Happy Valley, Madison top Big Ten tailgates
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
When the forefathers of tailgating conceived the great American pastime, they had Big Ten football in mind. The cool autumn weather, the country's three biggest stadiums and the Midwestern cultural pillars of beer and meat have made tailgating a natural fit from State College to Iowa City.
Big Ten fans don't let those pesky noon or 11 a.m. kickoff times get in their way of grilling, eating, drinking and socializing. And while each Big Ten fan base puts its own flavor on the tailgate, two stand out.
When Penn State plays a home football game, State College turns into the third-largest city in Pennsylvania. The grounds outside Beaver Stadium fill with RVs, TVs and tens of thousands of fans, many of whom remain there while the game is being played. The sheer size of the stadium and the tailgating territory make Penn State a tailgater's paradise. As for food, one Penn State tailgating Web site includes recipes for something called sub slop and a snack mix nicknamed heart attack in a blue bowl. Good stuff.
Not far behind Penn State is Wisconsin, which never lets the weather get in the way of brats and beers. Madison is a metropolitan city, so tailgating becomes a bit cozier, but Badger fans don't mind. Walk along Regent Street before a game and you'll find full bars, brats, cheese and plenty of Badgers having a blast.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State