College Football's Top 10 Game Day Party Schools
After considerable research, I've come up with a new college football top 10 ranking that is sure to upset some while bringing joy and celebration to others.
When it comes to college football, everybody loves a top 10 poll.
We've had college football top 10 rankings consisting of "college football's top 10 hottest cheerleaders" (one of my favorites), "college football's top 10 stadiums," "college football's top 10 fanbases," and now finally, "college football's top 10 game day party schools".
The "top 10 game day party schools" is not to be confused with "college football's top 10 rude and arrogant fan" rankings. The "game day party school" ranking deals mainly with...well, drinking (among other things).
The schools included in this ranking know how to get "primed" for each home game. While some schools are better than others, each included in this ranking has developed a stellar reputation as a game day party school.
I will acknowledge that almost all schools can lay claim to a little partying before home football games, but they simply can't hold a candle to the schools included in this top 10 list.
Most of the schools listed within the slideshow’s top 10 have developed a solid and indisputable reputation for a “party hearty” game-day routine.
NOTE: As a disclaimer of sorts, nine of the top 10 schools in this ranking still hold amateur status, while one school clearly must be considered professional.
Did your school make the top 10? Click through the slides to find who made this year's top 10 game day party schools.
10. Arizona State University
Do you suppose these two ASU fans (see photo) had perhaps one too many prior to the game? (I know...I know. Some of you are now screaming, "Give 'em another one!")
Arizona State has the perfect environment for game-day partying: beautiful warm weather, beautiful campus, and beautiful coeds to get the party started (again...see photo.)
ASU also sports a mediocre football program, which only serves to add more reasons to have "one too many" prior to (and during) games. This isn't your run of the mill, everyday top-25 program anymore, as are most of the others in our top 10.
Tailgating is permitted at ASU home football games, which is nothing too unusual. ASU puts out a set of rules for tailgaters prior to each season. Among the "rules" are a couple that caught our eye:
"The consumption of beer and wine is permitted but under Arizona law, the consumption of liquor is not authorized."
Right. Sure thing. Ever wonder just exactly what is injected into those oranges they all pack around? Or what's really in all that Paradise Punch?
Here's another rule that speaks directly to the seriousness of ASU game-day partying:
"Drinking games and binge drinking are prohibited. Other recreational games such as bean-bag toss, football, etc., are permitted as long as a competitive drinking aspect is not involved."
"Competitive drinking?" Whoa! That's serious stuff!
9. West Virginia University
I know you're probably saying, "But that's not a West Virginia fan!" Trust me on this one—it is.
Mountaineers all over West Virginia are yelling, "Only No. 9?" In all fairness, West Virginia could be ranked higher. No doubt about it.
After all, they were the Princeton Review's No. 1 party school in America in 2007, were ranked No. 10 in the 2009 Playboy Party School Poll, and were No. 6 in the 2009 Princeton Review.
West Virginia senior Katie O'Hara, 22, said WVU is always ranked high because "no matter what kind of party you want, it's here—bars, fraternities, house parties. ... If you want to take shots all night, there's a bar; no matter what you want to do, it's there."
WVU fans have developed a reputation for unruly behavior, being compared to "soccer hooligans" by GQ magazine. At some events, there have been cases of objects thrown onto the field or at opposing teams.
There were previously also issues with small-scale fires, most notably of couches, being set after games; over 1,100 intentionally-ignited street fires have been reported since 1997. Yes, fires!
Those fires were probably started by the students simply blowing on them!
8. University of Miami
Many fans were disappointed that Miami didn't make the top 10 "most rude and arrogant top 10 list" that was recently published.
It's not that the Hurricane fans aren't rude, but because the football program has gone into the dumpster, they had nothing to be arrogant about!
Is the University of Miami a party school? Whoa! Playboy ranked "The U" No. 1 in their latest poll. Clearly these Hurricanes know how to party! And that is the problem.
If you ever attended a Miami game when they played in the Orange Bowl, then you know why there is a picture of a badge above. In order to keep any sort of civil order during a game, it took about 10,000 "badges" to get the job done.
Now that "The U" has moved to the more "upscale" Miami Dolphins stadium, perhaps we'll see their rating fall in these kinds of polls. But don't hold your breath on that one!
The "drinking tradition" at Hurricane games goes back years and years, and to think of a poll about game day party schools not having "The U" included is just really hard to picture.
7. University of Oregon
The picture is of a couple of the more "subdued" fans of the University of Oregon.
It wasn't too many years ago when Playboy magazine listed the Ducks as a "professional party school." Clearly, they slipped a bit from the professional ranks to their now amateur status, but don't let that fool you.
How many schools have "pre" party parties? How about "pre" party tailgates? That's when they practice drinking before the real tailgate begins!
Oregon fans have also been known to "herb it up" a little in addition to the drinking. Now that's some serious partying!
Since Oregon started playing night games, the Duck faithful have been rapidly advancing in these kinds of polls.
If you happen to be a visiting team fan at a Oregon game...well, good luck! You might want to stay sober just to make sure you make it back to the motel.
6. University of Texas
First of all, my apologizes to those Texas Longhorn fans who just hate to see their fine school listed among the top party schools in the country.
Recently written comments about Texas fans "drinking" were not well received by many of the Texas fans. But...there can be no dispute that Texas belongs in the top 10 game day party school poll.
