Ragin' Cajuns are among tailgating best

September, 26, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

There are certain college football venues that are synonymous with tailgating, and most of them are home to major BCS schools. But the non-BCS, the little guys if you will, can cook and drink and celebrate college football with the best of them.

So where's the best place to find some non-BCS tailgating?

Lafayette, La., home of the Sun Belt's own Ragin' Cajuns.

Tent after tent of everything from jambalaya and grilled rabbit to gator and gumbo can be found on the tailgating menu. The free-flowing beverages; music; televisions; and loud, friendly people who want to see you have a good time regardless of whom you're routing for. And when it's a couple of hours before game time, the cheerleaders, marching band, players and coaches will do the Cajun Walk and give high-fives to the crowd lining the sidewalk. The Louisiana tailgate proclaims itself the best in the Sun Belt and we here at ESPN declared it the face of the Ragin' Cajuns program.

While Louisiana-Lafayette is the best tailgate, there are several other schools around the country with hearty traditions. East Carolina is known for its sea of purple and gold, including several RV and buses painted in the team's colors. The food of choice is often fried chicken or vinegar-based pork.

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