What are the Best Traditions in College Football?

BamaMoon

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cbi1972 said:
Pains me to say it, but the eagle circling the stadium in Auburn is pretty cool

I had a friend once suggest that we should fly in an elephant in a hot air balloon to land on the field. Could be awe inspiring but can't say I would be comfortable with a 12 ton elephant hovering overhead supported by a wicker basket.
Or a live Elephant...until you watch some youtube vids of elephants losing it in the wild!
 

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Saturday night in Death Valley, Everything with TSIO, and Jump Around at Camp Randall.

Sadly I’m retiring from traveling to away games after the Wisconsin game this year but I will say there are some truly unique ones. I think Alabama has lost many of their unique ones due to the over corporate production that they have gone to these last 8-10 years.
 

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Pregame pageantry , the TAMU band is very impressive with its military marching precision.
I know everyone loves to joke about TAMU’s traditions, but I can honestly say there is not a better script for a Gameday than what TAMU does. I mean seriously every second of the day is planned from the Calvary parading around in the morning to the cadets marching down the streets. There is probably not a more engaged crowd in the country either. They also have the best stadium in the country imo
 

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I’ll add this…. The most overrated tradition is Saturday at the Grove. It’s just a worse and more crowded cramped Quad dressed up in Antebellum decor drenched with the smell of wacky tobacky and all the cheap beer.
 

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I know everyone loves to joke about TAMU’s traditions, but I can honestly say there is not a better script for a Gameday than what TAMU does. I mean seriously every second of the day is planned from the Calvary parading around in the morning to the cadets marching down the streets. There is probably not a more engaged crowd in the country either. They also have the best stadium in the country imo
I experienced it, but found it very underwhelming. I mean, they can love it and that's fine, but it's just kinda weird to me. They thing they do before the game when the interlock arms and sway back and forth is the weirdest of all of them IMO (outside of yell leaders - which is another level of strangeness), but it's something I see other schools copying. Just don't get it! I've sat beside too many people in stadiums I don't won't to touch much less hug!

Everything I just said is somewhat influenced by the "cultish" attitude I noticed with TAMA fans. Good - very good - folks, but just on a different level of fandom. They kinda make Auburn fans seem more normal.

Agree on stadium. It's the only one I trade BDS for.


I’ll add this…. The most overrated tradition is Saturday at the Grove. It’s just a worse and more crowded cramped Quad dressed up in Antebellum decor drenched with the smell of wacky tobacky and all the cheap beer.
Everyone should go once and experience it. I got to do it with an Ole Miss fan. A tent with a chandelier is something you don't see every day!!!

But you are correct. It's small and congested.
 

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I experienced it, but found it very underwhelming. I mean, they can love it and that's fine, but it's just kinda weird to me. They thing they do before the game when the interlock arms and sway back and forth is the weirdest of all of them IMO (outside of yell leaders - which is another level of strangeness), but it's something I see other schools copying. Just don't get it! I've sat beside too many people in stadiums I don't won't to touch much less hug!

Everything I just said is somewhat influenced by the "cultish" attitude I noticed with TAMA fans. Good - very good - folks, but just on a different level of fandom. They kinda make Auburn fans seem more normal.
I mean I’m not really talking about the yell leaders here. It’s one of the reasons I didn’t rank it as one of my favorite traditions. I’m talking more about the cadets. The one game i went to (2017) was a night game and I got there like 10 in the morning to experience everything. It’s very much a production getting everyone ready for game time with the cadets riding in on horseback then the cadet band marching. But the yell leaders… are little weird. But the crowd engagement is very cool to see… once. But overall i kinda do prefer more limited engagement such as Wisconsin’s jump around, Florida’s Don’t back down, or LSU’s Louisiana Saturday Night to it more because you can actually follow what they are saying and what they are doing without being a fan.

Yeah it’s cultish but it’s alot more preferable to me than their big brother’s Gameday experience.

How I would rank my years of travel and experiencing the traditions.

1) LSU
2) TAMU
3) Mizzou
4) USCE
5) Kentucky
6) Tennessee
7) Miss ST
8) Texas
9) Auburn
10) Florida
11) Ole Miss

Never made it to Arkansas or Vandy, and refused to go to Georgia. Oklahoma I considered but again im getting out of this type of thing after this year. I would have already but i kinda backed myself into a corner by promising that i would go to the Wisconsin game once it was announced. But after that im done unless i get convinced to go to ND or Ohio St. But I highly doubt it at this point.
 
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'81, suprised you never went to BDS north when we played Vandy every other year there for decades.

It was the easiest non-home game ticket to get each year. Every time I've been (several games) Bama had 60-70% of the stadium.

Also surprised Mizzu ranked that high on your list. What did you like there?

I think your list is a good one and this is all subjective, but as much as I hate 'em, I love going to Neyland. The orange hurts your eyes but it's an experience.

I also really enjoyed the 2 games I saw at in Austin. They were both big 12 games against Texas. I think the Eyes of Texas is pretty cool.

I also really enjoyed TAMU, but I just don't get most of the things they love. BTW, I just watched the cadets march in. That's all.
 

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'81, suprised you never went to BDS north when we played Vandy every other year there for decades.

It was the easiest non-home game ticket to get each year. Every time I've been (several games) Bama had 60-70% of the stadium.

Also surprised Mizzu ranked that high on your list. What did you like there?

I think your list is a good one and this is all subjective, but as much as I hate 'em, I love going to Neyland. The orange hurts your eyes but it's an experience.

I also really enjoyed the 2 games I saw at in Austin. They were both big 12 games against Texas. I think the Eyes of Texas is pretty cool.

I also really enjoyed TAMU, but I just don't get most of the things they love. BTW, I just watched the cadets march in. That's all.
Well everytime we play Vandy up there it’s either a hot as crap breakfast game or during a busy week. This year I might but as of right now I’m not because Wisconsin is not going to be a cheap trip.

Mizzou it’s more about the town and old timey kinda feel. It’s kinda a bizarre trip to the past. The old campus look and mountain kinda feel. It’s kinda hard to explain. I mean it’s not a place where I would say you have to go to feel complete as a college football fan but it’s one that you will have a fun time…. As long as it’s not a monsoon like I was in. Also it’s one of the best parking situations I have ever been to. Free parking in a parking deck a stones throw from the stadium.

Tennessee up there… I just love the look. Orange and Red tree leaves in North Alabama and how you are on the River. The Stadium is an absolute dump but so is UT.

Texas… IDK I hated being cramped in the Upper deck during a hot game at 11am. Plus I swear I was on an episode of King of the Hill with the PA announcer.

A lot of my rankings are probably based more about enjoyment of the atmosphere and what expectations I came in with. Ole Miss was just a terrible experience all the way around in 2016 but I know several people who love the trip to oxford.
 

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My personal favorite is smoking the cigars after beating Tennessee, but man the Iowa fans and and players waving at the hospital is up there also!
 
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My personal favorite is smoking the cigars after beating Tennessee, but man the Iowa fans and and players waving at the hospital is up there also!
With this being an Alabama football board I'm surprised it took this long for that tradition to be mentioned. Certainly Bama fans had plenty opportunities to enjoy that during the Saban era. I'm a non-smoker so I don't participate but I don't mind watching others enjoy that tradition.
 
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Some great songs sung by fans in stadiums.

Seven Nation Army at Ohio State games right before kickoff.

Tsunami at the Army - Navy game.

Jump Around at Wisconsin

Sweet Caroline by several schools.

Take Me Home at WVU.
My favorite, B1G is the team gathering after the game in front of the band and singing “Carmen Ohio” with the crowd.
 
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