9 Best Spring Game Traditions in College Football
We are near the end of spring practice, which can only mean that spring college football games have been taking place all over the country.
Like a lot of other sports, college football is steeped in tradition. While a lot of teams have traditions they follow during the regular season, the ones on this list are unique to the spring game.
Here are the nine of the best.
No. 9 Kansas' Game-Winning Field-Goal Celebration
This tradition might be unique to the spring game because Kansas has trouble winning games during the regular season.
That, however, has not stopped the Jayhawks from practicing a little celebration during spring practice.
To get ready for the spring game, Kansas practices celebrating after a winning field goal. During the spring game, this is a special drill.
Winning more than a game in 2013 might be the first step toward solving that problem for the Jayhawks.
No. 8 South Carolina Fan Fest
South Carolina fan fest activities are a tradition at the spring game and one of the more unique in college football.
This is a relatively new tradition, but one that will certainly continue to grow in coming years, as evidenced by the success of the event in 2012.
The event takes place before the spring game and features a cornhole tournament, tailgate competition and plenty of events for kids.
Head coach Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks have done it right with this one.
No. 7 Toomer's Corner at Auburn
This is a tradition that takes place throughout the year at Auburn, but it will happen one final time after the spring game on April 20.
It often occurs during the regular season after a Tigers victory, but it always takes place after the spring game.
Sadly, the trees at Toomer's Corner will finally be removed on April 23 after being poisoned a few years back by an Alabama fan.
This will be the final time for the official rolling at Toomer's Corner, and it will take place after the spring game.
No. 6 Nebraska Drug-Free Pledge
The drug-free pledge at Nebraska is something that has a little more significance than a lot of other spring-game traditions.
At halftime of the spring games, fans of all ages take the drug-free pledge on the field. They pledge to remain drug-, alcohol- and tobacco-free.
It is geared toward fans who are eighth-graders and younger, as well as their parents.
A very nice tradition tradition employed by the Cornhuskers.
No. 5 Big Boomer Barbecue
Similar to fan fest at South Carolina, the Big Boomer Barbecue is relatively new as 2013 will only be the second season for this tradition.
It takes place prior to the spring game, and it gives fans an opportunity to mingle with other fans while enjoying a barbecue, chips and a beverage for only $10.
There are also free activities and a few other events that fans can enjoy, including live music and amusement rides.
Perhaps the best part of the entire event is the autograph session that takes place in the tent with the coaches and student-athletes.
No. 4 Ohio State Circle Drill
When Urban Meyer came to Ohio State before the 2012 season, he brought a high level of intensity and that all started with the spring game.
Before kickoff, Meyer had the entire team circle up at midfield and participate in one-on-one drills against players from the same position.
It got intense when quarterbacks Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton went head to head.
This new tradition is one of the more interesting in college football, and it would be in Meyer's best interest to continue it for the enjoyment of fans and to help with the intensity level of the players.
No. 3 Clemson's Son Bowl
The annual Clemson Son Bowl takes place before every spring game and features former Clemson players taking part in a flag football game.
Some very talented players participate in the game, and the 2013 version features 10 former NFL players and 12 former All-ACC players.
One of the coaches for the 2013 game is Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller. Perhaps the best part of the game is the autograph session afterward where fans can meet the players.
Admission is free for the game.
No. 2 Oregon's Military Tribute
In a move that was started by Chip Kelly, the Oregon Ducks have honored the military during the past few years after the spring game, and needless to say, it has gone over quite well.
At the conclusion of the game, members of the U.S. Armed Forces line up on one side of the stadium with the players on the other.
The two sides meet at midfield and the players trade their jerseys for a coin given by the military members.
The 2012 spring game marked the third season this took place, and there were also activities prior to the game, including two F-15 fighter jets flying over the stadium.
No. 1 Northwestern Dizzy Bat Race
The dizzy bat race held at Northwestern after the spring game is the most unique tradition in college football as far as spring games are concerned.
Players spin around a bat 10 times, run 10 yards and then eat a hot dog.
The goal of the event is to not vomit. Pretty simple, but also one of the most interesting traditions in all of college football.
Nothing in spring practice is as fun to watch as this.