The Ultimate College Football Bucket List
College football has a lot of history and tradition. More so than a lot of other sports.
Fans of the sport may have a bucket list of stadiums they want to see, but what about having an ultimate bucket list for college football?
What about doing what only players and very few fans are able to do?
For some fans it may be hard to swallow, because these traditions involve their rival teams. But either way, they are pretty unique. Here is the ultimate college football bucket list.
50. Ringing Cowbells at Mississippi State
While this may not seem like much of a tradition to some, ringing cowbells at Mississippi State has been a tradition there for quite some time.
The Bulldogs are not one of the better teams in the SEC, but their home games can get loud, especially when the cowbells are ringing.
There are also instructions on some tickets so fans know when to ring their cowbell.
49. Acting as the Mountaineer
There are few things in the world that would be as fun as leading a team onto the field. A lot of teams have that tradition.
One of those teams is the West Virginia Mountaineers. What would be better than dressing up as the Mountaineer and leading the team onto the field before a game?
48. Participating in the Haka
Hawaii may not seem to have as much history as a lot of other college football schools, but the Haka is something they are known for.
How about leading the Haka dance on the field during a game?
Certainly bucket-list worthy.
47. Singing Carmen Ohio
Carmen Ohio is sung after every Ohio State home game and is one of those things that can give anybody chills.
All of the players stop and sing before leaving the field no matter what happened during the game.
There are few traditions in college football like this one.
46. Watching a Game from "Tightwad" Hill
There is not a cheaper way to watch a game than at Tightwad Hill.
Located just east of Memorial Stadium, this is a place to see all of the action on the field without actually having to pay to go in.
Quite a unique experience.
45. Pushups with the ROTC
Cincinnati is not known as a football school, but when they score during a home game, members of the ROTC not only shoot off a cannon, but also do pushups for how many points the team has.
They are right on the field behind the end zone, near the student section and all the action.
Participating in the pushups is certainly bucket-list material.
44. Cajun-Style Tailgating at LSU
There is tailgating all over the college football landscape, but few do it like they do in Baton Rouge.
While a night game at LSU is certainly something that is on the bucket list, there is no question that tailgating here is as well.
Sample some of the excellent Cajun food in the process.
43. Block P at Purdue
Purdue certainly has an All-American marching band and the tradition began more than 100 years ago.
How cool would it be to participate in the festivities and stand in the middle of the P on the field when the band is performing?
42. Pushing out Big Bertha at Texas
There are drums and then there is Big Bertha. The band pushes out this large drum before every game, but how about being the person who gets to push out this gigantic structure before the big game.
The drum is eight feet in diameter and is 10 feet tall. The locals consider it the largest drum in the world.
41. Being the Stanford Tree
There are few mascots as unique as the Stanford Tree and quite frankly many people may not understand what it is or what it stands for.
Leading the team onto the field as the Stanford Tree is definitely bucket-list material.
40. Whiteout at Penn State
Many teams can stake claim to a "Whiteout," but nobody does it like Penn State.
Even with what has happened recently at the program, going to a game here and participating in a "Whiteout" is still something that is on my bucket list.
39. Walking the Bulldog at Georgia
Who can forget the Bulldog mascot biting the Auburn player a few years ago?
I know if I was controlling the Bulldog, I wouldn't let him bite anybody.
Well, maybe if there was a rival in town.
38. Being a Yell Leader at Texas A&M
Texas A&M might have one of the most unique student sections in all of college football.
Every game there are five upperclassmen who get the chance to lead the team on the field and then be "Yell Leaders" throughout the game.
This is certainly an unforgettable experience for anybody involved.
37. Painting Notre Dame's Golden Helmets
While this is not an in-game college football tradition, there is no question that painting the Golden Helmets at Notre Dame would be quite an experience.
This would not necessarily have to happen on game day, but could be done any time and is something every die-hard fan would love to experience.
36. Running Through the Smoke at Miami
There are not many entrances that are as good as Miami.
The Hurricanes run onto the field through a cloud of smoke before every home game.
Leading them onto the field is certainly on the bucket list.
35. Lake Washington Tailgate
The view on Lake Washington when tailgating before a game is something not found anywhere else in the country.
Not many other teams can offer tailgating out on a lake before the game. Check out the 14,000 foot Mount Rainier in the background.
