SEC Game Day Tradition From All Twelve Teams
All college teams have their own game day traditions.
Here in the SEC every team sports their on brand of game day culture.
This is not a ranking. No one tradition is better than any other.
These are my favorite traditions from each school in the SEC.
Alabama's Rammer Jammer Cheer
This is the Alabama Crimson Tide victory cheer. There is nothing worse than losing to Bama in Bryant Denny and then being told you just had the hell beat out of you.
The cheer has come under fire in the past for its taunting nature, but in a 2005 homecoming vote 98% of students chose to keep the cheer.
It goes like this:
We just beat the hell out of you
Give 'em hell Alabama!
Arkansas' Calling the Hogs
The most unique cheer in college sports is heard in the Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas.
While there is no true origin behind the cheer, historians claim it was started sometime back in the 1920s.
The cheer is as follows
Woo Pig Sooie
Woo Pig Sooie
Woo Pig Sooie Razorbacks!
Auburn's Tiger Walk
Before each Auburn home football game, thousands of Auburn fans line Donahue Drive to cheer on the team as they walk from Sewell Hall (the athletes' dormitory) to Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The team, led by the coaches, walks down the hill and into the stadium surrounded by fans who pat them on the back and shake their hands as they walk.
The largest Tiger Walk occurred on December 2, 1989, before the first ever home football game against rival Alabama—the Iron Bowl. On that day, an estimated 20,000 fans packed the one block section of road leading to the stadium.
According to former athletic director David Housel, Tiger Walk has become "the most copied tradition in all of college football."
Florida's We Are the Boys From Old Florida
This song is sung by Gator fans as the end of the third quarter of all home and away games for Florida.
Gator fans lock arms and sway back and forth during the song. Many players have said that seeing this at "The Swamp" will make them sick to the stomach.
The song was originally a dance song adopted by UF in the 1920s
Georgia's Ringing of the Chapel Bell
The Chapel resides in the heart of UGA's Old North Campus.
Built in 1832, the bell once sat upon the roof. In 1913 the wood supporting the bell was found to be rotten and the bell was moved to the tower behind the Chapel.
Historically the bell rang for chapel, for the beginning and end of class, and in emergencies.
Today the bell is rung only to mark athletic victories or other special occasions.
Kentucky's Cat Walk
Before the Wildcats take the field, fans, friends and family of the players greet the team when it arrives at the stadium.
In what’s quickly becoming a weekly tradition, thousands of fans cheer on the Wildcats as they make their march from the Nutter Field House into Commonwealth Stadium.
The Cat Walk has drawn as many as 7,000 fans for some of the bigger games, and has even taken its act on the road.
LSU's Saturday Nignt In Death Valley
There isn't another atmosphere like a night game at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.
Leading up to gameday, tailgating will often start early in the week. The smell of Cajun cooking fills the air on campus and the yell "Tiger Bait" is directed at any fan of an opposing team.
Mike the Tiger, The Golden Girls, the LSU band, the white jerseys, and the eye at midfield prepare you for the game that's coming. Once the band strikes the first note in the pregame the crowd turns crazy.
Bear Bryant once said "Baton Rouge happens to be the worst place in the world for a visiting team. It's like being inside a drum."
Mississippi State's Cowbells
While the SEC banned noise makers years ago, MSU still brings the cowbells in the stands at Davis Wade Stadium.
The story behind the cowbells is that in the 30s during a game with Ole Miss a cow wandered onto the playing field. MSU whipped Ole Miss this day and the cowbells have been seen as a good luck charm ever since.
Each fan creates their own unique cowbell filled with MSU logos and other spirit symbols.
Ole Miss' The Grove
Tailgating at the Grove is unmatched in American Sports. The Grove is 10 acres of thick oak, elm, and magnolia and offers a true southern tailgate.
Women come dressed in dresses and men in ties as they tailgate in tents.
Cars have been banned from the area since 1990 when a rainstorm ruined the Grove.
Every now and then, a loud voice breaks the hum of the crowd present in The Grove with the yell, "Are you READY?". This is the beginning of the Ole Miss cheer, known as "Hotty Toddy."
As if on cue, hundreds of fans reply, "HELLLLL YES! DAAAAMN RIGHT!"
Then, in unison, they begin to chant the Hotty Toddy cheer:
Hotty Toddy, Gosh almighty
Who in the hell are we, Hey!
Flim Flam, Bim Bam
OLE MISS BY DAMN!'
South Carolina's 2001 Entrance
Since 1983 the University of South Carolina has entered the stadium to "2001 A Space Odyssey."
Popularized by the late coach Joe Morrison (The Man in Black), 2001 took its fame in the 80s during the black magic season of 84, USC's best season ever.
At times Williams Brice Stadium would sway during the entrance which led to the saying "If it ain't swaying, we ain't playing."
The entrance has been featured numerous times by ESPN and other sports TV outlets
Tennessee's Pride of the Southland Marching Band Pre-game Show
The Pride of the Southland Marching Band is one of the oldest marching bands in existence, first hitting their stride in 1869.
The Pre-game Show, designed by Tennessee native W. J. Julian, is nothing short of spectacular.
The six minute and forty-five second show, mostly unchanged since the 1960s, starts with the "Tennessee Waltz," and then followed by a march version of "Tennessee River" (added in 2007).
During the routine the band will march toward the opposing team's band and student section and, in the spirit of sportsmanship, play the opposing team's fight song.
The show culminates to the band forming a block "T" with the Tennessee Volunteer football team entering the stadium through the middle.
Vanderbilt's Touchdown Foghorn
When the Commodores score a touchdown, members of the Vandy Naval ROTC sound a large foghorn.
The Foghorn was donated to Vandy in 1993 and has been used since.
It is said that when the Foghorn is sounded that all of West Nashville can hear it.