The past five weeks have been consumed with college football and I’m not complaining. Living in Austin has made it much easier for me to attend SEC football games. Here’s a fun fact about me: One of my bucket list items is to go to a game at every big college football school.
I’ve never been able to get into the NFL – maybe it’s because of the big egos or the bigger paychecks I’m not sure. What I love about college football are the traditions. Sure, coaches and players come and go, but the traditions are lasting.
I’ve already been to Tuscaloosa, College Station, Gainesville, and Florida v. Georgia this season. Needless to say, my liver and suitcase need a break.
Without further adieu, here are my rankings:
- The Florida v. Georgia game – aka “The Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in the World”
This was my first time going to the infamous Florida vs Georgia game and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I know people who have RVs camp out for days in advance, and it’s basically a week-long party. I was truly amazed when I got to EverBank Field and saw the sheer amount of people. It looked like the tailgate spread out for a good one square mile around the stadium.
Lot J, where the Greeks party was straight out of a movie. Everyone looked disheveled and sweaty. It is definitely worth a trip over to that area just to see all the craziness. We also found this amazing pineapple tent among the tailgates that served fresh piña coladas!
2. Alabama v. Ole Miss – Tuscaloosa
Going to an Alabama game is an experience. If you’re visiting Tuscaloosa to watch The Tide, then you better memorize the lyrics to “Dixieland Delight” and not the radio version. This season, we stayed in this beautiful farmhouse in Greensboro, Alabama, which was about an hour away from Tuscaloosa.
It’s best to stay in T-Town on gamedays because of heavy traffic and equally heavy drinking. The difficult part here is that most hotels and vacation rentals will book up literally a year in advance, so start planning now.
It’s always fun to walk The Strip just to witness the debauchery happening. Make your way over to The Quad for BBQ and drinks, then head to Bryant-Denny before kickoff to see the team arrive and do the Walk of Champions.
3. Texas A&M v. Alabama – College Station
I’ve always wanted to watch a game at Kyle Field and I finally had the opportunity this season. College Station a traditional, country Texas town. The Aggies are the definition of southern hospitality. It was an incredible tailgating scene with great fans and tent setups. The energy at Kyle Field is at a 10 the whole game. True Aggies know every song and yell, due to Midnight Yell held the night before every home game. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but College Station rivals Tuscaloosa.
4. The University of Florida v. Texas A&M – Gainesville
My boyfriend showed me a great time in Gainesville and I got goosebumps when the whole stadium sang Tom Petty’s “Won’t Back Down.” He had some tough competition because I visited some other pretty amazing schools this season. We didn’t tailgate at the stadium per se, but we jumped from several houses around the stadium. Gainesville is your typical college town with decent weather and fun bars on campus. Also, Tebow went there so that’s a plus!