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Jocktastic! Top 10 schools where sports rule

By Explore Editor

What the students are saying about:

Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University

At Louisiana State University, football serves as a sort of regional religion. As one sophomore explains, “the Florida football game this year made me cry, and I walked away from the stadium (after being there for 6 1/2 hours) without a voice from cheering.” In 2007, the Tigers took home the BCS National Championship for the second time in four years, so it’s no wonder the LSU community has so much Tiger pride – and undergrads love the game day culture that dominates campus life every fall. “There is nothing better than spending the day tailgating with 100,000 of your closest friends, followed by a Saturday night in Death Valley for a Tiger football game,” remarks one sophomore. Sports life is inescapable here, even when students wander into nearby Baton Rouge. “Baton Rouge is definitely a college town – and life centers on sports, drinking while watching sports, and tradition. No matter where you look, whether it is on stores' signs, banners, T-shirts, advertisements, etc., there is a huge display of athletic and school pride.” Sports are so ingrained in the LSU culture that “many people say LSU stands for ‘Louisiana Sports University.”