10 Unique College Football Tailgating Traditions

We’ve searched stadium parking lots (and waterways) across the country to bring you some of the most unique tailgating scenes to put on your bucket list this fall.

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The Yardbird

The Yardbird

The Yardbird is a juicy, smoked, Amish chicken breast drenched in mustard sauce, tossed with sauteed mushrooms and slathered with cheddar cheese, all piled with crispy applewood bacon. Get the recipe for the Yardbird sandwich from Slow's Bar-BQ in Detroit, Michigan. 960 1280

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Prime Rib Sandwich

Prime Rib Sandwich

The prime rib sandwich is a pile of tenderly-sliced grilled beef, sauteed onions, mushrooms and peppers on a toasted, crisp semolina bun that’s infused with the savory juices of the meat. If that’s not enough, you also have the option to dunk this delectable dish into a Wisconsin-style, butter-infused au jus. Get the recipe for the prime rib sandwich from Kroll's West in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 960 1280

  

La Torta del Rey

La Torta del Rey

The legendary Torta del Rey is made with 12 different ingredients, including breaded beef, pork, ham, chorizo, cheese, a fried egg, avocado, beans, tomatoes, onions and jalapenos. Get the recipe for the Torta del Rey from Los Reyes de la Torta in Phoenix, Arizona. 960 1280

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Fish Taco Torta

Fish Taco Torta

For the fish taco torta, deep-fried mahi mahi is placed inside a bun with tortilla chips. The crunchy combo is then topped with pico de gallo, creamy Peppadew slaw, lime juice, cilantro and habanero for an extra kick. Get the recipe for the fish taco torta from Tilia in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 960 1280

  

BBQ Brisket Sandwich

BBQ Brisket Sandwich

The sliced beef brisket sandwich -- chef Bobby Flay’s favorite sandwich -- is cooked over an open fire and served with onions, pickles and a habanero BBQ sauce. Get the recipe for the BBQ beef brisket sandwich from The Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas. 960 1280

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Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled pork topped with coleslaw and hot sauce. Get the recipe for the pulled pork sandwich from JR’s BBQ in Los Angeles, California 960 1280

  

Seared Beef Tongue Sandwich

Seared Beef Tongue Sandwich

The seared beef tongue sandwich is served with smoked green onions, red pepper relish and garlic aioli on freshly baked bread. Get the recipe for the Seared Beef Tongue sandwich from The Noble Pig in Austin, Texas.
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El Toro

El Toro

The El Toro is a chargrilled, deli-sliced tri-tip topped with special BBQ sauce on a bun. A note from the owner Phil: Don’t forget a roll of paper towels since the El Toro can be messy to eat! Get the recipe for the El Toro sandwich from Phil's BBQ in San Diego, California. 960 1280

  

Big-Ass Roast Beef Sandwich

Big-Ass Roast Beef Sandwich

This roast beef sandwich has slow-cooked roast beef and hand-cut french fries piled onto a ciabatta roll and covered with homemade bechamel sauce. Get the recipe for the roast beef sandwich from Big-Ass Sandwiches in Portland, Oregon.

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Oxtail Sandwich

Oxtail Sandwich

Called "a crazy mess" by the creator of this sandwich, the Oxtail is smothered in marinara sauce and topped with carrots, celery, onion and peppers. Get the recipe for the oxtail sandwich from Salumi in Seattle, Washington.
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Pork Belly Cubano

Pork Belly Cubano

Wanna make this sandwich for your next tailgate? Get the recipe for pork belly Cubano from Bunk Sandwiches in Portland, Oregon. 960 1280

  

The CSS Virginia

The CSS Virginia

This creation has with fried chicken livers loaded into a toasted French baguette with shredded cabbage, green onions, granny smith apple and remoulade sauce. Get the recipe for the CSS Virginia sandwich from The Blacksheep in Richmond, Virginia.

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Chicken Club Sandwich

Chicken Club Sandwich

It’s a triple-decker sandwich with grilled chicken, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, mayo and a sunny side up fried egg, all in three slices of sourdough bread. Get the recipe for the chicken club sandwich from the W Hotel in Washington, DC. 960 1280

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Crab Cake Sandwich

Crab Cake Sandwich

These traditional sammies are filled with 6.5 ounces of jumbo lump crabmeat, fried to perfection. Get the recipe for the famous crab cake sandwich from Faidley Seafood in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Italian Beef Sandwich

Italian Beef Sandwich

The fall-apart tender beef is piled high on top of an Italian Sausage grilled to perfection. It is topped with sweet hot peppers and Giardiniera, and is sandwiched between a hearty Italian roll that soaks up the au jus, giving it that extra burst of flavor. Get the recipe for the Italian beef sandwich from Al's Beef in Chicago, Illinois. 960 1280

  

Heart-Stopping BLT

Heart-Stopping BLT

This sandwich takes the BLT to a whole new level with a mountain of thick-sliced crisp bacon that is sure to fulfill every bacon lover's dream! Get the recipe for the Heart Stopping BLT sandwich from Crown Candy Kitchen in St. Louis, Missouri.
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The 4-Courser

