WHETHER IT'S sailgating in Husky Harbor in Washington or huddling in tents at the Grove in Mississippi, a tailgate is a tough place to beat for chowing down before a college football game. But what if you don't have an in at a tailgate? Or what if you just don't feel like grilling? Fear not. There are plenty of great game-day spots around the country where you can load up on eats before—or after—the big game.
Sampler Platter at The Smokin' Pig
Head south to Pendleton for an overflowing plate of pork, brisket and ribs, plus two sides (above). You might leave feeling like you've got Howard's Rock sitting in your stomach, but it's well worth it.
Pepperoni roll at Country Club Bakery
The unofficial state sandwich of pepperoni sticks baked inside soft Italian bread started as a lunch for coal miners in 1927.
Wonderboy at Diamond Dawgs
This famous doawg (locals stretch it to two syllables) is battered in Cap'n Crunch and deep fried.
BBQ nachos at Big Bad Wolves BBQ
Even Auburn fans can get behind the slow-cooked pulled pork in a mustard-vinegar barbecue sauce.
The White Brat at State Street Brats
An all-pork bratwurst is the ultimate game-day food. You're obligated (by law, we're pretty sure) to add a side of cheese curds.
The Original Petro at Petro's Chili and Chips
Even on a stifling-hot day you'll see fans chowing down on a bowl of Frito's corn chips topped with chili, cheddar and jack cheeses, tomatoes, green onions and sour cream.
Victory dogs outside L.A. Memorial Coliseum
Served up on street carts outside the stadium, these franks are wrapped in bacon and loaded with grilled onions, peppers and jalapeños.
Smoked turkey leg at Lane Stadium
The mascot might take offense, but when a bird's this tasty, we can't resist.