With the opening of college football’s 2014 regular season one week away, fans across the nation are anxiously awaiting kickoff of their teams' campaigns. They’re ready to see what that highly touted quarterback can do. How stout their team’s defense looks this fall. How that new head coach or offensive coordinator looks as he charges onto the field for the first game that matters.
And, of course, they’re excited about the tailgating.
Tailgating is as much a part of fall as college football as games are. Heck, some fans never leave their souped-up RVs or SUVs, preferring the comfort of friends old and new, a flat-screen television plugged into a generator, grilled meat and adult beverages over fellowship inside the stadium with 80,000 of their closest friends.
Tailgating is an American art, and college football fans are its top practitioners. Whether you arrive a couple hours or a couple of days before the game, a tailgate is the perfect way to prepare for a college football game.
Here is a look at the top 25 tailgate spots in college football. The list is entirely unscientific and based on my travels as a college football writer, as well as national reputation.