Athlon Sports asked 12 SEC experts to rank their favorite SEC locations, and Oxford came in third behind Nashville, Tennessee and Athens, Georgia.
The sports website asked these following people to vote: Tim Brando (FOX Sports); Dari Nowkhah (SEC Network); Tony Barnhart (AJC/SEC Net); Zac Ellis (Sports Illustrated); Chris Low (ESPN); Wes Rucker (247Sports); Laura Rutledge (SEC Network); Chad Withrow (104.5 The Zone-Nashville); Kayce Smith (ESPN/SEC Net); Seth Emerson (Macon Telegraph); Josh Ward (WNML-Knoxville); Braden Gall (Athlon Sports/SiriusXM).
Their votes were weighed with first place votes being worth one point and last place votes worth 14 points. Nashville, home to Vanderbilt Commodores, garnered first and second place votes from eight out of 12 experts. Athens, home to Georgia Bulldogs, came in second with five first-place votes and two second-place votes.
Oxford, Mississippi, home of Ole Miss Rebels, came in third with this description:
“It’s a very small town but is rich on tradition and culture. Some of America’s greatest writers call it home (William Faulkner, John Grisham) and The Grove might be the best place to tailgate anywhere in the world. It’s extremely charming and has an excellent night life on Courthouse Square. Square Books, Library, The Blind Pig and countless other shops, bars and eateries belong on your must-do list. Oxford got the other two first-place votes.”
Oxford beat out Tuscaloosa, Alabama, home of the Crimson Tide; Baton Rouge, Louisiana home to the LSU Tigers; and Starkville, Mississippi, home of Mississippi State Bulldogs. Starkville came in last at No. 14 with this description:
There isn’t a whole lot to write about here. The atmosphere surrounding the various sporting events (namely, football and baseball) add plenty of charm but there is nothing to do here and it’s smack dab in the middle of nowhere. It got nine of the 12 last-place votes.
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