College Football's Top 10 Party Schools
Show of hands: Who remembers their freshman year of college? Yeah, that's about what I thought.
Some of us don't remember for reasons other than partying 'til we dropped.
Some of us had enough trouble paying attention without imbibing.
And then there is the whole sports aspect. Most of the party-hardy schools have big-time football AND basketball programs.
So it's no wonder that we generally see those schools on these lists.
Some of us go to games to, you know, watch the game. Others go to enjoy all the festivities—to take in the sights, sounds, and spirits.
If you are one of the many thousands across the nation who enjoy the party and the game, here's a list of 10 schools that take team spirit to a whole other level.
10. Kansas State
Okay. So in all of my research of this subject, Kansas State did not come up one time. But that's fine with me.
From word of mouth and general observation, State belongs on the list. From what I hear, State has started a campaign to make sure they keep climbing these lists.
They've even used modern technology to produce this awesome new publicity video to promote their efforts towards becoming a top 5 party school.
9. Ohio State
One of the more passionate fan bases in America belongs to the Ohio State Buckeyes. After learning that The Ohio State University is one of the craziest party schools in the country, I think I’ve found a major reason for that passion.
In recent years, Ohio State has been left off these annual lists. But if you are looking for one of the all-time party schools, the Buckeyes have it.
I guess there is a good reason I receive death threats when I bring up the fact that Ohio State has not beaten an SEC team in nine bowl game tries.
The Big Orange backers love to have a good time. In the SEC, the buildup to the game is just as entertaining and lively as the game itself.
Even the athletes at UT love to party. Just ask the numerous former athletes who have been arrested and/or dismissed for smoking weed, leading to the observation that there is a “pot problem” at the university.
Not to be outdone, the overall student body has an overwhelming desire to boogie down. Rarely can you visit Knoxville on a football Saturday and not get propositioned by a drunken co-ed or two.
Remember what I said about SEC fans knowing how to party? Tigers fans are the poster children for that statement.
One reason LSU simply does not lose at night is because thousands of people party from 10 a.m. until game time.
Also working in LSU’s party favor is its proximity to the party capital of the south, New Orleans.
The state of Wisconsin is known for two things: beer and cheese.
Is there any wonder that the state's flagship university is known as the No. 1 school in America for beer consumption?
Ever wonder why that annoying "Jump Around" song is played every three seconds? They have to keep those fans from passing out somehow.
Dawgs fans and students love to party. There are more underage drinking arrests on the Athens campus than on just about any other campus in the nation.
Georgia is another school that benefits from its proximity to a big party city, Atlanta. A campus dominated by fraternities and sororities helps the ranking as well.
Georgia has yet another very passionate fan base that even tries to drown its sorrows when its mascot UGA dies, which seems to happen at least once a year.
South Beach. Lots of women. Cheerleaders. Clubs everywhere you look. Any stimulant you could think of is readily available.
Miami could probably be higher on this list, but there's not much about Miami could get any higher without reaching the point of no return.
Miami is a private school, but the obvious attraction of going to school where most kids go for spring break is unmistakable. Just think how crazy it will get once Randy Shannon restores Miami's football prowess.
As you can tell in this video, even the older "students" love to get down.
In Gainesville, the atmosphere is so festive that fans used to throw bodily fluids at you for wearing anything but Gators colors.
Now they've classed it up a bit by throwing whatever alcoholic beverage that they decided to sneak into the stadium at any visiting fan.
But at least THEY have a good time.
2. West Virginia
If you’re looking for a sterling revelry reputation, look no further than Morgantown, West Va. Students and fans there have long held the tradition of partying quite hard, especially where football is concerned.
Now that the basketball team is back in the Final Four after 51 years, the ridge-runners have something else to party over.
While alcohol consumption surely has plenty to do with their festiveness, the whole “burning couches” thing is a tradition that happens regardless of how drunk a West Virginia fan may or may not be. But as a true Mountaineers fan would say, it certainly doesn’t hurt.
I’ve heard many things about Austin, Texas. I have no reason to believe any of those things are untrue.
It’s easy to see why Texas is a party school—a top basketball program, a premier football program, and cheerleaders who wear chaps.
There's actually a bar in Austin called The Library.
Apparently some genius kid decided to open the bar so he and others could tell their parents, "We've been at The Library all night" and not be lying. That alone is worth an A for effort.
However, don't mistake that for the reason Texas lands atop this list. When a school's main athletic programs (football, basketball, and baseball) are this good, the party will be there.