Football games – they give us a reason to congregate every weekend between August and December. Throw a college football game into the mix and we’ll set up camp near the stadium and party with the best food, the best of friends and create the best of times. It’s a mix of pride, savoury foods. teamwork and can be steeped in deep traditions for each college.
Every team and their fans have their own special traditions. Some, however, take it to the next level. Here, in no specific order are the top college tailgate rankings in the opinion of several dedicated tailgating entities.
Our first contributor is Tailgater Monthly Magazine which features every imaginable topic on America’s fastest growing sport. tailgatermonthly.com lists it’s 20 top 2014 Tailgate colleges with the number one college cited as being “ablaze in football glory and deserves to top the game rail tailgating list for 2014”.
Read the countdown and the reasons for their picks here in their September/October 2014 edition. thebleacherreport.com which boasts sports journalists and bloggers covering NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MMA, college football and basketball, NASCAR, fantasy sports and more notes that “When 90,000 fans show up for a practice game, you’ve got the right fan base for high-caliber tailgating.” But who do they list as the best colleges for tailgating in 2014?
Here is their self proclaimed completely unscientific ranking of the top 25 college football tailgating schools for the 2014 season.”
“It’s something that cannot be accurately described only felt. writes Daniel D Zillmer from collegespun.com a College Sports Network that takes a three-pronged approach at bringing you the best sports coverage on the web. “Many universities claim to be the top tailgating scene in the land, but only ten made our list.”
Zillmer’s take on The Top 10 College Football Tailgating Scenes In The Country can be found on their website here.
What makes a tailgate one of the best in the country? Huffingtonpost.com did fan surveys taking into account school spirit, how long the party lasted and of course the food and beverages served.
Here are the epic tailgates that they guarantee will give you a good time.
And finally, while there are hundreds of sties and opinions on the best tailgating colleges, we had to narrow it down for you. So we went to one of the college authorities, universityprimetime.com
This self proclaimed “hottest college website in the world right now” has shaped their list with the thought that “tailgating is one of the most fun things to look forward to come fall every school year. Football begins, and so does the hamburgers and hot dogs with a cup of beer in hand.”
Their Top 50 Tailgating Schools in America 2014-2015 Rankings goes something like this.
Additional Photos courtesy of tailgatermonthly.com and universityprimetime.com