College football and tailgating have become so intertwined, it's difficult to envision one without the other anymore. There are as many different stories about the origins of tailgating as there are football programs, but regardless of where it originated, it has clearly spread across America like a wildfire—a particularly entertaining wildfire.
Tailgating has become almost as important as the game itself, and for several institutions that make our top 25 tailgating schools list, the quality of tailgating far exceeds the quality of football.
Interestingly enough, actual tailgates are completely optional at a modern tailgater. One thing that isn't optional for any school on this list is pure, unadulterated awesomeness.