The 4-Courser

The 4-courser sandwich has smoked pulled pork with a gouda bechamel sauce, pickles, jalapeno chips, sweet potato chips with BBQ sauce and a waffle-ized macaroni and cheese, all between a smoked pretzel bun. Get the recipe for the 4-Courser sandwich from The Fifty/50 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Chicken Conquistador

Chicken Conquistador

The Conquistador consists of a baked chicken breast served with lettuce, tomato and special sauce on French bread. Get the recipe for the chicken conquistador sandwich from Zunzi’s in Savannah, Georgia. 960 1280

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Asian Flank Steak Sandwich

Asian Flank Steak Sandwich

The Asian flank steak sandwich is only available on Mondays at Mitchell Delicatessen. But no need to panic, you can make it any day of the week. Get the recipe for the Asian Flank steak sandwich from Mitchell Delicatessen in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Chicken Cheddar Biscuit

Chicken Cheddar Biscuit

This sandwich has a crispy piece of fried chicken topped with an oozing piece of cheddar cheese resting between a large, fluffy biscuit. Get the recipe for the chicken cheddar biscuit from Time-Out restaurant in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Media Noche

Media Noche

The home of this sandwich has perfected the creation that is a twist on the classic Cubano. Wanna make this sandwich for your next tailgate? Get the recipe for the Media Noche sandwich from Aguila Sandwich Shop in Tampa, Florida. 960 1280

  

The Roast Pork Sandwich

The Roast Pork Sandwich

This signature sandwich includes slow-roasted pork topped with broccoli rabe and aged provolone on a baguette. Get the recipe for the Roast Pork sandwich from DiNic’s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 960 1280

  

The Grouper Reuben

The Grouper Reuben

This sandwich is a filet of grouper topped with melted Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and warm sauerkraut placed between two slices of marble rye bread. Get the recipe for the Grouper Reuben from Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa, Florida.
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Capp and Cheese

Capp and Cheese

This sandwich is made with the side dishes actually on the sandwich itself. Wanna make this sandwich for your next tailgate? Get the recipe for the Capp and Cheese from Primati Bros in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 960 1280

  

Shrimp Po-Boy

Shrimp Po-Boy

This sandwich has loads of fresh shrimp straight from the fry basket piled onto a loaf of locally made bread. It is dressed with tomato, lettuce and creole mustard with some pickles to top it off. Get the recipe for the shrimp po-boy from Domilises Po-Boy & Bar in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich

Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich

Although some people prefer this sandwich topped with coleslaw and russian dressing, the meats on this sandwich are topped with just mustard. Get the recipe for the corned beef and pastrami sandwich from Katz’s Delicatessen in New York, N.Y. 960 1280

  

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The Main Ingredient: The Food

The Main Ingredient: The Food

Whether you’re a vegetarian or a full-on carnivore, what food you bring can make or break a good tailgate. From burgers, chicken and steak to hot dogs, sausages, corn and other assorted veggies, make sure to know your crowd and pack accordingly. Sandwiches are also always a welcome addition, so try out these 26 unique sandwich recipes, and you’ll be the talk of the tailgate. 960 1280

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Chips and Dips

Chips and Dips

The best way to kick off any tailgate is to crack open a cold one and chow down on some appetizers. From guacamole and salsa to hummus and spinach, no matter what you decide to bring, you can never go wrong with chips and dip. And, if you’re looking for options other then chips, bring along some fresh cut-up vegetables like carrots, cucumber and celery, perfect for healthy dipping. 960 1280

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Charcoal and Matches / Portable Grill

Charcoal and Matches / Portable Grill

One of, if not the, most essential item on the tailgating checklist is a portable grill. If you want to make grilling quick and easy, bring a portable gas grill with an attached propane tank, but if you want that smoky bbq flavor (and believe me, you do), make sure to bring a bag of charcoal and some matches to get the party started. 960 1280

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Essential Utensils and Paper Products

Essential Utensils and Paper Products

Ideal for tailgating, plastic silverware and cups are useful and easy to dispose of. The same can be said with paper plates, napkins and paper towels. Bringing proper grilling utensils is also key, so if you have one, bring a grilling kit, equipped with tongs, a spatula and a cleaning brush. 960 1280

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Condiments

Condiments

As we all know, the importance of quality food is essential to quality taste. However, almost more important to ensure complete deliciousness are the condiments. Ketchup, mustard, relish, salt and pepper should be on hand at every tailgate, no ifs, ands or buts about it. 960 1280

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Beer, Wine, Water and More

Beer, Wine, Water and More

A major key to a successful tailgate is definitely your beverage selection. For early-season games in warm weather — and heck, all games for that matter — beer and wine are as essential to a tailgate as players are to a football game. When braving the cold, drinks like warm apple cider punch and spiked Thai coffee are sure to keep you warm and give you a nice buzz. And don’t forget to stay hydrated. Tailgating can be an all day event, so bring plenty of water to help stave off any pregame hangovers. 960 1280

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Over-the-Top Electronics

Over-the-Top Electronics

If you want to be considered the ultimate tailgater, that means pulling out all the stops. Make sure you bring a fully-charged speaker (wireless preferred) to get the party started with some tunes. But perhaps the greatest addition to any tailgate, is a flat-screen TV, perfect for watching pregame coverage or any other games being played during tailgating hours. Ideal locations for said TV are, the trunk of your SUV, the bed of your pickup truck or on top of your centerfold table under your pop-up tent (canopy). 960 1280

