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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.
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.
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.
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.”
At University of Colorado football games, five students run the buffalo, named Ralphie, in a horseshoe pattern on the field.
The Haka is a war dance that the University of Hawaii football players do before and after games.
The War Eagle
At Auburn University, the war eagle takes a flight around the football field to rally the spectators.
Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk
This cheer, which is chanted by Kansas fans and was called the “best college chant in the country” by Teddy Roosevelt.
At Clemson, people rub Howard’s Rock for good luck before the football games.
At Georgia Tech, a 1930s truck is driven around the field during games to rally the audience.
The World’s Largest Drum
At Purdue University, the world’s largest drum has been wheeled out for football games since the 1920s.