The top tailgating spot for Week 1 of the 2012 college football season goes not to a campus, but to another neutral, off-campus site.
Arlington, outside of Dallas, is home to Cowboys Stadium. Last season, we were treated to a top 10 showdown between LSU and Oregon. This season, we'll have another great battle between two of the nation's best teams in No. 2 Alabama and No. 10 Michigan.
As previously mentioned, there are only two games in Week 1 featuring a pair of Top 25 teams, and this Big Ten-SEC clash is the only one to take place on Saturday.
Needless to say, this is the biggest game of the week, and with two powerhouse programs with their historic claims to greatness, it's going to be quite the spectacle.
Similarly, the tailgating before the game should be out of this world.
Both Alabama and Michigan have great reputations for pregame festivities, and both fanbases are as rabidly supportive of their team as the most blindly loyal people you can find anywhere.
The parking lots around “Jerry's House” are sure to be jam-packed full of fans clad in Crimson or proudly showing their Maize and Blue. Alabama may have a clear edge on the field come game time, but the title for best Week 1 tailgating will be evenly shared by the Wolverines and Crimson Tide.
Roll Tide; Go Blue.