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Essential Pieces to the Electronic Puzzle

Essential Pieces to the Electronic Puzzle

In order to keep your status as the ultimate tailgater, you’ll need two very important pieces of equipment to get your TV up and running. An inverter charger that can be used like a household power outlet when connected to your car’s DC port, and a power strip that can hold the plugs for the cable box, TV and whatever other appliances you may have brought along. 960 1280

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Pop-Up Tent (Canopy)

Pop-Up Tent (Canopy)

Weather be damned! One thing is for sure when bringing a pop-up tent to a tailgate, you’ll be protected by anything mother nature sends your way. Keep yourself and the food dry when it rains or snows, relax in the shade when the sun is scorching down or set up your flat-screen for primo game watching without the glare. 960 1280

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Games, Games, Games

Games, Games, Games

Want to bring a little more fun to your tailgate before your team hits the field? A football has, and always will be, a priority for any tailgate. However, lawn games such as bocce ball, corn hole and can jam are becoming increasingly more popular at tailgates across the country. 960 1280

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Centerfold Table

Centerfold Table

Not only is a table a welcome addition, it’s practically a necessity to the tailgating checklist these days. Small enough to fold up and slide into tight spaces in your trunk, a centerfold table is ideal not only for something to eat on, but is also the perfect size to set up and play a tailgating favorite, beer pong. 960 1280

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Collapsible Chairs

Collapsible Chairs

You wanna be comfortable when your tailgating, right? Sure, you can always use the bed of your pickup or the trunk of your SUV to take a load off, but the most ideal sitting option would be to bring collapsible camping chairs — both comfortable and lightweight — and also easy to store. 960 1280

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Protect Yourself With Sprays and Lotions

Protect Yourself With Sprays and Lotions

During those early fall games, you definitely want to make sure your skin is protected. Tailgating can be an all-day affair, so make sure you bring sunscreen to avoid sun burn and bug repellant to stave off any unwanted bug bites. 960 1280

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Gear Up!

Gear Up!

Whether your at a home game or an away game, making your team allegiances known is an important part of tailgating tradition. From hats and t-shirts to flags, blankets and yes, the occasional blow-up figure, decorate your camp site in your favorite teams colors and apparel. 960 1280

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Don’t Forget These Key Items

Don’t Forget These Key Items

I can’t tell you how many tailgates I’ve been to where two very key items we’re missing. DO NOT forget to bring trash bags to clean up after yourself, and DO NOT forget to bring a bottle opener / wine key to help open your beverages. 960 1280

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A Camera / Phone

A Camera / Phone

There’s no better way to save all your favorite tailgating memories then snapping a few pics (and selfies!) of you and your crew. Trust me, if you are the ultimate tailgater, there’s plenty of fun to be had and you won’t want to ever forget it. 960 1280

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Syracuse University
Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY

A triangle-shaped park, Hanover Square was the first commercial district in Syracuse, NY, and comprises 17 historic buildings. Now the setting for many cultural gatherings and live music, the square was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. 960 1280

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Syracuse University - Buffalo Wings

Syracuse University - Buffalo Wings

In a state like New York — known for their iconic pizza — it’s hard to imagine another food breaking the cycle and taking over the top spot of most iconic food. With that being said, Buffalo wings may have originated down the road, but they’ve slowly made their way down I-90 from Buffalo to Syracuse, to make a serious push to the top that list, in the hometown of the Orangemen. 960 1280

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University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

In Tucson, AZ, the university's athletics teams were nicknamed the "wildcats" after the LA Times praised Arizona for showing "the fight of wildcats" in a 1914 football game against Occidental College. The image stuck as the school's official mascot. 960 1280

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University of Arizona - Sonoran Hot Dog

University of Arizona - Sonoran Hot Dog

"Bear Down" on the Sonoran hot dog, a staple on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson. Wrapped in bacon and topped with beans, onions, tomatoes, mayonnaise and more, this one-of-a-kind dog is sure to make your taste buds jump for joy. 960 1280

  

University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY

University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY

Surrounded by bars and restaurants serving up the finest bourbon in the world and plastered in UK apparel and keepsakes, downtown Lexington, KY, is one of, if not the, premiere college basketball town in America. Being the winningest program in NCAA history has its perks, and Big Blue Nation never lets you forget that. 960 1280

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University of Kentucky - Burgoo and Bourbon

University of Kentucky - Burgoo and Bourbon

Kentucky Burgoo, a stew typically made with 3 or more different kinds of meat and assorted vegetables like okra, lima beans and corn, has been a staple in Lexington for over 150 years. However, it doesn’t seem right to have anything else representing the state of Kentucky in the food and beverage debate other than bourbon. So, we’ve combined the two for a delicious burgoo and bourbon tailgate party. 960 1280

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University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC

Considered the social hub for university students, Franklin Street was named after Ben Franklin and has been in use since the university's construction began in the 1790s. The street is celebrated for its festivals, nightlife and myriad of shops.  960 1280

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University of North Carolina - Pulled Pork Sandwich

