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30 Best Colleges for Tailgating

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College football is a wonderful thing; it's even better with tailgating.

College football games are an experience like no other. For new students, game day is a time to show your school pride, meet new friends, and celebrate your school being better (at least in spirit) than any opposing rival.

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And at the heart of any college football game, there is the tailgate. With backyard burgers, loud music and TVs, and fans of all ages, nothing brings together a college town quite like a tailgating experience. But what are the best schools for tailgating? We decided to seek it out for the fifth year in a row.

Because we want to spread the love, for 2017 we increased our ranking of the best colleges for tailgating from 25 to 30. With that new, higher number, we’ve added nine new schools to our ranking thanks to a combination of your survey feedback and our own research. Football giants like Notre Dame and Ohio State University have made the list, and newcomers like the University of Nebraska, Iowa State University, and the University of Oregon also get to shine after The Daily Meal readers raved about their pre-game festivities.

Did your alma mater make the list? Click here to check out our 30 best colleges for tailgating in 2017.

Carolyn Menyes, Hannah Hoskins, and Carlton Jared Lockett contributed to this report.