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UT, A&M named as contenders for 'The South's Best Tailgate'

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Let's be honest. There isn't much better than tailgating before your favorite team's game and many agree that the South knows how to tailgate like none other. Some take it more casually than others - setting up a small grill two or three hours before the game to cook some hot dogs and meet up with old friends. Then there are the die-hards who arrive two or three days before the game to get the best parking spot for their RVs, which are complete with flat-screen TVs, satellite dishes and refrigerators.

Southern Living magazine announced the top schools for tailgating in the South and the University of Texas and Texas A&M were both named as a finalists.

"In the South, pre-game celebrations matter as much as what happens on the field," said Southern Living Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Bierman. "We're asking readers to decide which school best honors our great tradition of Southern hospitality with the most stylish and spirited spread."

The top 15 include:

  • Appalachian State University
  • Clemson University
  • Florida State University
  • Lousiana State University
  • Marshall University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Texas
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Virginia Tech
  • West Virginia University

The universities were chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Most spirited - schools that turn "fan" into "fanatic"
  • Traditionalists - schools renowned for game-day rituals
  • Powerhouses - schools with a history of winning on and off the field
  • Style setters - from sundresses to cake stands, these schools showcase true splendor in the grass
You can vote for your favorite Southern team daily until September 30 at southernliving.com/tailgate. Voters are entered daily for a chance to win $2,500 toward an ultimate tailgate. Southern Living will crown the winner at a home game this fall.

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