There’s nothing better then Saturday’s. From the food, to the atmosphere to the actual game day experience we all hold college football Saturday’s with a special place in our hearts. We tried our best to narrow it down to 25 and only 25, but here are the top 25 college football experiences you can go to.
25. Army West Point
West Point, N.Y., Army’s campus and football stadium are a must see for any true college football fan. And the same can be said abou the pregame tailgates at Michie Stadium. The Army Black Knights seat 38,000 fans per game. The sight of a packed student section of cadets and their pre-game traditions make for a great Saturday.
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24. West Virginia
For opposing fans or players headed into Morgantown, it can sometimes feel like crawling through a war zone with the passion and energy from the Mountaineer fan base. Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium seats 60,000 fans and gets raucous long before long before “Country Roads” blares from the sound system.
Make sure to make your way through the blue and gold lots for a little piece of tailgating heaven. Pepperoni rolls or deer jerky? YES PLEASE!
Rice-Eccles Stadium holds more than 45,000 fans and has been a hot place to watch college football since Urban Meyer’s tenure with the program. Any fans visiting Salt Lake City for some grilling are in for a good time.
Known for some of the best tailgating in the West. The Drum call at the Ute Walk is a real good time.
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22. Washington State University
Martin Stadium at the Palouse is the ultimate college town. Martin stadium packs in 35,000 fans and a mass majority of them are students. So when you go to Pullman, Washington it’s the ultimate college football experience.
Expect to hear a ton of “Go Cougs” chants.
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21. Notre Dame
The game days in South Bend, Indiana are full of tradition. That stems long before kickoff, where Notre Dame fans have some of the best tailgates in sports. Everyone needs to visit Notre Dame Stadium at least once.
You got to check out the Stadium Tunnel Tour. Brats, dogs and beer… This tailgate is all about tradition, and South Bend is one of the best locations to be on game day.
Gator fans know how to have a damn good time, but you already knew that I am sure. SEC football brings some of the most passionate fans, as well as some of the most passionate eaters and drinkers in Florida to Gainesville for Saturdays in the Fall.
Gators in the swamp. Smokers and grills are plentiful in Gainesville. Keep cool with the fantastic drinks.
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19. Texas Tech
A good tailgate in Texas? Who would expect. Well just kidding everyone would. Welcome to Lubbock, Texas where it’s about the football and the delicious food at the tailgate.
You got to try the ribs!
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18. Penn State
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17. Florida State
Florida State fans has a unique vibe to pre-game from the food to the traditions. Love it or hate it, the tomahawk chop is an iconic part of the game experience to go along with the weather, the food and the drinks.
The War Drum outside the stadium gets the tailgate going long before Chief Osceola rides Renegade into the stadium. Rowdy fans with the war chant and tomahawk chop will make sure you don’t forget FSU.
On the field, Auburn has been home to some of the most exciting games of the last 20 years. Before the games, Auburn is the home of some epic, SEC tailgating.
Insider, “Many fans take in the Loveliest Village on the Plains. The Tiger Walk is a must.”
Lane Stadium can be a hike for many Hokie fans coming from Northern Virginia or Richmond to take in a game, but the trip is always worth it. Seating more than 65,000, Blacksburg transforms into a different place on Saturdays when Tech is on fire. And the enter the Sandman entrance might be the best tradition in college football!
Sanford Stadium has tripled in size since its birth in the 1920s, and the Bulldogs went undefeated at home in 2017. There is plenty to enjoy before kickoff for visiting fans.
Insider says, “North Campus is known for its historic location, but make sure to check out the area bars before you go.”
Welcome to Camp Randall stadium. Wisconsin football has an interesting feel. Part college town, and also in the state capitol and people know how to party. You’ll love the third quarter tradition of “jump around”
Welcome to Austin. Austin is known as a different city and Texas football is 100% a different experience. Part college, part thriving town. Austin and Texas football go hand in hand to give you an ultimate football experience.
Norman sits right in the heart grilling country. Just ask famous booster and barbecue guru Jim Ross of WWE legend status.
Insider says, “These fans know how to tailgate. Do you love steak? If so… this is your tailgating paradise.”
Howard’s Rock gets alot of the game attention, and there is nothing wrong with that. But for fans that dig deeper into the tailgating and pre-game scene at Clemson know there is a lot more to having a good time than one iconic tradition.
Insider says, “Large RVs are common, and the tailgating is top notch. Beer, brats, burgers abound. SUPER friendly fans make this one of the best Saturday games you will ever enjoy. GO TIGERS!”
The Big House is a MUST. The largest stadium in the United States this stadium holds 107,000 fans and it’s usually packed.
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8. Ohio State
The tailgating scene just like the football team is historically a top 10 experience. You are going to love walking around Columbus, Ohio before, during and after the game.
Alabama is number 1 on the football field, and close to number 1 during the full football day experience. From the southern hospitality, to some of the most knowledgeable fans in college football a day spent in Tuscaloosa is a must experience.
Not only does Iowa have some of the best tailgating scenes in the country. It has one of the greatest traditions in all of college football during the 3rd quarter the crowd turns and waves to the children’s hospital that overlooks the stadium. Talk about goosebumps.
What makes Husky Stadium so unique, is not only the excellent tailgate with seafood like salmon and more. But not only can you tailgate on the ground you can also sailgate (that’s right on a boat) right on husky harbor. It’s an experience unlike any other.
Boat-gating? Sail-gating? Whatever you want to call it, on game day the VOL Navy rules the Tennessee River and the Big Orange Army rules everything else. Just like Washington you can also boat-gate or sail-gate in Tennessee right on the river. Southern charm, mixed with good food and drinks a Vols tailgate is a must see experience.
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3. South Carolina
“Tailgating on the ‘tail’ of a train! The Cockaboose railroad gets serious points for unique locations you can rent on game day, complete with flatscreen tvs!”
That’s only part of the experience, the fans, southern charm and food put South Carolina as one of the best football experiences in the country.
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2. Ole Miss
The Grove outside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium is 10 acres of Rebel tailgate awesomeness that should be on your college party bucket list. The grove is awesome. It’s one of the best and coolest experiences in all of college football.
LSU is the best football experience in the whole country. from the stadium, to the southern food, to the hospitality of the fans. And the charm of fans. LSU has to be the best place to experience college football in the country.
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