University of North Carolina - Pulled Pork Sandwich

On Tobacco Road, it’s a never ending blue-blood battle when it comes to basketball, and the same can be said for their barbecue. When you’re heading to Chapel Hill, NC, for a game, make sure to try a slow-smoked, hickory-wood flavored pulled pork sandwich. They may be the best in the south! 960 1280

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Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI

The largest private university in Wisconsin (and one of the largest Jesuit universities in the country), Marquette is located 1 mile from Lake Michigan, and is responsible for Milwaukee's reputation as one of America's great college basketball towns. 960 1280

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Marquette University - Bratwurst

Marquette University - Bratwurst

It’s hard to imagine heading to America’s Dairyland and not having cheese as the top choice, but when it comes to tailgating in Milwaukee, one dish reigns supreme — the bratwurst. Pair your brat with a delicious local beer and your well on your way to an epic tailgate. 960 1280

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University of Texas - Austin, TX

University of Texas - Austin, TX

With more students than any other college in Texas, the University of Texas at Austin has been recognized as "America's Best Sports College" by Sports Illustrated. The Texas Longhorns have long been revered as a powerful football team. In recent years, their men's basketball team has also made their name among the elite. 960 1280

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University of Texas - BBQ Brisket

University of Texas - BBQ Brisket

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that saying holds true when it comes to the local barbecue. If seasoned and cooked correctly (which should generally take about 12 hours in a smoker), the Texas-style barbecued brisket found in Austin is some of the most tender and juicy in the entire country. 960 1280

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Indiana University - Bloomington, IN

Indiana University - Bloomington, IN

Located in the heart of Bloomington, IN, Kirkwood Avenue is lined with bars, shops and restaurants. It was named for astronomer Daniel Kirkwood in 1895, whose observatory can be seen from the avenue.  960 1280

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Indiana University - Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

Indiana University - Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

Oh my, sweet sugar cream pie. Filled with vanilla-flavored cream and baked to perfection, no trip to Hoosier country is complete without a taste of the state’s rich, custard pie. 960 1280
Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN

Located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, Vanderbilt University started calling its sports teams the "Commodores" or the "'Dores" after the university's namesake Cornelius Vanderbilt, who made his fortune in shipping.  960 1280

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Vanderbilt University - Hot Chicken

Vanderbilt University - Hot Chicken

This dish may look like your average fried chicken, but we promise this Nashville specialty is unlike any other around the country. Dipped in a heavily-marinated paste that has been doused with cayenne pepper, this spicy treat is a must-try when marching through Commodore nation. 960 1280

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Ohio State University - Columbus, OH

Ohio State University - Columbus, OH

South Campus Gateway is a hub of entertainment in Columbus, OH. Considered the Main Street of Columbus, it is frequented by university students and neighborhood residents alike because of its many shops and restaurants. 960 1280

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Ohio State University - Buckeye Donuuts

Ohio State University - Buckeye Donuuts

Columbus, OH, may be considered the fast food capital of America, but on game days, it’s not fast food leaving it’s footprint on tailgating scene, it’s the delicious Buckeye donut. This chocolate donut with a peanut butter center is named after its resemblance to the buckeye nut and is the perfect way to end your tailgate with a bang. 960 1280
Georgetown University - Washington, DC

Georgetown University - Washington, DC

In Washington, DC, M Street is part of a major shopping district in the Georgetown neighborhood. Georgetown University is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the US. To this day, no one is quite sure why the university's team is called the "Hoyas." 960 1280

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Georgetown University - Half-Smoke

Georgetown University - Half-Smoke

This smoked, half-pork / half-beef sausage, is a specialty localized to the Washington D.C. area. Spiced with herbs, topped with onions and smothered in chili sauce, the half-smoke is a local favorite of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. 960 1280

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Duke University - Durham, NC

Duke University - Durham, NC

The American Tobacco skyline is home to Duke University, which changed its name to Duke in 1924 for tobacco industrialist James B. Duke. Durham, NC, embraces college basketball with fervor, selling out every men's home basketball game. 960 1280

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Duke University - Hush Puppies

Duke University - Hush Puppies

Separated by just 8 miles from "that other school" in Chapel Hill, Durham — the home of Duke University — also specializes in the barbecue game. However, there is one tasty, deep-fried side treat found in bbq joints across Durham that can rival it’s deliciousness: the small cornmeal cakes known as hush puppies. 960 1280

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Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI

The pride of East Lansing, MI, Michigan State University is not only home to a championship-winning men's basketball team, but it is also considered one of the country's "public Ivies." Meanwhile, Grand River Avenue is the hub of shopping and entertainment at the university. 960 1280

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Michigan State University - Pasty

Michigan State University - Pasty

A favorite of Sparty, students in East Lansing and Michiganders far and wide, this delightful pie-crust turnover, stuffed with assorted seasoned meats and potatoes, can be found all over the the northern part of the state. 960 1280
University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS

The home of the University of Kansas, downtown Lawrence, KS, is full of culture. It's home to an annual film festival, as well as a festival for buskers, or street performers. Lawrence is also filled with history; it  was named one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "most distinctive destinations." 960 1280

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University of Kansas - Kansas-Style Ribs

University of Kansas - Kansas-Style Ribs

Smothered in a dry rub consisting of brown sugar, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, paprika and garlic powder, these slabs of spare ribs are a must-try on any trip to land of the Jayhawks. 960 1280

