All hail mighty Alabama! The Crimson Tide are so easy to hate because veteran coach Nick Saban’s team is so darn hard to beat. Even their fans seem to be sick of winning all the team. To keep things interesting whenever they face another team, and especially in-state rivals, Auburn, they burst out with their infamous ‘Rammer Jammer’ cheer.
Feel free to use the chant and just replace ‘Auburn’ with whatever school you please, it is still guaranteed to burn when used: Hey Auburn! Hey Auburn! Hey Auburn! We just beat the hell outta’ you! Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer, Give ‘em Hell, Alabama! Using so many ‘-er’ words seems to have been planned to disguise the fact that they don’t rhyme with Alabama. Who cares, just Rollllll TIDE!
The University of Pennsylvania
This kooky and somewhat cheesy tradition is allegedly inspired by cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Ivy League is not the obvious choice when thinking about college football, but you may want to attend the University of Pennsylvania’s football games. They are apparently the toast of the town (pun fully intended).
When the school’s fight song comes on, students pelt the field with bagels, bread and all manner of baked goods as soon as the line “Here’s a toast to dear old Penn” is uttered. And to top it off, a toast shaped Zamboni rolls through the field post-game to clean everything up.
Wake Forest University
With a name like the Demon Deacons, no wonder every winning game is an excuse to play a Halloween-inspired trick. Wake Forest University students head to the quad and use toilet paper to emulate the sideburns of their Muppet-like and strangely adorable mascot, the Demon Deacon.
It’s a good thing for college sports fans that leaving high school and starting college does not magically make you more mature, especially regarding college sports traditions. If undergrads automatically became adults and only used toilet paper for its intended purpose, we would be robbed of some amazing and hilarious college sports rituals.
The University of Colorado
No Colorado University football home game is complete without an appearance from Ralphie the Buffalo, the school’s mascot. It takes five varsity student-athletes to run it around the field at the beginning of each game in a horseshoe pattern. Despite the name, Ralphie is actually a female buffalo, which are chosen because they are generally smaller and less aggressive. Ralphie usually makes an appearance during home games, special events and will even travel to special away games in a custom black trailer with its name on it in gold.
The Colorado football team became the Buffaloes in 1934, and at the end of that season, a live buffalo first appeared at a game. The tradition of having Ralphie run on the field, however, started in 1967. The team is now on Ralphie number five and the place in which Ralphie is kept between games is a closely guarded secret because the mascot was already kidnapped once by the Air Force Academy and CU students are determined to keep it safe.
University of Notre Dame
A part of the school’s marching band, The Irish Guard is comprised of 10 students dressed in a traditional Scottish kilt and the famous Notre Dame tartan, who lead the Band of the Fighting Irish onto the field during home games.
The guard was formed in 1949 and it is not as easy to join as you may think. There are yearly tryouts and the guardsmen who are accepted must know how to march, show love for the school and serve as examples of decorum. After some bad conduct in 2014, a requirement was added that members of the guard had to have spent at least one year in the marching band to be eligible. This did not go over well with the student body who don’t understand the connection between being able to play an instrument and marching.