What A Great Chant! How To Choose A College Football Team (Part 7)

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIJuly 26, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 06:  A general view of the Oregon State Beavers and the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on September 6, 2008 in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

These are all-important, because you'll be singing them a lot.

There's no great problem looking like a tool wearing your school colors and performing a mass college football version of YMCA (ever seen the spelling out of O-H-I-O at Buckeyes games?), but your chants have got to fun.

The Good

Penn State: "Let's Go P-S-U", with tapping of metal as a drumbeat. The Whiteouts—which envelop student section  and (sometimes) the stadium are extra special too.

Michigan: "It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine". It's pretty awesome—particularly if you're on the road.

LSU: "You suck"—Especially when the South Carolina Gamecocks are playing.

Alabama: "Rammer Jammer". Auburn's version at Alabama - with the words "Go to hell, Alabama!" was equally amusing. And loud.

Tennessee: "Rocky Top"—Not technically a chant, but it's repeated so often you'll have it in your head as much as any fight song or chant.

Texas A&M: "Saw Varsity's Horns Off"—Singing, swaying, screaming; makes hatred sound good. And Aggies fans have a better reputation for chanting than they do football.

Oregon: Not so much chanting, but the insane noise. Headaches away...

Wisconsin: Who doesn't love jump around, starring 25,000 white kids wearing red?

The Mediocre

Florida: Might be loud, but the Gator chomp doesn't really do it for me.

Texas: Nor does the singing of "The Eyes of Texas". Cool shirts, though.

Georgia: Should have made "The ugly", because of the growling and barking—by humans. But UGA, who's known to bite opposing players, gets a big vote. Thank God LSU hasn't put the Tiger on the loose, eh?

Oklahoma: "Boomer Sooner". Boomer! Sooner! Wow! Who cares?

Ohio State: "O-H-I-O" (fans). The band is pretty damned cool, though. So's "We don't give a damn about Michigan".

The Plain Bad

Arkansas: "Woo Pig Soiee". Oh, dear God. Even worse when your new coach "calls the hogs" in a press conference.

University of Pennsylvania: Throwing toast. Sad that your team hasn't thrown a hit in a while.

If they don't have a chant, and they just love singing the 'Alma Mater' instead, they shouldn't be your club. After all, you didn't go to the school. Why sing the Alma Mater? (The VFA tends to at college football games when the home team is singing their school song. That, and we generally hate the tune and lyrics.)

Here are some classics for you:

'Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer'

'Let's go P-S-U' (As seen in Paternoville)

And how could we forget "Jump Around" (comes in at 30 secs)


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.