Five Best Collegiate


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Louisiana State University: Cajun food, jazz music, and great football from a traditional powerhouse are the perfect ingredients for some of the best tailgate parties in the Southeastern Conference.

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Penn State: Before you watch living legend Joe Paterno pace the sidelines on Saturday, kick off your tailgate party on Thursday night in the aptly named Happy Valley. And don't worry about running out of space - Penn State provides one of the largest tailgate areas in the nation.

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University of Michigan: Tailgate on a golf course next to the largest and most storied stadium in the nation. Plus, the family-friendly atmosphere makes "the Big House" a great place to bring the kids.

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University of Mississippi: The Grove at Ole Miss is the best place to tailgate in the nation, says the "Commissioner of Tailgating," Joe Cahn. The world's only professional tailgater (visit his website, www.tailgating.com), he explains it as "Scarlett O'Hara meets the parking lot" because of the Southern hospitality.

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University of Washington: Here, you'll find the most unconventional tailgating in college football. Instead of just packing the parking lots with RVs, U-Dub fans also anchor hundreds of boats in Lake Washington. And instead of downing brews and brats, fans sip on fine wine while grilling salmon.