Hey y'all! My name's Lauren and I blog over at Peach State of Mind.

I love living in the South. I really can't imagine living anywhere else. I've grown up in Georgia all my life and I've just got a special place in my little Georgia Peach heart for anything southern.  So when I was asked to guest post at Southerndoe, y'all know I instantly fell in love with the idea.

I was asked to write a post about my favorite southern tradition or anything along those lines. But honestly, how can anybody just pick one? There's so many that are so unique to the south. But then I got to thinking, there's one that I have to say may be the closest to my heart and it has a little something to do with the tailgates and 90,000+ screaming fans.

College football in the south.  The ultimate southern tradition.

Now I know what you're thinking. Isn't it a little too early to be talking about fall and football season? If you're an obnoxious (and I say that so sweetly and proudly) fan like me, is it ever really too early? Summer is slowly coming to an end and in less than 50 days, the south will be lit up with college pride and the best screaming fans a team could ask for on a fall Saturday. I cannot wait. I've grown up around this southern tradition all my life.

My parents like to say I was hitting up the tailgates and going to games before I was even born. I like to agree. I've probably lost count of all the games I've been to. I've traveled around the south to different schools cheering on my team. I wear my team colors as often as I can throughout the entire year. It's just in my blood.

If you've never been to a southern college football game, you don't know what you're missing. It's an experience you'll never forget. A football game in the south is embedded with tons of traditions in itself. Waking up before dawn to get to your favorite tailgate spot for a game that starts at seven that night. Setting up a tailgate full of grills, cornhole and the perfect southern cuisine. Girls in their Sundaybest. Southern football Saturdays aren't just for the faint of heart. It's a social event. It's your second home. It's spent with your family - your football family that is.

But when game time arrives, the once social event of the century turns into a ghost town as everybody heads to the game. The walk to the stadium is loud and crazy, but you love every minute of it. Nervous butterflies fill your stomach, hoping your team pulls off the win. But you feel so much better screaming and cheering along the way with your fellow fans. It's all about that team pride right? As you inch closer to the game site, your eyes hit the most beautiful site on earth - the stadium filled with thousands of fans anxiously awaiting kickoff. As you enter the gate, finally setting your eyes on the field, you feel like this is the place you belong and where you're meant to be.

A college football game in the south is a lot of things.  It's loud. It's crazy. It'll give you the rush of your life.  You cheer. You scream. You hug strangers because your team won the game.  I've been to a lot of games. I've visited a lot of opposing schools.And one thing that is for certain, no matter where you go, it's a southern thing.  It's a way of life for a lot of people down here. It's just in our blood.

So my favorite southern tradition? 
How could I pick anything other than a college football Saturday.

XO Lauren @ Peach State of Mind
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