Week 5 of the college football season was pretty legit. From here on out each week will present plenty of opportunities to enjoy what we truly love about being a fan: the tailgating.
Week 6 brings yet another opportunity to throw down in several different parts of the country. With conference schedules kicking into gear, less teams are taking on cupcakes. This means fans finally have the chance to get rowdy while anticipating a great game.
Once again, the SEC provides a couple headlining acts in Arkansas-Florida under the lights of The Swamp. There’s also Ole Miss-Auburn down on the plains.
The Big Ten and Big 12 are also getting in on the fun. Ohio State is headed to Northwestern to play in front of the ESPN College GameDay crew. Minnesota plays at Michigan for the Little Brown Jug. In Norman TCU takes on Oklahoma.
Then there is Arizona State. After hosting Wisconsin and then taking on Stanford, the Sun Devils face a national brand for the third straight week. Coach Todd Graham’s squad heads to Dallas to face off against Notre Dame in the “Shamrock Series.”
We’ve ranked the top 10 places for the best tailgating nationwide and, yes, we’ve got our “B’s” in a row (beers, brats, burgers, BBQ, booze, and babes) – hopefully you do too.
10. No. 25 Maryland Terrapins at No. 8 Florida State Seminoles – Saturday, Oct. 5 @ 12:00 p.m. EST, ESPN
Noon games are few and far between on the tailgating rankings, and for good reason. There just isn’t enough time for fans to do what they do best. However, game breaks the mold.
After playing on the road at Pitt and Boston College, the Seminoles finally have an ACC game at home. It could not have come against a better opponent. Maryland is good enough to draw a full house, but not quite good enough to win. Fans should be up early and beer bonging like champs.
9. No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs at Tennessee Volunteers – Saturday, Oct. 5 @ 3:30 p.m. EST, CBS
Rocky Top is always rockin,’ and that holds especially true now that the team is quasi-relevent. Expect close to 100,000 people, all chugging brews, chanting Rocky Top during brunch.
8. Minnesota Golden Gophers at No. 19 Michigan Wolverines – Saturday, Oct. 5 @ 3:30 p.m. EST, ABC/ESPN2
Michigan fans had two weeks of close calls against Akron and UConn before a bye week. No, Minnesota is not the biggest game in the world, but if Wolverines fans aren’t partying like crazy then we’re going to be disappointed.
7. West Virginia Mountaineers at No. 17 Baylor Bears – Saturday, Oct. 5 @ 8:00 p.m. EST, Fox Sports 1
This game meant nothing – until West Virginia upset Oklahoma State a week ago. Now there’s the chance for thousands of fans to watch two teams race to score 80 points first.
There should also be plenty of fans trying to flip their cups first.
6. No. 10 LSU Tigers at Mississippi State Bulldogs – Saturday, Oct. 5 @ 7:00 p.m. EST, ESPN
Mississippi State needs this game badly. It’s a night game in Starkeville, against an SEC powerhouse. There will be beers, there will fantastic Southern times and, wow, there might even be a pretty good football game.
5. No. 15 Washington Huskies at No. 5 Stanford Cardinal – Saturday, Oct. 5 @ 10:30 p.m. EST, ESPN
One of the games of the week is docked for being held in Palo Alto. Nothing against the city per se – it was basically designed to be plastered on a postcard – but the frats weren’t exactly built to host massive party sessions. As the program keeps winning, and better teams roll into town, bigger and stronger drinks will be poured as the tailgating rocks out.
4. TCU Horned Frogs at No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners – Saturday, Oct. 5 @ 7:00 p.m. EST, FOX
Boomer Sooner! Oklahoma is coming off a huge win over Notre Dame, and fans should be drinking like crazy to prepare for a huge home game .
3. Arkansas Razorbacks at No. 18 Florida Gators– Saturday, Oct. 5 @ 7:00 p.m. EST, ESPN2
Wait, do Florida fans finally get a home game under the lights? They do, and against an SEC squad they should demolish. It’s going to be game on at the Salty Dog, that’s for sure.
2. No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes at No. 16 Northwestern Wildcats – Saturday, Oct. 5 @ 8:00 p.m. EST, ABC
Like Stanford, any game at Northwestern is generally docked for the sake of sheer nerdiness. However, with both Ohio State and ESPN’s College GameDay headed to Evanston, fans are all but forced to have an unbelievable tailgate.
Hopefully, Buffalo Joe’s isn’t too crowded with wasted Wildcats fans. Scratch that – hopefully it’s packed out with sloppy Wildcats fans.
1. No. 22 Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish– Saturday, Oct. 5 @ 7:30 p.m. EST, NBC
Everything a game needs for insanity is rolled up in this convenient, neutral-site extravaganza. The home of the Dallas Cowboys hosts pumped up ASU and Notre Dame fans stoked for alternate uniforms and tailgating craziness.
It’s almost time to go nuts in the Lone Star State. Game on.