guys caterers: Tailgate Chef, Chick-fil-A, Tiger Catering or Country&aposs Barbecue.

University of Missouri
Mizzou tailgaters can plan their tailgate while supporting the school&aposs College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The Mizzou Meat Market (nice name!) sells signature Tiger Tail brats and Tiger Tail burgers (both smartly striped with cheese) in addition to a huge variety of pork, beef, lamb and goat. Wine drinkers can pick up Mizzou Cellars Wine, made by local Missouri winemakers in collaboration with the school&aposs Grape and Wine Institute.

Texas A&M University
In its September/October 2013 issue, Tailgater Monthly named Texas A&M the No. 1 tailgating college of 2013. No surprise: The school&aposs College of Agriculture and Life Science has a Meat Science program, which offers coursework in meat science, meat selection and grading, food safety and more. The school&aposs Texas Barbecue website is a comprehensive barbecue guide, from rub recipes to scientific explanations of why brisket and pork butt barbecue are so popular (it&aposs all about the collagen in the muscle fibers).

The University of South Carolina
Gamecocks fans Chris and Kathy Fulmer recently won the 2013 National Collegiate Tailgating Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. There are competitions in dozens of categories: barbecue, drinks, clothing, pet clothing(!), jewelry, pet games, home brew, etc. The Fulmers won in 25 categories, spanning food, memorabilia and equipment. They operate Ultimate Tailgaters BBQ in Aiken, South Carolina, and they&aposll cater game-day events with beef brisket, pulled pork, spareribs, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding and more. All this makes me think I need to become a South Carolina fan.


Top 5 College Football Tailgates: Southeastern Conference

Here comes college bowl season. So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football&mdashand tailgating&mdashvery seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference. Read more >

Here comes college football&aposs bowl season.

So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football𠅊nd tailgating—very seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference.

Just look out for life-size Jell-O molds of Alabama coach Nick Saban&aposs head.

The University of Alabama
Alabama has loyal tailgaters, like the Campus Veterans Association, which sets up a weekly party for people in the military, with supplies of food, beer and cornhole. But the Crimson Tide has some competition in the tailgating department, especially from rival Louisiana State University, which they recently beat. In UA&aposs campus paper The Crimson White, UA alumnus Tyler Cummings said: “&aposBama tailgates lean toward barbecue, burgers, hot dogs and sausages—I suppose more of the typical game-day cuisine. Even as a &aposBama alumnus, I&aposd have to say LSU has &aposBama beat hands down on the food at tailgates.”

Auburn University
Auburn residents who are devoted to the team but not so handy in the kitchen can contact the Tailgate Guys, a company dedicated to the art of tailgates. They&aposll set up all the equipment—tents, tables, coolers full of ice, beer koozies and even televisions𠅏or groups of up to 60 people they&aposll also clean up afterward. Customers can either pack their own food, or hire one of the Tailgate Guys caterers: Tailgate Chef, Chick-fil-A, Tiger Catering or Country&aposs Barbecue.

University of Missouri
Mizzou tailgaters can plan their tailgate while supporting the school&aposs College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The Mizzou Meat Market (nice name!) sells signature Tiger Tail brats and Tiger Tail burgers (both smartly striped with cheese) in addition to a huge variety of pork, beef, lamb and goat. Wine drinkers can pick up Mizzou Cellars Wine, made by local Missouri winemakers in collaboration with the school&aposs Grape and Wine Institute.

Texas A&M University
In its September/October 2013 issue, Tailgater Monthly named Texas A&M the No. 1 tailgating college of 2013. No surprise: The school&aposs College of Agriculture and Life Science has a Meat Science program, which offers coursework in meat science, meat selection and grading, food safety and more. The school&aposs Texas Barbecue website is a comprehensive barbecue guide, from rub recipes to scientific explanations of why brisket and pork butt barbecue are so popular (it&aposs all about the collagen in the muscle fibers).

