It’s almost that time of year. Some southerners would consider this time better than the Christmas season. That’s right! IT’S FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!!! Tennessee residents are crazy about football season. With two South Eastern Conference teams and one NFL team, September is an exciting month in the volunteer state. If you are new to the state, you will quickly learn that many natives live and breathe Tennessee football and the competition can become quite intense. Let’s do a quick overview of our big Tennessee teams. You never know when this topic could be a big conversation starter.
The Tennessee Titans are our NFL team located in Nashville. This Pre-Season has been a rough one for the Titans with losses to the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals. The Titans play at LP field located right in the middle of downtown Nashville. The team begins their regular season on September 8th against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
University of Tennessee Volunteers
The Tennessee Volunteers are the official team for the The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. When attending a game, the song, Rocky Top, is heard throughout the city. The Vols have had a tough few years, but the fans have high hopes for Butch Jones, the new head coach. The Vols kickoff their season against Austin Peay on August 31st.
Right here in Middle Tennessee, the Vanderbilt Commodores represent the smallest school in the SEC. Be prepared to hear “Anchor Down” in this neck of the woods because the folks in Middle Tennessee love the Commodores. In the past few years, the team has not been ranked as a top competitor, but the fans are keeping their heads high for this season! Don’t miss the Commodores season opener on August 29th against Ole Miss.
Now for the real fun stuff! The best way to kick off the football season is with some awesome tailgate ideas. A tailgate doesn’t even have to be in the parking lot of the stadium. The party can be just as fun from your backyard. Have the Televisions set on ESPN’s College Game Day, cold drinks iced down in the cooler, and the grill going! It’s a fun idea to have a theme for each tailgate. For example, serve the food that the opposing team state is known for. Each week plan with your friends and neighbors to create an elaborate spread to make the most out of your game day. This is also a great way to meet new people if you are new to the area. In the south, football is more than a sport. It is a way of life. This is the time of year to let the creative juices flow and make lasting memories with new friends.
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