Best SEC game-weekend experience: No. 4 is all about the tailgate


Two things: The Grove and Como Steakhouse. Nothing else really matters.

Ole Miss is high on my list of best SEC game-weekend experiences, all the way up at No. 4. So much to love about a game there. But those two are tops.

First, The Grove. No, it is not the only place people in Oxford tailgate. But it should be. There is a stage right in the middle of this gorgeous piece of land for radio shows, speakers, bands, etc. But other than that, it is just well-dressed, preppy, good-looking fans who truly prepare for this. They prepare their tailgates, food, satellite dishes, clothing – everything – for their biggest seven days of the year.

And on the way out of town, you have to stop in Como, Miss., about 40 miles away, where I think the only thing the town has is a steakhouse. A great steakhouse.

Oxford also has a cool downtown square, where everyone goes out the night before and night of the big game.

Football at Ole Miss over the years has been up and down. But not the setting. Truly southern, truly preppy and truly important to everyone who attends a game there.

No. 5 on my list 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: A tie. The Grove and Como Steakhouse.

Location: Oxford, Miss. (population of about 21,000)
Stadium: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (64,038)
Enrollment: 23,838

© 2016, Frank Frangie. All rights reserved.

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