BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Clemson University has long been recognized for the opening of its football games, which have been dubbed "the most exciting 25 seconds in college football.'
But what happens before the Clemson Tigers play has also been recognized - for the second year in a row.
Clemson University has held on to the title of the school with the “South’s Best Tailgate” in the second-annual contest held by Southern Living.
To celebrate the rich tradition of pre-game celebrations, editors at Southern Living named the top 15 Southern schools with the most spirited tailgates and let readers determine the winner. From August 16 to September 30, fans cast more than 400,000 votes for their home teams online and via smartphone. Reigning champion Clemson clinched the title again this year. Louisiana State University took third place and Oklahoma State University took second.
The Clemson Tigers initially made the pre-season list for the enthusiasm of the purple and orange-clad fans who tailgate before, during, and after the game, the tradition of “Running Down the Hill” into Death Valley, and the spirited crooning of the “Tiger Rag.”
Southern Living chose the 15 finalists based on the following criteria:
· Most Spirited: Schools that turn “fan” into “fanatic.”
· Traditionalists: Schools renowned for game-day rituals.
· Powerhouses: Southern schools with a history of winning on and off the field (the most bowl victories).
· Style Setters: From sundresses to cake stands, these schools showcase true splendor in the grass.