The University of South Carolina
Gamecocks fans Chris and Kathy Fulmer recently won the 2013 National Collegiate Tailgating Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. There are competitions in dozens of categories: barbecue, drinks, clothing, pet clothing(!), jewelry, pet games, home brew, etc. The Fulmers won in 25 categories, spanning food, memorabilia and equipment. They operate Ultimate Tailgaters BBQ in Aiken, South Carolina, and they&aposll cater game-day events with beef brisket, pulled pork, spareribs, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding and more. All this makes me think I need to become a South Carolina fan.


Top 5 College Football Tailgates: Southeastern Conference

Here comes college bowl season. So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football&mdashand tailgating&mdashvery seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference. Read more >

Here comes college football&aposs bowl season.

So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football𠅊nd tailgating—very seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference.

Just look out for life-size Jell-O molds of Alabama coach Nick Saban&aposs head.

The University of Alabama
Alabama has loyal tailgaters, like the Campus Veterans Association, which sets up a weekly party for people in the military, with supplies of food, beer and cornhole. But the Crimson Tide has some competition in the tailgating department, especially from rival Louisiana State University, which they recently beat. In UA&aposs campus paper The Crimson White, UA alumnus Tyler Cummings said: “&aposBama tailgates lean toward barbecue, burgers, hot dogs and sausages—I suppose more of the typical game-day cuisine. Even as a &aposBama alumnus, I&aposd have to say LSU has &aposBama beat hands down on the food at tailgates.”

Auburn University
Auburn residents who are devoted to the team but not so handy in the kitchen can contact the Tailgate Guys, a company dedicated to the art of tailgates. They&aposll set up all the equipment—tents, tables, coolers full of ice, beer koozies and even televisions𠅏or groups of up to 60 people they&aposll also clean up afterward. Customers can either pack their own food, or hire one of the Tailgate Guys caterers: Tailgate Chef, Chick-fil-A, Tiger Catering or Country&aposs Barbecue.

University of Missouri
Mizzou tailgaters can plan their tailgate while supporting the school&aposs College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The Mizzou Meat Market (nice name!) sells signature Tiger Tail brats and Tiger Tail burgers (both smartly striped with cheese) in addition to a huge variety of pork, beef, lamb and goat. Wine drinkers can pick up Mizzou Cellars Wine, made by local Missouri winemakers in collaboration with the school&aposs Grape and Wine Institute.

Texas A&M University
In its September/October 2013 issue, Tailgater Monthly named Texas A&M the No. 1 tailgating college of 2013. No surprise: The school&aposs College of Agriculture and Life Science has a Meat Science program, which offers coursework in meat science, meat selection and grading, food safety and more. The school&aposs Texas Barbecue website is a comprehensive barbecue guide, from rub recipes to scientific explanations of why brisket and pork butt barbecue are so popular (it&aposs all about the collagen in the muscle fibers).

The University of South Carolina
Gamecocks fans Chris and Kathy Fulmer recently won the 2013 National Collegiate Tailgating Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. There are competitions in dozens of categories: barbecue, drinks, clothing, pet clothing(!), jewelry, pet games, home brew, etc. The Fulmers won in 25 categories, spanning food, memorabilia and equipment. They operate Ultimate Tailgaters BBQ in Aiken, South Carolina, and they&aposll cater game-day events with beef brisket, pulled pork, spareribs, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding and more. All this makes me think I need to become a South Carolina fan.


Top 5 College Football Tailgates: Southeastern Conference

Here comes college bowl season. So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football&mdashand tailgating&mdashvery seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference. Read more >

Here comes college football&aposs bowl season.

So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football𠅊nd tailgating—very seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference.

Just look out for life-size Jell-O molds of Alabama coach Nick Saban&aposs head.

The University of Alabama
Alabama has loyal tailgaters, like the Campus Veterans Association, which sets up a weekly party for people in the military, with supplies of food, beer and cornhole. But the Crimson Tide has some competition in the tailgating department, especially from rival Louisiana State University, which they recently beat. In UA&aposs campus paper The Crimson White, UA alumnus Tyler Cummings said: “&aposBama tailgates lean toward barbecue, burgers, hot dogs and sausages—I suppose more of the typical game-day cuisine. Even as a &aposBama alumnus, I&aposd have to say LSU has &aposBama beat hands down on the food at tailgates.”

