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a young woman and a young man tailgatingThe days are getting shorter. The air is getting crisper. And the fall colors are beginning to show themselves in all their autumn glory. There’s the Crimson and Cream of Alabama, the Orange and White of Tennessee and the Green and Gold of Oregon, just to name a few. These are the colors of college football. And nothing goes better with college football than tailgating. (Of course you can tailgate at high school and pro games as well. But, let’s face it, there’s just something about college football, am I right?)

So, in honor of the happiest season of the year for college football fans, let’s break down a game plan on how you should save or splurge your hard-earned dollars when tailgating this year.



One of the great things about a tailgating road trip is it’s a great way to strengthen the friendships you already have or make new ones. But the prices of gas and parking can be steep. So grab your friends, carpool to the game and share the expenses. It’s Economics 101!


You’ve got your friends, you’ve shown up to the tailgate and you’re having a great time. Cool. Crazy question: Do you really even need to pay for tickets to see the game? With Internet-ready devices and Wi-Fi hotspots all over the place, you can have a front-row seat on the 50-yard line complete with super slow-mo replay without even entering the stadium.


One of the joys of tailgating is doing a lot more than, well, sitting on tailgates. You can grab a friend and play the second best game ever invented…Cornhole! (The best game ever invented is obviously college football, duh.) For those of you not in the know, Cornhole is a simple game where you throw bags of corn at a hole in wooden boards. That’s it. Cornhole is a great game to play at tailgates because you can paint the logo of your favorite team on the hole boards. And it’s really cheap and easy to make your very own game. You’ll find everything you need, courtesy of the DIY Network, here.



All that money you’ve saved getting to the tailgate can now be splurged on eating and drinking at the tailgate. A Saturday afternoon tailgate is not the time to cheap out or experiment with the newest diet craze. This is your free day, so make the most of it! Barbecue is a great choice for a main course. Brisket, pulled pork, full slabs of ribs – these are the meats that will earn you the respect and mouth-watering adulation of your fellow tailgaters.

Recreational Vehicle

Let’s say you and your friends or family members have decided to turn a typical tailgate into a serious cross-country road trip. Renting a recreational vehicle and splitting the expenses will cost you far less than even the cheapest of cheap hotels. Plus, if you do a little digging, you may be able to find a fellow fan of your team who already has a tricked out R.V. in your alma mater’s colors. Imagine rolling into a tailgate in enemy territory in a Winnebago adorned in Spartan Green and White, Auburn Blue and Orange or Irish Navy and Gold!

Audio-Visual Gear

Remember earlier how we talked about watching the game from the tailgate and not even going into the stadium? Well, if this is your choice, you’re going to have to splurge on some killer audio-visual gear. All that awesome barbecue is going to attract a crowd. So you’re going to need to rent or buy a flat screen high-definition TV that’s big enough to be seen by all. And a surround sound system that’s loud enough to be heard by all. All this gear can be run off of your R.V.’s power or better yet, you can bring along a small gas-powered generator. Check out this link to whet your audio-video appetite.

Do you agree? Should you splurge on an R.V. but save on game tickets? Want your favorite school included in the next article about college sports? Let us know in the comments below!

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