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The Yardbird

The Yardbird

The Yardbird is a juicy, smoked, Amish chicken breast drenched in mustard sauce, tossed with sauteed mushrooms and slathered with cheddar cheese, all piled with crispy applewood bacon. Get the recipe for the Yardbird sandwich from Slow's Bar-BQ in Detroit, Michigan. 960 1280

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Prime Rib Sandwich

Prime Rib Sandwich

The prime rib sandwich is a pile of tenderly-sliced grilled beef, sauteed onions, mushrooms and peppers on a toasted, crisp semolina bun that’s infused with the savory juices of the meat. If that’s not enough, you also have the option to dunk this delectable dish into a Wisconsin-style, butter-infused au jus. Get the recipe for the prime rib sandwich from Kroll's West in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 960 1280

  

La Torta del Rey

La Torta del Rey

The legendary Torta del Rey is made with 12 different ingredients, including breaded beef, pork, ham, chorizo, cheese, a fried egg, avocado, beans, tomatoes, onions and jalapenos. Get the recipe for the Torta del Rey from Los Reyes de la Torta in Phoenix, Arizona. 960 1280

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Fish Taco Torta

Fish Taco Torta

For the fish taco torta, deep-fried mahi mahi is placed inside a bun with tortilla chips. The crunchy combo is then topped with pico de gallo, creamy Peppadew slaw, lime juice, cilantro and habanero for an extra kick. Get the recipe for the fish taco torta from Tilia in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 960 1280

  

BBQ Brisket Sandwich

BBQ Brisket Sandwich

The sliced beef brisket sandwich -- chef Bobby Flay’s favorite sandwich -- is cooked over an open fire and served with onions, pickles and a habanero BBQ sauce. Get the recipe for the BBQ beef brisket sandwich from The Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas. 960 1280

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Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled pork topped with coleslaw and hot sauce. Get the recipe for the pulled pork sandwich from JR’s BBQ in Los Angeles, California 960 1280

  

Seared Beef Tongue Sandwich

Seared Beef Tongue Sandwich

The seared beef tongue sandwich is served with smoked green onions, red pepper relish and garlic aioli on freshly baked bread. Get the recipe for the Seared Beef Tongue sandwich from The Noble Pig in Austin, Texas.
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El Toro

El Toro

The El Toro is a chargrilled, deli-sliced tri-tip topped with special BBQ sauce on a bun. A note from the owner Phil: Don’t forget a roll of paper towels since the El Toro can be messy to eat! Get the recipe for the El Toro sandwich from Phil's BBQ in San Diego, California. 960 1280

  

Big-Ass Roast Beef Sandwich

Big-Ass Roast Beef Sandwich

This roast beef sandwich has slow-cooked roast beef and hand-cut french fries piled onto a ciabatta roll and covered with homemade bechamel sauce. Get the recipe for the roast beef sandwich from Big-Ass Sandwiches in Portland, Oregon.

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Oxtail Sandwich

Oxtail Sandwich

Called "a crazy mess" by the creator of this sandwich, the Oxtail is smothered in marinara sauce and topped with carrots, celery, onion and peppers. Get the recipe for the oxtail sandwich from Salumi in Seattle, Washington.
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Pork Belly Cubano

Pork Belly Cubano

Wanna make this sandwich for your next tailgate? Get the recipe for pork belly Cubano from Bunk Sandwiches in Portland, Oregon. 960 1280

  

The CSS Virginia

The CSS Virginia

This creation has with fried chicken livers loaded into a toasted French baguette with shredded cabbage, green onions, granny smith apple and remoulade sauce. Get the recipe for the CSS Virginia sandwich from The Blacksheep in Richmond, Virginia.

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Chicken Club Sandwich

Chicken Club Sandwich

It’s a triple-decker sandwich with grilled chicken, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, mayo and a sunny side up fried egg, all in three slices of sourdough bread. Get the recipe for the chicken club sandwich from the W Hotel in Washington, DC. 960 1280

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Crab Cake Sandwich

Crab Cake Sandwich

These traditional sammies are filled with 6.5 ounces of jumbo lump crabmeat, fried to perfection. Get the recipe for the famous crab cake sandwich from Faidley Seafood in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Italian Beef Sandwich

Italian Beef Sandwich

The fall-apart tender beef is piled high on top of an Italian Sausage grilled to perfection. It is topped with sweet hot peppers and Giardiniera, and is sandwiched between a hearty Italian roll that soaks up the au jus, giving it that extra burst of flavor. Get the recipe for the Italian beef sandwich from Al's Beef in Chicago, Illinois. 960 1280

  

Heart-Stopping BLT

Heart-Stopping BLT

This sandwich takes the BLT to a whole new level with a mountain of thick-sliced crisp bacon that is sure to fulfill every bacon lover's dream! Get the recipe for the Heart Stopping BLT sandwich from Crown Candy Kitchen in St. Louis, Missouri.
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The 4-Courser

The 4-Courser

The 4-courser sandwich has smoked pulled pork with a gouda bechamel sauce, pickles, jalapeno chips, sweet potato chips with BBQ sauce and a waffle-ized macaroni and cheese, all between a smoked pretzel bun. Get the recipe for the 4-Courser sandwich from The Fifty/50 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Chicken Conquistador

