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Favorite Foods by College Football Conferences (Infographic)

Favorite Foods by College Football Conferences

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The start of college football season may mean a different team for everyone, but one thing everyone can agree on is the food. Here are the top favorite tailgate foods by fans of the college football conferences across the country.


The ACC – The Mid and South Atlantic

  • New York-Style Hot Dogs
    • There’s nothing like watching your favorite team while chowing down on a no-plate-needed hot dog. To make it truly New York style, don’t forget the spicy brown mustard, sauerkraut and onions.


The Big 12 –The Midwest and South Central

  • BBQ Chicken and Ribs
    • Football is all about getting rowdy and loud. A plateful of eat-with-your-hands BBQ is just what fans in Kansas and Texas serve to bring people together at the tailgate.


The Big 10 – The Midwest and Atlantic

  • Chili
    • When the weather starts to turn chilly at the start of the fall football season, fans from Michigan and Ohio to Maryland and Pennsylvania warm up and satisfy hungry bellies with a bowl of chili.


The Pac-12 – The Pacific West Coast

  • Fish Tacos

The Pacific west coast is known for its fresh seafood. Pick up some fresh local fish, sear it on the grill or deep fry it, and pack it into some taco shells with fresh salsa for an easy to eat and put together meal perfect for an afternoon tailgate.


The SEC – The South

  • Gumbo
    • A big pot of warm sausage, veggies, and rice gumbo is the perfect one-pot, no-fuss dish for Southern tailgates. Pair the gumbo with some ham-stuffed biscuits with mustard butter, and you’ve got a winning combo.

Take some inspiration from these college football fans for your next tailgate and you’ll be sure to leave the game satisfied, win or lose.


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