Best College Football Tailgating Experience in the Big 12

Best College Football Tailgating Experience in the Big 12
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Despite the mercury hovering around the triple-digit mark, the 12-week circus that is college football season is drawing nearer by the day, which means that Saturdays are about to get a whole lot more entertaining in places like Lawrence and Manhattan.  

The latter is among the leaders in tailgating among the newly expanded Big 12 Conference, with the Kansas State Wildcats scoring the third most points of any team in the league, behind Pac-12 expats ASU and Utah.  

We’re getting closer to tailgating season for college football fans across the country. paused Kansas sports betting updates and wanted to know where the best tailgating experiences are out of the Big 12 Conference. Using, and, we factored in food and beverage, atmosphere, fans, return on investment, and overall records in our scoring system to find the top 10 campuses for college football tailgating in the Big 12. 

Top 10 Big 12 Tailgating Experiences

You won't find this info on Kansas Sports betting apps, but it will surely guide you if you're planning a trip to any of these venues. 



Total Score 

Arizona Sun Devils 


Utah Utes 



Kansas State Wildcats 


Oklahoma State Cowboys 


TCU Horned Frogs 


Colorado Buffaloes 



UCF Knights 


Texas Tech Red Raiders 



West Virginia Mountaineers 



Arizona Wildcats 


Where K-State Ranks in the Big 12

Of the top 10 teams in the expanded Big 12 sphere, K-State’s score of 222 points ranked third overall, behind ASU’s total of 233 points and Utah’s sum of 232 points and ahead of Oklahoma State’s 204.  

The bottom of the league’s top 10 includes schools like Arizona, which finished with 171 points, while West Virginia (173 points), Texas Tech (183 points), UCF (185 points), Colorado (191 points) and TCU (193 points) rounded out the upper end of the conference’s tailgating list.  

Of the six schools that didn’t make the top 10 in the expanded Big 12, Kansas and their newly revived football program did not make the cut, joining schools like Baylor, BYU, Cincinnati, Iowa State and Houston.  

At least KU football fans can take credence in the fact that oddsmakers at FanDuel Sportsbook list the Jayhawks just behind their Sunflower State rivals when it comes to Big 12 championship odds, with KU coming in at +850 (third overall) to K-State’s +350 (second overall behind Utah’s +290).  

The two sides will have a shot at settling their scores when the two Kansas programs meet in the Little Apple on Oct. 26, as KU looks for their first win in the series since 2009.

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Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan is a lead writer at specializing in covering state issues. He covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years.

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