Top College Football Traditions and Rituals

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College football is a culture with it’s own set of rituals and traditions. Here are some of the best, according to players, coachers and spectators.
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The Little Red Flag

This flag is awarded to the most loyal Harvard football supporter and is passed on through the years. The person with the flag carries it on a stick to each game.
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Pink Locker Rooms

The visiting team’s locker rooms are completely pink at Iowa’s Kinnkick stadium. A past coach felt it gave his team the edge because the pink color would calm the other team.
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Ohio State Marching Band

When the Ohio State marching band spells out “Ohio,” only an honored member of the band gets to dot the “i.”
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Running Ralphie

At University of Colorado football games, five students run the buffalo, named Ralphie, in a horseshoe pattern on the field.
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The Haka

The Haka is a war dance that the University of Hawaii football players do before and after games.
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The War Eagle

At Auburn University, the war eagle takes a flight around the football field to rally the spectators.
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Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk

This cheer, which is chanted by Kansas fans and was called the “best college chant in the country” by Teddy Roosevelt.
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Howard’s Rock

At Clemson, people rub Howard’s Rock for good luck before the football games.
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Ramblin’ Wreck

At Georgia Tech, a 1930s truck is driven around the field during games to rally the audience.
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The World’s Largest Drum

At Purdue University, the world’s largest drum has been wheeled out for football games since the 1920s.
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