Not only does the South Eastern Conference take pride of being the best conference in the nation for college football, it also has some of the greatest traditions in football today! There is nothing like Southern Comfort and the SEC will give you the entire nine yards. Football is way of life for people in the South and they take great pride of showing that they do so. In my opinion there are too many to choose from so after research I have chosen my top 10, sorry if you feel like your tradition should be higher ranked than I have picked.
Number 10 on my list would have to be the "Freshman Walk" at Vanderbilt.
All though Vandy isn't the greatest team in the SEC, the "Freshman Walk" is original and I like it. The entire freshman class has to storm Dudley field before the game opener. Heck, that game is probably has the most attendance as they will all year because let's face it, the Commodores don't have the greatest football program.
Number nine on my list is the "Woooo-Pig-Sooie" chant at the University of Arkansas
. No matter where you go in the state of Arkansas, you will hear this chant (trust me). Before every home game the hog fans "Stand up" to call those Hogs. I've never seen so many pigs standing up in a crowd just to say Wooo Pig Sooie three times and add the word Razorbacks at the end. It is the first thing a hog fan will teach his/her child to become a "true" razorback fan. If you can't learn this chant, I will say you a probably not the most intelligent person if you can't learn this chant because it is by far the easiest chant to learn in college football. Arkansas fans don’t get mad that your tradition isn’t higher on the list, you haven’t been in the SEC to long.
Number eight is the most annoying sound in college football; the famous cowbells at Mississippi State
. In the early 1900's a mysterious cow interrupted a game and later the Bulldogs won the game. The cowbells represent good luck, wow! Of all the objects to choose from, they chose the most annoying sound in the entire world. If you want a head ache head on down to Starkville, Mississippi and they can get the job done. Mississippi state fans, don't feel offended when people refer to you as a "Cow-College" because you represent it well.
Number seven is the beautiful "War Eagle" flying high around the Jordan-Hare stadium at the University of Auburn
. This bird is released and it trained to fly around the entire stadium above all the excited fans before a home game, so watch out for poop from falling on your head. All though Auburn mascot is the tigers some refer the Auburn as the "War Eagle." The war eagle is more of a battle cry than it is a mascot and the song is played by the Universities band before the game.
Number six in the SEC conference traditions would have to be the beloved dog “Smokey” in good ole Rocky Top at the University of Tennessee.
Smokey is a blue tick bloodhound that leads the Tennessee Volunteers out to the stadium in a giant “T” created by the Tennessee Marching Band. Smokey has represented Tennessee since 1953 and there have been nine different dogs named“Smokey” that run the Volunteers out onto the field.
Number Five! Half way through……Lets head down the Bayou in Louisiana where you can find Mike the Tiger at LSU
. This is probably one of the coolest stories to talk and traditions to talk about in the SEC. In 1934, the decision was made to get a tiger by Athletic Director trainer Chellis Mike Chambers and a few others that have shaped LSU to what it is today. They got the first tiger from the Little Rock Zoo for 750 dollars (which I find funny, because of the rivalry today) and named him Mike after the Athletic Director. Since then, they are now on the sixth tiger. You can always go and see Mike the Tiger that has his own exhibit across the street from the stadium or if you really miss him you can watch him on a live cam online. GEAUX Go Tigers!
Getting closer, now on to number four! The University of Georgia football is like royalty to the entire state and “Uga” represents it all. Uga is a white bulldog
that represents the mascot at the University. There have only been 8 bulldogs and all are owned by Frank. W. Seiler since 1956. Uga has been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and has been in a few movies. If a Georgia fan found out that something has happened the Uga it would be like a national tragedy to Georgia fans.
Now on the top three! “There is no more beautiful spot to tailgate, nor one richer in tradition; the Grove
has been the site of pregame picnicking for more than half a century,” said Sports Illustrated. It is a tradition known far and wide at Ole Miss. Girls and guys dress in their best attire looking like southern women and gentlemen just to tailgate for an Ole Miss Football game. The grove is a 10 acre piece of land in the heart of campus that is covered in a sea of red and blue tents where you will hear the chant “Hotty Toddy” and have the smell of chicken in the air. There is no experience like it, another bucket list idea if anyone needs an idea. Some say everyone is dressed as if they were going to a wedding, but at this point it’s more like a funeral after only winning two games in 2011. Furthermore, Ole Miss has never lost a party! HOTTY TODDY
“The chance of rain is never, it is the cathedral of college football and worship happens here. When the sun finds its home in the western sky, it is a field of glory, but it is much more than that. It is a sacred place; it is Saturday night in Death Valley.” Number two which I could argue could be number one would have to be a night game at Death Valley. Reasons why are simple, it is loud and it is wild. This is something college football players have to attend. The Cajuns have a passion for their football unlike anyone else. If you go to Death Valley and are for the opposing team, you will find the people who want you to enjoy there gumbo or you will not feel wanted at all. When the lights come on at Death Valley on an autumn Saturday night, you will get goose pumps, I don’t care who you are.
And finally Last but not least the number one pick is the oldest tradition and rivalry there is in the SEC, “The Iron Bowl.”
It is the fight to rule the state for a year in the state of Alabama. It is the last game every football season for the University of Alabama and the University of Auburn. The first game was played in the February of 1893 at Lakeview Baseball Park in Birmingham. Despite many rough years to come, Auburn walked away the winner of that game beating Alabama 32-22. This led to a major argument that occurred in 1907 when the two teams tied each other. Because of financial reasons and contracts the teams didn’t play again until 1948 and the Crimson Tide shut out Auburn 55-0. Today if you are born in the state of Alabama you are either a Alabama fan or an Auburn fan, there is not in between. Whether it is shut out or a close game it is a battle between two teams that is fought until the very end and one team leaves the field after the game only thinking about next year.