Tailgates, rituals and attire: University of South Carolina

Saturday, November 26, 2011 | 12:01 a.m. CST
Fans cheer on the South Carolina Gamecocks football team during the 2009 game against Florida at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C.


Hometown: Columbia, S.C.


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Team: Gamecocks

Colors: Garnet and black 

Tailgating: Partying in a freight caboose is the preferred way to tailgate in South Carolina.

"We have a cockaboose railroad," said Dexter Hudson, editor of the Spurs & Feathers, a weekly recap of Gamecocks sports.

"About 24 cabooses have been painted, have a big Cocky on it, which is our mascot."

Originally people bought them for about $40,000, he said, but they put a lot more into them.

"(They) have bars, chandeliers, TVs hooked up to the stadium," Hudson said. "You can cook in them, have TVs on top and below."

If a party doesn't have tickets, they'll watch it in the caboose.

Food: Fried chicken, chicken wings, burgers and steak. 

"We have pretty good barbecue down here in South Carolina," Hudson said.

Attire: Dressing in school colors, garnet and black, maybe with a nice pair of shorts in the summer.

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