The only thing more fun than going to a packed stadium and taking in a loud, exciting college football game is enjoying the festivities beforehand. As far as sporting events and time-honored traditions are concerned, tailgating is easily at the top of the list.
When you think about it, how can it not be? Whether you’re hanging out with family and friends, or conversing with people you barely know, as long as you’re all cheering for the same team, nothing else really matters. Tailgating is all about good food, fresh beverages, and school pride. There is easily no better way to pump yourself up for the day’s game.
During football season, you can go to college campuses all around the country and surely find some form of tailgating taking place. Of course, while the idea behind each scene will generally be the same, not all forms of tailgating are created equal. Some schools surely outdo others. How can we possibly decide which ones are best? Easy. We leave it up to the fans.
The College Football Fan Index is “an in-depth ranking of the top fanbases as determined through social aggregation and online polling across weekly editorial themes such as best tailgates and best traditions.” And wouldn’t you know, as far as college football’s best tailgates are concerned, the people have spoken. With that in mind, here’s a look at the 10 best tailgates that topped them all in 2016.