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A Look into the Top 3 Traditions in College Football

Of course the cowbell, but here are some other great college football traditions.

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When it comes to the game itself, it’s all about tradition and fun. The crowd is hyped as are the players, adding an entirely new energy and theatrical show. That said, it’s only fitting that a list be made of college football’s most memorable and exciting moments.

No. 1

Jump Around - Wisconsin Badgers

Is there any doubt? Jump Around is not only a treat for the Badgers and their fans, but for opponents as well. Everybody and their grandmother knows what time it is once the third quarter is over.

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Being that Camp Randall is already one of the toughest places to play, this tradition takes that up a notch. Win or lose, Jump Around is the game’s main highlight. No matter what, it’s always a good time in Madison, especially when the stadium turns into a true House of Pain.

No. 2

Enter Sandman - Virginia Tech Hokies

Like Jump Around, there is a chain reaction throughout the stadium when the music starts. However, Enter Sandman plays at the beginning of the Hokies’ entrance onto the field. Lane Stadium is also small and more compact, heightening the level of noise. The building becomes a madhouse, ultimately resulting in Virginia Tech putting on a spectacle.

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It’s a theatrical performance that even gets the announcers pumped up. The Hokies are supposed to be right in the mix amongst those ranked in the top 25, as Lane is sure to be packed throughout the season. Virginia Tech is one of a kind, thus earning the second spot on this list.

No. 3

Running Down the Hill - Clemson Tigers

Also an entrance, this tradition is right there with Tech but only separated due to the fact that there is no music. Other than that, Clemson Memorial Stadium is a place any college football fan must visit. Having won a national championship and appearing in two also elevates their level of exposure.

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Howard’s Rock is special and any player who touches it elevates themselves into another stratosphere. The stadium gets rocking and like Jump Around, even the opposition takes note. From the moment the players board the buses and ride around the stadium, fans know what’s coming. Take a visit to Clemson, it will be worth your time, believe that.


To be honest, all three could be number one, as each of the traditions mentioned above make a strong case. In addition, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, and Clemson all have a shot at the ultimate goal, which will make Jump Around, Enter Sandman, and Running Down the Hill an even better show. There is nothing like tradition in college football, and it will be on full display come week 1.