Ease of scoring tickets: With over 100,000 Alabamans in attendance, tickets will be a challenge, though not impossible. If you can't find them online, scalpers will most certainly be looking to offload on the ground.
Position yourself: Until 1998, the game was traditionally held at Legion Field in Birmingham. Since '99, though, it alternates between school stadiums. Don't be too choosy about your seats -- just get inside. It's nuts in there.
Must-try signature food/ drink: Feel free to snack on classic tailgate fare, but save your appetite for the BBQ. In Tuscaloosa, make a beeline for Dreamland. At Auburn, you're headed to Price's BBQ House, or "the Q House" for short.
Must-hit spot before/ after: At Auburn, the War Eagle Supper Club is your move, and in Tuscaloosa check out the Houndstooth Sports Bar, which SI called the No. 1 College Sports Bar.