The Tailgating Guide for Scouted College Towns

It’s officially Fall, which means our social calendars are likely conducive to the schedules set forth by our local college football team…and let’s be honest, we wouldn’t have it any other way. When you consider that towns all over are operating off of the same agenda, it brings a nostalgic energy into the air and proves that in the end, we’re all really more alike than we are different. 

As such, we’ve teamed up with editors across #ScoutedCollegeTowns to bring you a roundup of local traditions. Whether you’re traveling to support your team or catching a game while on vacay, our fellow editors share their local spots equipped with must haves for the perfect Game Day! 

The DKR stadium in Austin, Texas filled with burnt-orange clad fans gameday.
Image via Burnt Orange Nation


Scouted Spirit | A ranch water from Ranch Rider Spirits or a to-go Margarita from Maudie’s Milagro 

Favorite Tradition | The burnt orange tower after a win 

Go-to Local Items | Gameday Cups from Paper Place, Yeti Cooler and to-go ranchero tacos from Texas Honey Ham 

Gameday Fits | Grove Hill ATX, Estilo or Lux Rox Boutique for the fits + Hampton Road Designs for the most chic clear bag out there 

Rival | Oklahoma

The Boulevard at SMU before a football game.
Image via SMU


Scouted Spirit | A ranch water or a frozen ‘Mambo Taxi’ from Mi Cocina 

Favorite Tradition | ‘Boulevarding’ before the game in front of the iconic Dallas Hall

Go-To Local Items | Kolaches from Mustang Donuts for when the tailgate kicks off early for the 11AM games, or BBQ from Pecan Lodge

Gameday Fits | Kat + Noelle, Clover or Cabana  

Rival | TCU

TCU fans hold up a massive purple "Riff Ram Bah Zoo" flag at a football game.
Image via Big 12 Conference


Scouted Spirit | Scouted Interior Designer and TCU Alum, Kelley Roberts, of Beckley Design Studio, likes to serve drinks over ice at their tailgate party. From Margaritas, Ranch Waters, and Palomas to a beer in an always purple TCU koozie! 

Favorite Tradition | Kids running on the field prior to kick off, Riff Ram Bah Zoo Chants and the celebrity guest that always appears on the Riff Ram video on the jumbotron each game

Go-to Local Items | Purple cookies from Bluebonnet Bakery

Gameday Fits | You are Here FW, Hale House, Shop Birdie, City Boots + Clearly Handbags 

Rival | SMU + Baylor

The Texas tech football stadium on gameday.
Image via NBC Sports.


Scouted Spirit | A Chilton 

Favorite Tradition | The Tortilla Toss at Kickoff  

Go-to Local Items | Evie Mae’s or Chimy’s Nachos 

Gameday Fits | Maj Boutique, J. Hoffman’s, STOCK Style Shop, Sideline Provisions 

Rival | Everyone

University of Memphis mascot leading the football team onto the field on gameday.
Image via ESPN


Scouted Spirit | A beer from a local spot

Favorite Tradition | Tailgating on Tiger Lane with Pounce

Go-to Local Items | It’s not a Memphis tailgate without Corky’s BBQ

Gameday Fits | Kittie Kyle + James Davis

Rival | Arkansas State

Ole Miss cheerleaders welcome the University of Mississippi.
Image via Ole Miss Pix


Scouted Spirit | Anything with Wonderbird Spirits or A Funkys Daiquiri if you’re cheering on the Rebs from The Square

Favorite Tradition | Hotty Toddy!, Tailgating in The Grove and hanging out on The Square, Lock the Vaught, Trash Can Friday, Walk of Champions, Cheerleaders + Rebelettes in front of the Grove Stage

Go-to Local Items | Stock your Grove Tent with party sandwiches and a Bloody Mary bar for those 11 a.m. games!

Gameday Fits | Cicada

Vols cheer on the University of Tennessee football team.


Scouted Spirit | Since it’s a beer and whiskey town, head to Bob’s who stocks all the local favorites from the likes of Blackberry Farm Brewery, Saison and YeeHaw Dunkle 

Favorite Tradition | The Vol Navy and tying up at Calhoun’s 

Go-to Local Items | We are a laid back tailgate crowd. Ham & Goodies is a local sandwich favorite with the best iced lemon cookies. And there’s always room for a charcuterie board from The Cheese Boss!

Gameday Fits | Est8te, Monkees and Val’s

Rival | Depends on who you ask… local editor, Frances King says it’s Alabama. Tennessee & Alabama have been meeting on the field since 1901 — AKA “the 3rd Saturday in October”. Don’t forget to smuggle in a cigar from Alchemy to partake in the storied Victory Cigar tradition when the VOLS win! Go Big O!

University of Michigan football stadium on gameday.
Image via Jen Geer Photography


Favorite Tradition | Most wins…Ever + Touching the M Club Banner

Go-to Local Items |  Find Michigan Made snacks and more at Rock Paper Scissors or cater your tailgate using The Produce Station, stop into Venue Market & Cafe for local beers to go along with a tailgate or tailgate every home game on the patio of Venue by 4M!

Gameday Fits | The M Den, Ferne Boutique and My Urban Toddler for the little ones

Rival | TSDS (That School Down South) also known as Ohio State

Wherever your team spirit takes you, don’t forget to tell them Scout sent you! Looking for more Scouted businesses to tap for your tailgate? Find them here.