Auburn University
Auburn residents who are devoted to the team but not so handy in the kitchen can contact the Tailgate Guys, a company dedicated to the art of tailgates. They&aposll set up all the equipment—tents, tables, coolers full of ice, beer koozies and even televisions𠅏or groups of up to 60 people they&aposll also clean up afterward. Customers can either pack their own food, or hire one of the Tailgate Guys caterers: Tailgate Chef, Chick-fil-A, Tiger Catering or Country&aposs Barbecue.

University of Missouri
Mizzou tailgaters can plan their tailgate while supporting the school&aposs College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The Mizzou Meat Market (nice name!) sells signature Tiger Tail brats and Tiger Tail burgers (both smartly striped with cheese) in addition to a huge variety of pork, beef, lamb and goat. Wine drinkers can pick up Mizzou Cellars Wine, made by local Missouri winemakers in collaboration with the school&aposs Grape and Wine Institute.

Texas A&M University
In its September/October 2013 issue, Tailgater Monthly named Texas A&M the No. 1 tailgating college of 2013. No surprise: The school&aposs College of Agriculture and Life Science has a Meat Science program, which offers coursework in meat science, meat selection and grading, food safety and more. The school&aposs Texas Barbecue website is a comprehensive barbecue guide, from rub recipes to scientific explanations of why brisket and pork butt barbecue are so popular (it&aposs all about the collagen in the muscle fibers).

The University of South Carolina
Gamecocks fans Chris and Kathy Fulmer recently won the 2013 National Collegiate Tailgating Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. There are competitions in dozens of categories: barbecue, drinks, clothing, pet clothing(!), jewelry, pet games, home brew, etc. The Fulmers won in 25 categories, spanning food, memorabilia and equipment. They operate Ultimate Tailgaters BBQ in Aiken, South Carolina, and they&aposll cater game-day events with beef brisket, pulled pork, spareribs, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding and more. All this makes me think I need to become a South Carolina fan.


Top 5 College Football Tailgates: Southeastern Conference

Here comes college bowl season. So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football&mdashand tailgating&mdashvery seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference. Read more >

Here comes college football&aposs bowl season.

So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football𠅊nd tailgating—very seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference.

Just look out for life-size Jell-O molds of Alabama coach Nick Saban&aposs head.

The University of Alabama
Alabama has loyal tailgaters, like the Campus Veterans Association, which sets up a weekly party for people in the military, with supplies of food, beer and cornhole. But the Crimson Tide has some competition in the tailgating department, especially from rival Louisiana State University, which they recently beat. In UA&aposs campus paper The Crimson White, UA alumnus Tyler Cummings said: “&aposBama tailgates lean toward barbecue, burgers, hot dogs and sausages—I suppose more of the typical game-day cuisine. Even as a &aposBama alumnus, I&aposd have to say LSU has &aposBama beat hands down on the food at tailgates.”

Auburn University
Auburn residents who are devoted to the team but not so handy in the kitchen can contact the Tailgate Guys, a company dedicated to the art of tailgates. They&aposll set up all the equipment—tents, tables, coolers full of ice, beer koozies and even televisions𠅏or groups of up to 60 people they&aposll also clean up afterward. Customers can either pack their own food, or hire one of the Tailgate Guys caterers: Tailgate Chef, Chick-fil-A, Tiger Catering or Country&aposs Barbecue.

University of Missouri
Mizzou tailgaters can plan their tailgate while supporting the school&aposs College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The Mizzou Meat Market (nice name!) sells signature Tiger Tail brats and Tiger Tail burgers (both smartly striped with cheese) in addition to a huge variety of pork, beef, lamb and goat. Wine drinkers can pick up Mizzou Cellars Wine, made by local Missouri winemakers in collaboration with the school&aposs Grape and Wine Institute.

