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Video: The SEC’s Finest Cities

The start of football season for the SEC is just under two months away.

A new poll shows the finest cities for sports fans of the SEC, and three of them are just a short drive away.

The top five cities include; Tuscaloosa, AL, home of the Crimson Tide; Starkville, MS, the heart of Bulldog Nation; Baton Rouge, LA, Tiger Territory; Oxford, MS, where the Rebels yell Hotty Toddy; and College Station, TX, where Johnny Football is ready for another season.

But what makes these cities worthy of their spots atop the list?

All the towns were ranked on a scale of 1 to 14 across 1o different criteria including tailgating experience, total conference titles, total national championships, and average fan attendance versus the size of the arena. The top school took home the Title of Best SEC City for Sports Fans.

The poll is released each year. But sports fans can help their town climb to the top next year – the poll suggests getting in some practice tailgating.