One of the great traditions of college football is to watch your favorite program run on to the field. Each school has a different tradition; some are more memorable than others.
A team’s entrance on to the field is one of the most exciting moments of any game a college football fan attends.
25. West Virginia University, “Take Me Home Country Roads“
Led by a Mountaineer, the West Virginia players storm the field after the performance of John Denver’s classic tune. The song is a source of pride for West Virginians.
24. University of Arkansas, “Pig Sooie“
As the Razorbacks enter the field of play, their fans chant a fight song called Pig Sooie. Pig Sooie is chanted by the fans throughout the game. This may be one of the few entrances where the fans are a big part of getting the players excited.
23. East Carolina University, “Purple Haze”
Entering the field with Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze,” it gets the Pirates fans tremendously excited. It is great to see that a rock-and-roll classic is used to amp up the fans and football team.
22. Vanderbilt University, “Foghorn”
Vanderbilt’s ROTC members sound a foghorn to let the Commodores fans know that their players are coming out on to the field. Only the ROTC members are allowed to sound the foghorn. It makes the list because it annoys the opposition.
21. Texas A&M University, “Some May Boast“
The largest military band assembled leads the Aggies onto the field against their competition. After the players reach the field, they are joined by their fans, known as “The 12th Man.”
20. University of Tennessee, “Running Through the T“
A great spectacle in front of 100,000 Volunteer fans. The players run between the marching band, which lines up to form a “T” that mimics the logo of the University of Tennessee.
19. University of South Carolina, “2001: A Space Odyssey“
This entrance made the list because the idea was inspired by Elvis. Former South Carolina quarterback Tommy Suggs came up with the idea at an Elvis Presley concert.
18. University of Kentucky, “My Old Kentucky Home“
Before the start of every game as its team steps onto the field, the Kentucky faithful sing “My Old Kentucky Home.” It is also known as a song played right before the Kentucky Derby. A call to post calls the players onto the field.
17. Auburn University, “Tiger Walk“
Started as a tradition with the student body walking alongside the players into the stadium, Tiger Walk allows Tigers players and coaches connect with their fans and the War Eagle is released to fly over Jordan-Hare Stadium.
16. University of Oregon, “Donald Duck on a Harley“
Not just any school has the chance to have Donald Duck as its school mascot. In 1947, Oregon athletic director Leo Harris came to an agreement with Walt Disney for the right to use Donald Duck. I don’t think Walt ever imagined this. That is why it makes this list.
15. University of Nebraska, “The Tunnel Walk“
The Tunnel Walk lets the opposition know that Nebraska has been gunning for its since stepping into Memorial Stadium. One of the great parts of the Tunnel Walk is the fan participation in the entrance.
14. University of Miami, “The Smoke“
Started in the 1950s, the smoke was set off by fire extinguishers. The players of the University of Miami believe the smoke has special powers that has allowed them to win five national titles in its program’s history.
13. University of Iowa, “Back In Black“
The AC/DC classic brings the house down at Kinnick Stadium. This is so fun to have the fans sing along to an arena rock anthem.
12. Purdue University, “The World’s Largest Drum“
Though the University of Texas tried to put up a good fight with Big Bertha, Purdue’s drum was larger. This is a great show because the student body and band lead their Boilermakers on to the field.
11. Southern California, “Traveler and Tommy Trojan“
Leading USC on to the field, the combo of Traveler and Tommy Trojan intimidates the opposition by throwing the sword into the field. USC has been led onto the field by these two since 1961 against Georgia Tech at the Coliseum.
10. Texas Tech, “Masked Raider“
Riding out for the first time at the 1954 Gator Bowl, the Masked Raider became one of the great traditions of college football. At the time, it shocked opponent Auburn to the point where it was upset by the Red Raiders.
9. Notre Dame, “Play Like A Champion Today“
Though it was first introduced by Oklahoma, Notre Dame made it famous. Coach Lou Holtz started the tradition in 1986, however, NBC has televised the players touching it since they began coverage of Notre Dame home games since 1991.
8. University of Oklahoma, “The Sooner Schooner“
This entrance makes the Sooners feel that they are about ready to put a whipping while the opposition is about to enjoy a musical instead of a football showdown. Matching white ponies pull a wagon on to the field and the players follow it.
7. University of Texas, “Bevo“
When Bevo walks on to the field to take his place in his cowpen, the Longhorns players follow him on to the field. One captain brings out the American flag and another brings out the Lone Star flag.
6. University of Colorado, “Run Ralphie Run“
This entrance makes the list because of the involvement of the student body. Running alongside of a 1,300-pound female buffalo could be intimidating. As an opponent, it must be scary to have it run at your sideline.
5. Virginia Tech, “Enter Sandman“
Virginia Tech enters the field with the Metallica classic “Enter Sandman” as the Hokies run onto the field. The song is synonymous with despair, especially for the opposition.
4. Georgia Tech, “Ramblin’ Wreck“
The official mechanical mascot since 1961, the 1930 Model A has been synonymous with the spirit of Georgia Tech. This vehicle rolls onto the field and is run by students, including cheerleaders standing on the car’s running boards. No other program runs such a pristine vehicle onto the field.
3. University of Michigan, “Go Blue“
With as much pageantry as any entrance, the Michigan entrance is one of the great parts of college football. The players jump up and touch a banner, saluting them to signal to the fans they are ready for battle.
2. Florida State University, “Chief Osceola and Renegade“
First started in 1978, Florida State has been led on to the field by the field by the duo of Chief Osceola and Renegade. Bobby Bowden was inspired to bring the idea to life by an FSU alumnus. If Bowden liked this idea, it must be on this list.
1. Clemson University, “The Most Exciting 25 Seconds in College Football“
Before each Clemson home game, the Tigers gather at the top of the student section of Memorial Stadium to rub Howard’s Rock for good luck. Once each player and coach rubs it, he runs down the hill through the student section and on to the field. Rubbing the rock symbolizes why Clemson gets so amped up, as it gives 110 percent.
Edwin Alexander is a Florida State University alumnus and Seminole fan. He earned a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Supply Chain Management from Florida State University in 2009.