This category was contentious. College football is one of the few topics that can make any reasonable Southerner abandon decorum, even civility, but the Southern Living poll underestimated to just what degree school spirit would show in the poll of the South’s Best Tailgate.
After a year of upsets in the national press, the results of the contest proved similar. The Crimson Tide and the Ole Miss Rebels square off again, and while the pairing isn’t unfamiliar, the stakes are high in a way unprecedented in our publication’s history.
Clemson has been awarded the title for best tailgate a time or two. But this year’s competition has brought in more votes and more ire and passion in our 51-year history than any other tailgating tango. While this might be a sore spot for Auburn, a bitter pill for Tennessee, and just downright bull for Texas fans, the readers were loud and clear.
Remember that fabled football phrase, there’s always next year!
On the list this year:
11. Virginia Tech
If you live at Foxridge, an apartment in Blacksburg, VA, keep making us proud with your tailgating!