Ranking the Greatest Traditions in College Football, Final 2011 Edition
College football is full of tradition and history, and there are countless traditions, too many to be named actually. After all, college football is one of the biggest traditions in the United States itself.
Although surely there will be plenty of traditions left out, here are my top 10 traditions in college football.
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10. Toomer's Corner
Hopefully this tradition will live on forever, but unfortunately the rivalry itself got in the way of this great tradition and got a bit out of control with the poisoning of the trees.
After Auburn wins a game, fans TP the trees and create a giant mess of tradition—definitely the messiest tradition on the list.
9. Block P
This was the first marching band shaped formation in the country. It is often overlooked but was invented in the early 1900s by a Purdue senior.
It has since led the way for bands across the nation and really revolutionized halftime shows.
8. The U Smoke
Although the University of Miami (FL) is known for a lot of things, including its incredible number of players on the professional level, both in the NFL and the ones still in college, the smoke is pretty cool.
It seems like these players really thrive off the smoke, and if you ask a former U player who has had this experience, he will tell you it's like no other.
7. Army vs. Navy Game
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There is just something special about this game. No matter how bad the teams are or how outdated the offenses, this game is something to watch every single year.
It's just so great to see two of our nation's schools playing each other for bragging rights; after the game, though, it's all back to business.
They are teammates after the game, and it shows. One of the best rivalries in all of sports.
6. The LSU Earthquake
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LSU's stadium is so loud that it actually causes seismic activity, which is something to really be proud of.
These games, especially at night, are something you really have to witness to believe. It's a great tradition, and hopefully the rowdiness of these fans lives on forever.
5. Touchdown Jesus
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Since Notre Dame obscured the view of this famous painting from the football field, its success has faltered. The hype is still there, but the Irish' success has been shortchanged.
I guess Touchdown Jesus is something you don't mess with.
4. 18 MPH Speed Limit at Ole Miss
Okay, this is definitely the coolest tradition out there. I mean really, who does this? Of course the Rebels would be the ones to rebel and change the speed limit across the entire campus for one player.
This is a great tradition that is often overlooked.
3. Chief Osceola
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Chief Osceola is one of the greatest traditions in all of sports. Seeing the war dance and riding out on the field is awesome in general.
It's by far a fan favorite and something that will live on forever.
2. Auburn vs. Alabama
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The best college football rivalry of all time happens between schools that are just a few miles apart, and it's a dandy.
It's hard to argue with the success the schools have and the intensity of the rivalry.
1. The Victors
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Everyone who has ever played a college football video game has this song memorized for sure—or if you have ever attended a Michigan athletic event, because they feel the need to play it at every timeout. And who wouldn't with such a great song?
It is iconic and one of the best fight songs out there.