Be careful, a DUI is still possible even when on a boat.
34. Singing Hail to the Victors
Similar to Carmen Ohio for the Buckeyes, the Wolverines sing Hail to the Victors after every home game.
Being down on the field with the players and singing along is something fans can only dream of.
But, it is certainly still on the bucket list.
33. Woo Pig Sooie
For those who have attended an Arkansas game, they can cross this off the list.
Razorback fans love to sing "Woo Pig Sooie" at home games. While it certainly annoys a lot of the fans from other SEC teams, the Hog faithful love it.
32. Touching the Horns at Texas
Some teams have a tradition they participate in before every game and for Texas, one of them is touching the horns.
Players hit the horns on their way into the tunnel before every game.
Hitting those while on the way onto the field would be a dream come true for many.
31. Tailgating on the Grove
Located on the center of the Ole Miss campus is The Grove.
This is a legendary tailgating location that is one of the most famous of any in college football.
Even though Ole Miss is not much on the football field, they certainly offer one of the best atmospheres before a game.
30. Wheeling out the World's Largest Drum
Even though Texas claims to have the largest drum in the world, that honor might be Purdue's.
The Boilermakers band pushes the drum onto the field before every game.
Having the honor of pushing that drum would certainly make the bucket list.
29. A Night Game at LSU
There are night game, and then there are night games at LSU.
Nothing in college football is as impressive as a night game in Baton Rouge.
It is a must for all college football fans.
28. Camping out at Paternoville
Paternoville takes tailgating to a new level as hundreds of tents are set up.
Camping out here is more than tailgating, it is also a way of life for a few days. Some people spend countless hours in a tent camping out before a big game.
Sounds like a lot of fun.
27. Toomer's Corner
One thing is certain, Toomer's Corner is some kind of party.
Located at the intersection of College Street and Magnolia Avenue, this is a popular spot when Auburn wins a big game.
Being here after they won the national championship was a site to see.
26. Carrying the Little Red Flag at Harvard
Harvard is not known as a football school, but they have a tradition of carrying the Red Flag out onto the football field that is one of the best entrances in the sport.
Leading the team out onto the field is something that should be on any bucket list.
25. Singing the Notre Dame Victory March
Considered the greatest and most famous of all college football fight songs, the Notre Dame Victory March is sung after every home game.
There is tradition at other schools, but not like the tradition at Notre Dame. Singing the fight song on the field would be quite an experience.
24. Walking out with Mike the Tiger
There are very few mascots in college football that are as intimidating as Mike the Tiger at LSU.
How cool would it be to push him onto the field when he is in his cage.
Talk about a thrill. Just keep your hands away from the cage.
23. Riding a Harley with the Oregon Duck
There are a lot of cool college football entrances on the list, but few can equal that of the Oregon Ducks.
They follow the Harley out onto the field with the Oregon Duck riding behind a lucky driver.
How sweet would it be to drive the Harley out onto the field before a game?
22. World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party
The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party is the annual game between Florida and Georgia. It is nothing short of a blowout.
It only happens once a year, but is certainly something that every die-hard college football fan must take part in.
21. Leading Virginia Tech out to "Enter Sandman"
Miami has the smoke and Oregon has the Harley, but Virginia Tech has "Enter Sandman" playing when they step onto the field.
Running in front of the team as the music begins would be quite a thrill for anybody.
20. Touching Michigan's Go Blue Sign
The Go Blue sign at Michigan is a staple at home games.
When the team is introduced and they run onto the field, every player reaches up and touches the Go Blue sign.
What an opportunity that would be for a die-hard Michigan fan or any college football lover.
19. Running Through the "T" at Tennessee
This is another excellent entrance as players run through the "T" that is set up in the end zone and extends out nearly to mid field.
Being anywhere in that pack bursting onto the field before a game would be a dream come true for many Vols fans.
18. Walk on the Smurf Turf at Boise State
There is no question that the most unique playing surface in college football, or perhaps any sport, is the blue turf at Boise State.
Visiting Boise and walking around on the blue field would definitely be eye popping.
17. The Irish Guard at Notre Dame
The Irish Guard at Notre Dame refers to the marching band.
They are one of the best bands in the country and leading them out onto the field would be an experience near the top of any bucket list.
