And this summer, according to 56 of the 62 FBS head coaches in the Amway coaches’ poll, Florida State still ranked as #1 heading into this season. That means tailgating will be at a fever pitch. Already a prime party outlet, Tallahassee tailgaters bury the campus in garnet and gold among the cypress trees and near-perfect weather. Food choices run hotter, with molten-like chilis, siren-worthy sausages and burgers smothered in spicy cheese sauce. Be sure to visit Sod Cemetery, where, for the past 50 years, the Noles have brought back and buried pieces of certain opponents’ turf. That’s the kind of attitude at FSU that leaks into their tailgating – impassioned and loyal with a bit of humor. Be sure to head into Doak Campbell Stadium early with the other 82,300 fans. You’ll want to be there when Chief Osceola gallops in on his Appaloosa, Renegade, and thrusts his flaming spear into midfield as a warrior’s challenge.
- Mascot: Seminoles
- Location: Tallahassee
- Biggest Asset: Jameis Winston
- Biggest Liability: Jameis Winston
- Field: Bobby Bowden
- National Championships: 3
- Most recent: Last season
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