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20 Craziest Tailgating Schools

University of Southern California

Even though the Trojans have struggled in recent years, these Los Angeles fans remain hopeful and supportive of their team. The warm L.A. weather is a large part of what has allowed true fans to continue to tailgate and enjoy home games the same as always. USC faithful always look forward to seeing Traveler, the white horse with a Trojan warrior mascot riding it around the stadium.

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Notre Dame

This school is located in South Bend, Indiana, which is a rather small town in northern Indiana. Do not be fooled -- even though the town itself isn't too big, the fans come in numbers for football games. With traditions like the stadium tunnel tour and big cookouts before kickoff, the Fighting Irish have a fantastic fan base to cheer them on.

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University of Florida

Known across the south as “The Swamp,” Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is home of the Florida Gators. Located in Gainesville, Florida which is home to some of the most passionate fans in college sports. One of the most unique parts of these tailgates is the fact that you never know what is going to wind up on the barbeque, making the University of Florida a popular destination for many football fans.

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University of Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Sooners make appearances in the top 10 national rankings consistently, which means their fans have a lot to cheer about. With such loyal supporters, the Sooners have been able to create one of the most exciting atmospheres in the country. The people in Norman, OK definitely know how to host a tailgate surrounded by food and friendly faces.

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University of Michigan

These Wolverine fans are some of the best in the country. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the University of Michigan is home to “The Big House” which is the largest stadium in the country. Holding over 100,000 people, this stadium fills to capacity whether rain, snow, sleet, or shine. Michigan fans are dedicated to supporting their team, making sure to have fun along the way.

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University of Texas

The Texas Longhorn faithful know how to do it all, from barbeque to music. These are some of the liveliest tailgates in the country. Texas has one of the biggest followings out of anyone, which means the games draw enormous crowds from across the state. With so many people cheering on the same team, a good time is almost guaranteed in Austin.

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Ohio State University

OSU is notorious for being one of the most disliked teams nationwide. With that said, Buckeye fans would have it no other way. These fans are confident in their teams, and they will let you know it. The Buckeye band has a tradition of spelling out “Ohio” while marching during halftime performances. Traditions such as this are what makes Columbus such a unique football destination.

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University of South Carolina

Fans of the Gamecocks generally begin gamedays by filling old train cars that are located on old tracks that are no longer in use. Following that, fans can line up outside the stadium to greet the team as they enter. Fans can see the old campus before they enter the game for themselves, which allows people to see the history behind their school.

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University of Oregon

The University of Oregon football program is probably best known for always having the newest and freshest uniforms in the country. This is because the university is located in Salem, Oregon, which is very close to the Nike headquarters in Beaverton. These Ducks fans are always ready to watch one of their speedy players run down the field for a touchdown. The team winning in recent years has caused fans to become even more dedicated.

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Clemson University

Tigers fans have had a lot to be excited about in the last few years with their team’s recent success. The results around Clemson, SC have been nothing but positive. A more excited community, an energized football team, and a lot of happy fans have made this an exciting time around campus. Tailgates on Saturday mornings are hard to beat in Clemson because of all the delicious food, but more importantly, the big wins.

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University of Georgia

The University of Georgia Bulldogs has one of the most storied programs in America, with many rich traditions to back it. Many families have a tradition of coming here, with their children following in their footsteps. Such loyal fans allow for the tailgates to have a family-friendly atmosphere while being some of the most fun gameday venues in the country.

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University of Alabama

It should come as no surprise that one of the country’s best football teams hosts one of the best tailgates as well. Tuscaloosa, AL is also known by the Crimson Tide as home. The fans are always excited to see their team perform at a very high level, with the tailgates not falling far behind. These “Bama” fans are very supportive of their team, and they have no problem showing it.

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Auburn University

Auburn is one of the many schools throughout the SEC in particular that offers a unique tailgating experience. Fans gather around the tents with good food and drinks all while enjoying each other’s company. Tiger fans can often be found chanting “War Eagle” amongst each other, especially on Saturdays during the fall.

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Pennsylvania State University

Penn State is another school from the Big 10 Conference to find its way onto the list of top tailgates. These fans are very passionate and do not take football lightly. Nittany Lion fans are known for packing the stadium in order to root for their favorite school. These fans and their tailgates are not to be overlooked

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Texas A&M

College Station is best known for being home to the “Twelfth Man,” otherwise known as their student section. These students are very loud and passionate, especially when it comes to their football team and its success. How much the fans care about their team plays a big part in how much people prepare for their tailgates. The food and southern hospitality here are tough to beat.

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University of Washington

Huskies’ fans get to experience something unique each Saturday during the fall. Located along Union Bay in Seattle, the fans have the opportunity to tailgate on boats instead of the traditional style tailgate. Instead of grilling up burgers and hotdogs like many people, Washington faithful are more likely to be found cooking up some type of seafood to eat before the game begins.

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University of Tennessee

The bright orange most fans of the Vols wear is hard to miss, especially when it’s a sea surrounding the stadium in the fall. For those fans who want to do something a little different, many choose to tailgate at the nearby marina. Longtime supporters of the university love to watch the game on television from their boats while listening to the roar of the crowd from the stadium at the same time.

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Louisiana State University

Located in Baton Rouge, LSU has created a culture of tailgates and football. These fans are notorious for going the extra mile when it comes to food. From gumbo to jambalaya, and many other Cajun classics, these people know how to do it all the right way. Known for being one of the rowdiest fan bases in the country, visitors should expect a little friendly heckling when they show up for an away game.

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University of Wisconsin

Madison, WI is home to some of the most passionate fans in college football. Badgers’ fans generally tailgate by going to the downtown bars or the town square instead of the traditional tents and cookouts. Do not let this fool you, even though it is not what many people consider normal, Madison hosts one of the best tailgates around. From brats to beer, these fans know how to cheer on their team and have fun at the same time.

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University of Mississippi

Ole Miss tops the list as best tailgate in college football. The primary feature that sets the rebels apart is The Grove. Located in the center of campus, just a short walk from the stadium, The Grove can be found lined with tents and happy fans on Saturdays in the fall. In addition to The Grove, The Circle offers a place for families who might want it to be a little calmer to tailgate and enjoy their gameday. With so much tradition surrounding this school, there is nothing like fall Saturdays in Oxford.

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