Texas A&M University
In its September/October 2013 issue, Tailgater Monthly named Texas A&M the No. 1 tailgating college of 2013. No surprise: The school&aposs College of Agriculture and Life Science has a Meat Science program, which offers coursework in meat science, meat selection and grading, food safety and more. The school&aposs Texas Barbecue website is a comprehensive barbecue guide, from rub recipes to scientific explanations of why brisket and pork butt barbecue are so popular (it&aposs all about the collagen in the muscle fibers).

The University of South Carolina
Gamecocks fans Chris and Kathy Fulmer recently won the 2013 National Collegiate Tailgating Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. There are competitions in dozens of categories: barbecue, drinks, clothing, pet clothing(!), jewelry, pet games, home brew, etc. The Fulmers won in 25 categories, spanning food, memorabilia and equipment. They operate Ultimate Tailgaters BBQ in Aiken, South Carolina, and they&aposll cater game-day events with beef brisket, pulled pork, spareribs, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding and more. All this makes me think I need to become a South Carolina fan.


Top 5 College Football Tailgates: Southeastern Conference

Here comes college bowl season. So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football&mdashand tailgating&mdashvery seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference. Read more >

Here comes college football&aposs bowl season.

So exciting! Equally as exciting are the dispatches from the BCS tailgating front lines. Since the South takes its football𠅊nd tailgating—very seriously, we got intel on the top five parties in the Southeastern Conference.

Just look out for life-size Jell-O molds of Alabama coach Nick Saban&aposs head.

The University of Alabama
Alabama has loyal tailgaters, like the Campus Veterans Association, which sets up a weekly party for people in the military, with supplies of food, beer and cornhole. But the Crimson Tide has some competition in the tailgating department, especially from rival Louisiana State University, which they recently beat. In UA&aposs campus paper The Crimson White, UA alumnus Tyler Cummings said: “&aposBama tailgates lean toward barbecue, burgers, hot dogs and sausages—I suppose more of the typical game-day cuisine. Even as a &aposBama alumnus, I&aposd have to say LSU has &aposBama beat hands down on the food at tailgates.”

Auburn University
Auburn residents who are devoted to the team but not so handy in the kitchen can contact the Tailgate Guys, a company dedicated to the art of tailgates. They&aposll set up all the equipment—tents, tables, coolers full of ice, beer koozies and even televisions𠅏or groups of up to 60 people they&aposll also clean up afterward. Customers can either pack their own food, or hire one of the Tailgate Guys caterers: Tailgate Chef, Chick-fil-A, Tiger Catering or Country&aposs Barbecue.

University of Missouri
Mizzou tailgaters can plan their tailgate while supporting the school&aposs College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The Mizzou Meat Market (nice name!) sells signature Tiger Tail brats and Tiger Tail burgers (both smartly striped with cheese) in addition to a huge variety of pork, beef, lamb and goat. Wine drinkers can pick up Mizzou Cellars Wine, made by local Missouri winemakers in collaboration with the school&aposs Grape and Wine Institute.

Texas A&M University
In its September/October 2013 issue, Tailgater Monthly named Texas A&M the No. 1 tailgating college of 2013. No surprise: The school&aposs College of Agriculture and Life Science has a Meat Science program, which offers coursework in meat science, meat selection and grading, food safety and more. The school&aposs Texas Barbecue website is a comprehensive barbecue guide, from rub recipes to scientific explanations of why brisket and pork butt barbecue are so popular (it&aposs all about the collagen in the muscle fibers).

The University of South Carolina
Gamecocks fans Chris and Kathy Fulmer recently won the 2013 National Collegiate Tailgating Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. There are competitions in dozens of categories: barbecue, drinks, clothing, pet clothing(!), jewelry, pet games, home brew, etc. The Fulmers won in 25 categories, spanning food, memorabilia and equipment. They operate Ultimate Tailgaters BBQ in Aiken, South Carolina, and they&aposll cater game-day events with beef brisket, pulled pork, spareribs, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding and more. All this makes me think I need to become a South Carolina fan.