Dressing up in all the garb would be half of the fun.
16. Midnight Yell at Texas A&M
The Midnight Yell takes place at Texas A&M the night before a game and it is something that is only done in College Station.
What better way to get pumped up for the big game the following day than to come cheer with thousands of other students.
15. Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer
The SEC is filled with a lot of different traditions and plenty of history.
Alabama does not have the cheers of some, but Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer ranks near the top.
Bryant Denny Stadium gets loud when this chant is ringing out during a game.
14. Nebraska Team Tunnel Entrance
Nebraska is one of the better places to watch a college football game and when the team enters the field through the tunnel, it may just be the loudest college football stadium in the country.
The Sea of Red in the crowd gets the team pumped up before the game and leading the team out of the tunnel would be a complete thrill for anybody.
13. Ralphie's Run at Colorado
There may be nothing more intimidating than a buffalo running onto the field before a game.
Even though the Colorado football team has not been too good in recent years, that does not mean they are short on intimidation.
Running out with the buffalo would be quite an experience, especially dressed in the full cowboy attire.
12. Marching in at the Army-Navy Game
There is no rivalry quite like the Army-Navy game and the march out onto the field before the game is a sight to see.
Being involved in something like this would be close to the top 10 of any bucket list.
11. Riding Traveler at USC
While a Harley at Oregon is cool, a horse at USC is even better.
Dressing up like the Trojan and carrying the sword would be half of the fun, but leading the USC football team out onto the field would be even better.
10. Singing "Jump Around" at Wisconsin
What better way to spend some time between the third and fourth quarters than to sing "Jump Around?"
That is what happens at Wisconsin and anybody who has been to a game certainly has participated.
9. Racing Across the Field on the Sooner Schooner
This looks like more fun than the actual football game.
The Sooner Schooner rolls out before every game and there are a few lucky people who get to ride on it behind the horses.
This would be something truly unforgettable for any college football fan.
8. Singing "Rocky Top" at in Tennessee
"Rocky Top" at Tennessee is played every game and simply put, fans love it.
Coming to a game and singing along to this would be special, even for those fans who consider the Volunteers a rival.
7. Singing "Take Me Home Country Roads" at West Virginia
There are plenty of fight songs that may have more meaning, but none are better than "Take Me Home Country Roads" at West Virginia.
Even for those who are not West Virginia fans, this is something that can give anybody chills.
6. Running Down the Hill at Clemson
Howard's Rock is one of the most recognizable sites in all of college football and overlooks Clemson's Memorial Stadium.
Before each home game, the Clemson players gather around the rock, rub it for good luck and storm down the hill.
Getting a chance to do that would be so much fun for anybody.
5. Driving the Ramblin' Wreck
Georgia Tech is not known as the Ramblin' Wreck for nothing. When they come out onto the field before every home game, the cheerleaders cling to the side of the car.
Driving the car onto the field before a game is right near the top of my bucket list.
Being the passenger wouldn't be too bad either.
4. Riding Chief Osceola at an FSU Game
Chief Osceola storms onto the field before the Florida State home games and holds a spear.
There are few things that would be more thrilling than being able to spear the midfield symbol at Doak Walker.
Staying on the field would be fun too because after every Florida State score, he gets to ride around again. Dressing up like the chief would be fun as well.
3. Dotting the "I" in Script Ohio
The Best Damn Band in the Land can be found in Columbus and at halftime they put on quite a show for well over 100,000 spectators.
The Ohio State marching band spells out "Ohio" on the field and the honor of dotting the "I" is something everybody would love to be able to do.
Very few have had the opportunity however.
2. Touching "Play Like a Champion Today"
This is something that would give anybody chills. It is perhaps at the top of many bucket lists and is certainly tops for any Notre Dame fan.
Before every home game the Fighting Irish players all hit the sign.
Touching it on the way out to the field would be unlike anything else most have experienced.
There are signs at other places that read the same thing, but nothing quite like the one in South Bend.
1. Attend the BCS National Championship
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While there are plenty of bowl games that could be on the list, nothing is close to the BCS National Championship, no matter where it is being played.
Going to a game of this magnitude would be something to see, and while a lot of people have had the opportunity, for those who have not, it has to be on the top of any bucket list.
No matter who is playing, this is a game every college football team needs to enjoy at some point.