Best SEC game-weekend experience: No. 3 has food, tradition and loud fans


I don’t know about you, but I like to eat. And, man, I love Cajun cooking. So you had to know LSU would rank high on my list of best SEC game-weekend experiences.

Ralph & Kacoo’s and Mike Anderson’s Seafood, my favorite Baton Rouge restaurants, had much to do with LSU coming in at No. 3. But LSU is more than that. There’s tradition, an incredible setting at Tiger Stadium, passionate purple-and-gold-adorned fans, and a game at Tiger Stadium just sort of feels the way college football is supposed to feel.

I've probably worked some 20 games or so there and I'll bet at least 15 more were at night. LSU prefers to play at night, and the fans certainly can be intimidating under the ligts.

When you go, make sure you are in your seats at least 20 or 30 minutes before kickoff. That is when the loud speakers belt out "Callin' Baton Rouge" by Garth Brooks. The minute the faithful hear that familiar guitar riff to start the song, they rise to their feet and roar. And I'm not sure they ever stop.

No. 4 on my list is all about the tailgate. No. 5 features a great music scene, a great stadium and ardent fans. No. 6 is a place where it's all football, all the time. No. 7 on my list has one of the best student sections in the nation. No. 8 features horses, golf and bourbon, as well as football. No. 9 has trees and a famous corner. No. 10 features "tailgate trains," and No. 11 on my list is a must-visit place if you like music. Here's No. 12 on my list, and two schools tied for 13th.

What I liked best: Not even sure where to start, but that "Callin' Baton Rouge" thing is pretty good.

Location: Baton Rouge, La. (population of about 230,000)
Stadium: Tiger Stadium (102,321)
Enrollment: 31,527

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