First of all, let's consider that the University of Texas was listed in the latest Playboy Party School Poll at No. 2. The Longhorns were ranked No. 7 in the latest Princeton Review Party School Poll. I think those rankings speak for themselves.
While Texas is well known for its "party school" image, at least they aren't quite as rude and arrogant during game day. Just a little irritating maybe.
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the game-day party that begins well before game day. Yes, Texas is known to do the "pre" party parties in preparation for the game.
The good thing about the Texas game-day partying? Barbecue! At least they eat a little with all the drink!
5. University of Wisconsin
Yes, those are a couple of Wisconsin coeds drinking right from the tap.
I know they aren't wearing any "Wisconsin apparel," but this picture was taken on a Thursday night bash, which is before the Friday bash and of course, the game day bash.
The University of Wisconsin is a beautiful campus right on a lake with a weekly Thursday night outdoor student bash. Yes, Thursday night before the Friday night bash—which is before the Saturday "pre" party party before game day.
I know, that's a lot of partying leading up to a game. But at Wisconsin they do this sort of partying even before away games!
Wisconsin is no stranger to the annual party school polls either. The Badgers rank No. 6 in the latest Playboy poll and No. 8 in the Princeton Review poll.
Wisconsin is one very serious game day party school, regardless of it being a home or away game!
4. University of Florida
Oh say it ain't so! Tim Tebow's school is a game day party school? Oh, you better believe it! And then some!
Florida ranks No. 4 in the latest Playboy Party School Poll, and it hits No. 2 in the Princeton Review Party School Poll.
I think Mr. Tebow may have been the only "goody two shoes" in the entire university. The rest are nearing professional status when it comes to knowing how to party.
This University has all the props available for the great party. Great warm weather, great-looking coeds (see picture above), and lots of excuses to party down on game day. Did I mention the day BEFORE game day too? Yup!
Some think these Florida Gator fans get a little rude and arrogant during game day, but I can assure you that they are that way almost any day!
If you want to see a first-class game day party, then you must take in a Florida football game. I just hope you're not from the visiting team. The abuse can get downright rough.
3. University of Georgia
...And now we get to the downright serious game day party schools.
The University of Georgia takes game-day partying to a different level. Bulldog fans have perfected the "art" of a total game day party—so much so that some Georgia fans can't take it anymore.
Former Georgia student Laura Lamotte has no problem saying it either.
For them and others, game-day imperfections are becoming increasingly problematic, with excessive alcohol consumption being the main problem.
“Students and Dog fans alike are, more than anything else, rude and inconsiderate (when drunk),” Lamotte said. “If everyone paid a little more attention and maybe didn’t have that eighth beer, we’d all be a little better off.”
Eighth beer? And that was at one of the Bulldogs' famous "pre-parties" too! Imagine how it is when kickoff time comes!
Georgia is fairly well known in the "party school world," as indicated by their always high ranking in the "party school polls." Playboy ranks Georgia at No. 7, while the Princeton Review puts them at No. 4.
The Bulldogs unfortunately didn't make the "rude and arrogant" poll this year simply because they had little to be arrogant about. But they make up for it in spades with their "game day party school" ranking.
2. Penn State University
Penn State is a drinking school with a football problem.
Do the fans care that their once mighty Nittany Lions haven't won the Big Ten in recent years? Oh sure! It just fuels the "drinking excuses" on game day.
Penn State has the distinct honor of being rated America's No. 1 party school by the Princeton Review.
The drinking at Penn State was so bad that the school's administrators went to work to find a way to curb the consumption. They had no luck...and just a word of advice to the administrators: Give it up, as you'll never succeed.
Talk about game-day partying! Penn State University officials issued an apology recently for actions Penn State students took against members of the Ohio State University Band during Saturday's game. Yes, the marching band!
With nearly 110,000 people attending the game, Penn State officials say it is possible there were "a couple jerks" among the fans. Just a couple?
OSU graduate Evan Mohr says it was much more than that.
"The threat of physical violence, people standing on hood of my car, mud balls being thrown," Mohr said of the environment before the game.
I told you they were serious drinkers at Penn State. Ever wonder why they call it "Happy Valley?"
1** Louisiana State University
** Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge is a PROFESSIONAL game day party school. LSU is the only school in American afforded this "honor."
Ever been to a night game at LSU? Well, if you have AND you've managed to survive, a hearty "Congratulations!" is in order.
To be a true LSU fan, you must understand game day party rule No. 1: Tailgating is mandatory. And by tailgating, you must be drinking beer before 6:00 AM. This includes both home and away games.
Only at LSU is it okay to "tear up a little" when having your first beer at your first LSU tailgating party.
I swear they must make all those who enter Tiger Stadium take a breathalyzer test before being admitted, and if you can't push a "legally drunk" number on the meter, then you are turned away.
These Tiger fans get so wasted on game day that they go through various stages in their personalities. There's the "rude" stage, which is followed closely by the "arrogant" stage. Then comes the "slobbering drunk, but I love you" stage, and finally the "exit" stage, when everything ceases to exist as they pass out.
If you go to Baton Rouge for a night game, take along some security guards and wear ear plugs. Whatever you do, don't drink. The vapors in the stadium that you breathe will take you over the "legally drunk" limit all by themselves.