Chicken Conquistador

The Conquistador consists of a baked chicken breast served with lettuce, tomato and special sauce on French bread. Get the recipe for the chicken conquistador sandwich from Zunzi’s in Savannah, Georgia. 960 1280

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Asian Flank Steak Sandwich

Asian Flank Steak Sandwich

The Asian flank steak sandwich is only available on Mondays at Mitchell Delicatessen. But no need to panic, you can make it any day of the week. Get the recipe for the Asian Flank steak sandwich from Mitchell Delicatessen in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Chicken Cheddar Biscuit

Chicken Cheddar Biscuit

This sandwich has a crispy piece of fried chicken topped with an oozing piece of cheddar cheese resting between a large, fluffy biscuit. Get the recipe for the chicken cheddar biscuit from Time-Out restaurant in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Media Noche

Media Noche

The home of this sandwich has perfected the creation that is a twist on the classic Cubano. Wanna make this sandwich for your next tailgate? Get the recipe for the Media Noche sandwich from Aguila Sandwich Shop in Tampa, Florida. 960 1280

  

The Roast Pork Sandwich

The Roast Pork Sandwich

This signature sandwich includes slow-roasted pork topped with broccoli rabe and aged provolone on a baguette. Get the recipe for the Roast Pork sandwich from DiNic’s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 960 1280

  

The Grouper Reuben

The Grouper Reuben

This sandwich is a filet of grouper topped with melted Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and warm sauerkraut placed between two slices of marble rye bread. Get the recipe for the Grouper Reuben from Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa, Florida.
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Capp and Cheese

Capp and Cheese

This sandwich is made with the side dishes actually on the sandwich itself. Wanna make this sandwich for your next tailgate? Get the recipe for the Capp and Cheese from Primati Bros in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 960 1280

  

Shrimp Po-Boy

Shrimp Po-Boy

This sandwich has loads of fresh shrimp straight from the fry basket piled onto a loaf of locally made bread. It is dressed with tomato, lettuce and creole mustard with some pickles to top it off. Get the recipe for the shrimp po-boy from Domilises Po-Boy & Bar in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich

Corned Beef and Pastrami Sandwich

Although some people prefer this sandwich topped with coleslaw and russian dressing, the meats on this sandwich are topped with just mustard. Get the recipe for the corned beef and pastrami sandwich from Katz’s Delicatessen in New York, N.Y. 960 1280

  

The Main Ingredient: The Food

The Main Ingredient: The Food

Whether you’re a vegetarian or a full-on carnivore, what food you bring can make or break a good tailgate. From burgers, chicken and steak to hot dogs, sausages, corn and other assorted veggies, make sure to know your crowd and pack accordingly. Sandwiches are also always a welcome addition, so try out these 26 unique sandwich recipes, and you’ll be the talk of the tailgate. 960 1280

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Chips and Dips

Chips and Dips

The best way to kick off any tailgate is to crack open a cold one and chow down on some appetizers. From guacamole and salsa to hummus and spinach, no matter what you decide to bring, you can never go wrong with chips and dip. And, if you’re looking for options other then chips, bring along some fresh cut-up vegetables like carrots, cucumber and celery, perfect for healthy dipping. 960 1280

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Charcoal and Matches / Portable Grill

Charcoal and Matches / Portable Grill

One of, if not the, most essential item on the tailgating checklist is a portable grill. If you want to make grilling quick and easy, bring a portable gas grill with an attached propane tank, but if you want that smoky bbq flavor (and believe me, you do), make sure to bring a bag of charcoal and some matches to get the party started. 960 1280

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Essential Utensils and Paper Products

Essential Utensils and Paper Products

Ideal for tailgating, plastic silverware and cups are useful and easy to dispose of. The same can be said with paper plates, napkins and paper towels. Bringing proper grilling utensils is also key, so if you have one, bring a grilling kit, equipped with tongs, a spatula and a cleaning brush. 960 1280

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Condiments

Condiments

As we all know, the importance of quality food is essential to quality taste. However, almost more important to ensure complete deliciousness are the condiments. Ketchup, mustard, relish, salt and pepper should be on hand at every tailgate, no ifs, ands or buts about it. 960 1280

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Beer, Wine, Water and More

Beer, Wine, Water and More

A major key to a successful tailgate is definitely your beverage selection. For early-season games in warm weather — and heck, all games for that matter — beer and wine are as essential to a tailgate as players are to a football game. When braving the cold, drinks like warm apple cider punch and spiked Thai coffee are sure to keep you warm and give you a nice buzz. And don’t forget to stay hydrated. Tailgating can be an all day event, so bring plenty of water to help stave off any pregame hangovers. 960 1280

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Over-the-Top Electronics

Over-the-Top Electronics

If you want to be considered the ultimate tailgater, that means pulling out all the stops. Make sure you bring a fully-charged speaker (wireless preferred) to get the party started with some tunes. But perhaps the greatest addition to any tailgate, is a flat-screen TV, perfect for watching pregame coverage or any other games being played during tailgating hours. Ideal locations for said TV are, the trunk of your SUV, the bed of your pickup truck or on top of your centerfold table under your pop-up tent (canopy). 960 1280

