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Best Traditions
August 22, 2011
1. OHIO STATE
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August 22, 2011

Best Traditions

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1. OHIO STATE

Script Ohio

To the untrained eye high above the field, it might appear at first that the members of the Ohio State University Marching Band are imitating a snake. In fact, they are executing a highly choreographed, 75-year-old tradition that brings chills to the fans—and the fans to a roar—at every Buckeyes home game.

Beginning from a Block O formation, band members loop and strut in unison while playing the four-minute military march Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse. By song's end, they've spelled out "O h i o," climaxing when a senior sousaphone player performs the honor of dotting the i.

2. AUBURN

War Eagle

Jordan-Hare Stadium gets loud for big hits and TDs but rarely louder than when Nova the golden eagle soars overhead and lands near the 50-yard line as almost 90,000 fans scream, "W-a-a-a-r Eagle!"

3. TEXAS A&M

Midnight Yell

A&M students take their role as the 12th Man very seriously—so much so that the night before home games, roughly 20,000 students gather at Kyle Field for a de facto pep rally.

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