If tailgating is your thing, there are several locations that would be perfect for Week 10.
Plenty of rivalry games are scattered throughout the weekend schedule. Some involve teams who are battling for bragging rights. Others are seeking the inside track to a conference title.
But for one matchup, BCS title hopes and an undefeated season will be on the line.
Here are the five best tailgating locations for this weekend.
Matchup: Tennessee (4-4) at No. 9 Missouri (7-1), Nov. 2, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
When this stadium is full (67,124 capacity), it becomes the ninth-largest city in the state of Missouri.
There’s no reason to doubt that will be the case this Saturday night.
Coming off their first loss of the season, it’s not all bad for the Tigers. The team still controls its destiny when it comes to wrapping up the SEC East.
With Missouri desperate to make its presence felt in just its second year in the conference, expect Faurot Field to be rocking.
Did we mention that this was a night game?
Matchup: No. 21 Michigan (6-1) at No. 22 Michigan State (7-1), Nov. 2, 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC
Five of the last six meetings between these teams have been decided by two touchdowns or less.
With the Paul Bunyan Trophy and bragging rights up for grabs, expect Spartan Stadium to be packed. Not only with Spartans fans but also with fans of the Wolverines.
The schools are separated by around one hour after all.
In a series that Michigan has dominated overall—68-32-5—Michigan State has been the aggressor as of late. The team has won four of the last five meetings, including four straight from 2008-11.
This season, the game holds more meaning. That’s because both teams are in contention for a divisional title and a spot in the Big Ten title game.
As is the case for every in-state rivalry, mayhem should be expected.
Matchup: No. 18 Oklahoma State (6-1) at No. 15 Texas Tech (7-1), Nov. 2, 7 p.m. ET on Fox
After losing to Oklahoma last weekend, the Red Raiders may no longer be undefeated. But fans will still hold onto the team’s unscathed mark in Lubbock (4-0).
But more importantly, Texas Tech still controls its own destiny as far as the Big 12 title is concerned.
The same can be said about the Cowboys—the preseason conference favorites.
This series hasn’t been much of a contest of late, as Oklahoma State has won the last four. Rather convincingly, if I may add.
That makes the presence of the home crowd all the more important for the Red Raiders.
But if that’s not enough, many female fans may rush to the stadium just to get a look at Texas Tech head coach and Ryan Gosling doppelganger Kliff Kingsbury.
Matchup: Georgia (4-3) vs. Florida (4-3), Nov. 2, 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS
It’s not often that these two rivals meet while both are in the midst of underwhelming seasons. In fact, other than 2010, it’s been quite some time since both the Bulldogs and Gators faced off while both had at least three losses.
That 2010 game? A 34-31 overtime victory for Florida.
Even if SEC or BCS titles aren’t on the line, you can expect this game to be one of the most interesting contests of the weekend. Because if fans of these schools are going through a rough year, you can only imagine that they will be rooting for the misery of the other to keep on rolling.
They don’t call this one the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party for nothing.
Besides, it's time fans at EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, finally get treated to a good football match.
Matchup: No. 7 Miami (7-0) at No. 3 Florida State (7-0), Nov. 2, 8 p.m. ET on ABC
Expecting anywhere else to hold down the No. 1 spot? If so, you’re sadly mistaken.
A lot is on the line for this one.
National title hopes. The inside track to the ACC title. The Heisman Trophy. Bragging rights.
Not to mention, ESPN’s College GameDay will also be in attendance.
This one will be wild. Both programs are in the midst of stellar campaigns.
Not only are both the Seminoles and Hurricanes back on the national stage, each team has gained a lot of steam to earn a berth in the BCS title. A win in this one would go a long way.
With a prime-time start, expect the atmosphere to be wild from opening kickoff.
It will be one heck of a night down in Tallahassee.
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of NCAA.com
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