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Essential Pieces to the Electronic Puzzle

Essential Pieces to the Electronic Puzzle

In order to keep your status as the ultimate tailgater, you’ll need two very important pieces of equipment to get your TV up and running. An inverter charger that can be used like a household power outlet when connected to your car’s DC port, and a power strip that can hold the plugs for the cable box, TV and whatever other appliances you may have brought along. 960 1280

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Pop-Up Tent (Canopy)

Pop-Up Tent (Canopy)

Weather be damned! One thing is for sure when bringing a pop-up tent to a tailgate, you’ll be protected by anything mother nature sends your way. Keep yourself and the food dry when it rains or snows, relax in the shade when the sun is scorching down or set up your flat-screen for primo game watching without the glare. 960 1280

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Games, Games, Games

Games, Games, Games

Want to bring a little more fun to your tailgate before your team hits the field? A football has, and always will be, a priority for any tailgate. However, lawn games such as bocce ball, corn hole and can jam are becoming increasingly more popular at tailgates across the country. 960 1280

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Centerfold Table

Centerfold Table

Not only is a table a welcome addition, it’s practically a necessity to the tailgating checklist these days. Small enough to fold up and slide into tight spaces in your trunk, a centerfold table is ideal not only for something to eat on, but is also the perfect size to set up and play a tailgating favorite, beer pong. 960 1280

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Collapsible Chairs

Collapsible Chairs

You wanna be comfortable when your tailgating, right? Sure, you can always use the bed of your pickup or the trunk of your SUV to take a load off, but the most ideal sitting option would be to bring collapsible camping chairs — both comfortable and lightweight — and also easy to store. 960 1280

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Protect Yourself With Sprays and Lotions

Protect Yourself With Sprays and Lotions

During those early fall games, you definitely want to make sure your skin is protected. Tailgating can be an all-day affair, so make sure you bring sunscreen to avoid sun burn and bug repellant to stave off any unwanted bug bites. 960 1280

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Gear Up!

Gear Up!

Whether your at a home game or an away game, making your team allegiances known is an important part of tailgating tradition. From hats and t-shirts to flags, blankets and yes, the occasional blow-up figure, decorate your camp site in your favorite teams colors and apparel. 960 1280

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Don’t Forget These Key Items

Don’t Forget These Key Items

I can’t tell you how many tailgates I’ve been to where two very key items we’re missing. DO NOT forget to bring trash bags to clean up after yourself, and DO NOT forget to bring a bottle opener / wine key to help open your beverages. 960 1280

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A Camera / Phone

A Camera / Phone

There’s no better way to save all your favorite tailgating memories then snapping a few pics (and selfies!) of you and your crew. Trust me, if you are the ultimate tailgater, there’s plenty of fun to be had and you won’t want to ever forget it. 960 1280

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Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY

A triangle-shaped park, Hanover Square was the first commercial district in Syracuse, NY, and comprises 17 historic buildings. Now the setting for many cultural gatherings and live music, the square was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. 960 1280

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Syracuse University - Buffalo Wings

Syracuse University - Buffalo Wings

In a state like New York — known for their iconic pizza — it’s hard to imagine another food breaking the cycle and taking over the top spot of most iconic food. With that being said, Buffalo wings may have originated down the road, but they’ve slowly made their way down I-90 from Buffalo to Syracuse, to make a serious push to the top that list, in the hometown of the Orangemen. 960 1280

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University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

In Tucson, AZ, the university's athletics teams were nicknamed the "wildcats" after the LA Times praised Arizona for showing "the fight of wildcats" in a 1914 football game against Occidental College. The image stuck as the school's official mascot. 960 1280

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University of Arizona - Sonoran Hot Dog

University of Arizona - Sonoran Hot Dog

"Bear Down" on the Sonoran hot dog, a staple on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson. Wrapped in bacon and topped with beans, onions, tomatoes, mayonnaise and more, this one-of-a-kind dog is sure to make your taste buds jump for joy. 960 1280

  

University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY

University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY

Surrounded by bars and restaurants serving up the finest bourbon in the world and plastered in UK apparel and keepsakes, downtown Lexington, KY, is one of, if not the, premiere college basketball town in America. Being the winningest program in NCAA history has its perks, and Big Blue Nation never lets you forget that. 960 1280

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University of Kentucky - Burgoo and Bourbon

University of Kentucky - Burgoo and Bourbon

Kentucky Burgoo, a stew typically made with 3 or more different kinds of meat and assorted vegetables like okra, lima beans and corn, has been a staple in Lexington for over 150 years. However, it doesn’t seem right to have anything else representing the state of Kentucky in the food and beverage debate other than bourbon. So, we’ve combined the two for a delicious burgoo and bourbon tailgate party. 960 1280

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University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC

Considered the social hub for university students, Franklin Street was named after Ben Franklin and has been in use since the university's construction began in the 1790s. The street is celebrated for its festivals, nightlife and myriad of shops.  960 1280

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University of North Carolina - Pulled Pork Sandwich

University of North Carolina - Pulled Pork Sandwich

On Tobacco Road, it’s a never ending blue-blood battle when it comes to basketball, and the same can be said for their barbecue. When you’re heading to Chapel Hill, NC, for a game, make sure to try a slow-smoked, hickory-wood flavored pulled pork sandwich. They may be the best in the south! 960 1280

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Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI

The largest private university in Wisconsin (and one of the largest Jesuit universities in the country), Marquette is located 1 mile from Lake Michigan, and is responsible for Milwaukee's reputation as one of America's great college basketball towns. 960 1280

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Marquette University - Bratwurst

Marquette University - Bratwurst

It’s hard to imagine heading to America’s Dairyland and not having cheese as the top choice, but when it comes to tailgating in Milwaukee, one dish reigns supreme — the bratwurst. Pair your brat with a delicious local beer and your well on your way to an epic tailgate. 960 1280

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University of Texas - Austin, TX

University of Texas - Austin, TX

With more students than any other college in Texas, the University of Texas at Austin has been recognized as "America's Best Sports College" by Sports Illustrated. The Texas Longhorns have long been revered as a powerful football team. In recent years, their men's basketball team has also made their name among the elite. 960 1280

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University of Texas - BBQ Brisket

University of Texas - BBQ Brisket

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that saying holds true when it comes to the local barbecue. If seasoned and cooked correctly (which should generally take about 12 hours in a smoker), the Texas-style barbecued brisket found in Austin is some of the most tender and juicy in the entire country. 960 1280

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Indiana University - Bloomington, IN

Indiana University - Bloomington, IN

Located in the heart of Bloomington, IN, Kirkwood Avenue is lined with bars, shops and restaurants. It was named for astronomer Daniel Kirkwood in 1895, whose observatory can be seen from the avenue.  960 1280

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Indiana University - Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

Indiana University - Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie

Oh my, sweet sugar cream pie. Filled with vanilla-flavored cream and baked to perfection, no trip to Hoosier country is complete without a taste of the state’s rich, custard pie. 960 1280
Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN

Located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, Vanderbilt University started calling its sports teams the "Commodores" or the "'Dores" after the university's namesake Cornelius Vanderbilt, who made his fortune in shipping.  960 1280

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Vanderbilt University - Hot Chicken

Vanderbilt University - Hot Chicken

This dish may look like your average fried chicken, but we promise this Nashville specialty is unlike any other around the country. Dipped in a heavily-marinated paste that has been doused with cayenne pepper, this spicy treat is a must-try when marching through Commodore nation. 960 1280

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Ohio State University - Columbus, OH

Ohio State University - Columbus, OH

South Campus Gateway is a hub of entertainment in Columbus, OH. Considered the Main Street of Columbus, it is frequented by university students and neighborhood residents alike because of its many shops and restaurants. 960 1280

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Ohio State University - Buckeye Donuuts

Ohio State University - Buckeye Donuuts

Columbus, OH, may be considered the fast food capital of America, but on game days, it’s not fast food leaving it’s footprint on tailgating scene, it’s the delicious Buckeye donut. This chocolate donut with a peanut butter center is named after its resemblance to the buckeye nut and is the perfect way to end your tailgate with a bang. 960 1280
Georgetown University - Washington, DC

Georgetown University - Washington, DC

In Washington, DC, M Street is part of a major shopping district in the Georgetown neighborhood. Georgetown University is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the US. To this day, no one is quite sure why the university's team is called the "Hoyas." 960 1280

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Georgetown University - Half-Smoke

Georgetown University - Half-Smoke

This smoked, half-pork / half-beef sausage, is a specialty localized to the Washington D.C. area. Spiced with herbs, topped with onions and smothered in chili sauce, the half-smoke is a local favorite of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. 960 1280

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Duke University - Durham, NC

Duke University - Durham, NC

The American Tobacco skyline is home to Duke University, which changed its name to Duke in 1924 for tobacco industrialist James B. Duke. Durham, NC, embraces college basketball with fervor, selling out every men's home basketball game. 960 1280

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Duke University - Hush Puppies

Duke University - Hush Puppies

Separated by just 8 miles from "that other school" in Chapel Hill, Durham — the home of Duke University — also specializes in the barbecue game. However, there is one tasty, deep-fried side treat found in bbq joints across Durham that can rival it’s deliciousness: the small cornmeal cakes known as hush puppies. 960 1280

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Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI

Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI

The pride of East Lansing, MI, Michigan State University is not only home to a championship-winning men's basketball team, but it is also considered one of the country's "public Ivies." Meanwhile, Grand River Avenue is the hub of shopping and entertainment at the university. 960 1280

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Michigan State University - Pasty

Michigan State University - Pasty

A favorite of Sparty, students in East Lansing and Michiganders far and wide, this delightful pie-crust turnover, stuffed with assorted seasoned meats and potatoes, can be found all over the the northern part of the state. 960 1280
University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS

The home of the University of Kansas, downtown Lawrence, KS, is full of culture. It's home to an annual film festival, as well as a festival for buskers, or street performers. Lawrence is also filled with history; it  was named one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "most distinctive destinations." 960 1280

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University of Kansas - Kansas-Style Ribs

University of Kansas - Kansas-Style Ribs

Smothered in a dry rub consisting of brown sugar, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, paprika and garlic powder, these slabs of spare ribs are a must-try on any trip to land of the Jayhawks. 960 1280

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