One thing that college football has more of than any other sport, collegiate of professional, is pageantry. Every school has a host of time-honored traditions that fans partake in every Saturday in the fall.

Here are some of our favorite underrated game day traditions in the SEC East. Let us know your favorites in the comments.


The Denny Chimes, named for former University of Alabama president George H. Denny (who also forms half the namesake of UA’s Bryant-Denny Stadium), reside in a bell tower on the South side of the quad on Alabama’s campus. The tower was first erected in the late 1920s, but it’s what’s at the base of the bell tower that holds significance among Alabama’s many football traditions. Known as the Walk of Fame, Alabama’s football captains leave their hand and footprints in cement slabs surrounding the base of the tower each year. The ceremony is part of Alabama’s annual A-Day festivities, which honor the team’s captains from previous seasons. This tradition has lasted since 1948, and football legends like Joe Namath, Kenny Stabler, Lee Roy Jordan, Derrick Thomas, Antonio Langham and dozens of others have all left prints at the base of the Denny Chimes.


While the Arkansas fan base is best known for Calling the Hogs, it also maintains the game day tradition of running through the “A” and onto the field to start a game. If this sounds a lot like Tennessee’s running through the “T,” it’s because the two traditions are more or less the same. The Razorbacks’ marching band forms the “A” following its pregame performance, and players come flying out of the runner and through the “A” to raucous cheers as the team and its fans allow the adrenaline to flow just before kickoff.


Fans of the SEC are surely familiar with Auburn’s famed Toomer’s Corner and “War Eagle” pregame festivities. But fans outside the plains might not be as familiar with another Auburn pregame ritual: the marching band’s epic entrance video. The video welcomes the band onto the field as it prepares to perform its pregame show, which leads right into the national anthem and kickoff inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. The band’s entrance video is often as intense, if not more intense, than the players’ entrance video, and it’s a moment true Auburn faithful anxiously await before kickoff on Saturdays.

LSU — 1st, 2nd, 3rd DOWN CHEERS

One of the lesser known traditions on game days in Death Valley is the chanting fans do following first, second and third downs during the course of a game. Fans only perform the chants when LSU has possession, but there are three chants to be used depending on the down. On first downs, the LSU marching band plays a riff from the jazz standard “Tiger Rag” and fans follow the riff by chanting “Geaux Tigers” in unison. On second downs, the band plays a different riff and fans chant “L-S-U” together. On third downs, the band plays a excerpt from the famous rock anthem “Eye of the Tiger” — first performed by the band Survivor, best known from the film Rocky.


We all know about the tailgating experience at the Grove in nearby Oxford, Miss., home of the Ole Miss Rebels, but Mississippi State has a pretty nice and tradition-laden tailgating spot of its own in Starkville. The Junction was once the intersection of five busy roads in Starkville, and it derived its name from the full name “Malfunction Junction,” given to the intersection to represent its regular traffic woes. That site is now a beautiful tailgating area for Mississippi State fans, and it served as home to the SEC Nation and College GameDay crews when they visited Starkville on consecutive Saturdays last October. Located between Davis Wade Stadium and the university’s Welcome Center, the spot is right in the heart of MSU’s game day festivities, and it’s filled with sounds from Mississippi State’s best-known game day tradition: the wagging of the cowbell.


Before the start of every game, fans inside Ole Miss’ Vaught-Hemingway Stadium lock arms and sway side to side as a unit, helping to build the intensity inside one of the SEC’s most intimate football stadiums. The concept sounds simple, but the visual is pretty powerful, and it certainly gives both fans and players alike a source of adrenaline as a new game is about to begin. What began as a way to attract fans inside the stadium before the start of a game (which is easier said than done when the Grove is available for tailgating) has now become of the SEC’s least-known but most exciting game day traditions.


Although the Aggies have only been members of the SEC for three seasons, most SEC fans were already familiar with the “12th man” and the “Midnight Yell” traditions. One tradition most SEC fans outside of College Station were not familiar with is A&M’s annual “Maroon Out” in which the entire fan base dons matching maroon shirts at one home football and basketball game each year. The tradition began in the 1998, one year after A&M was slaughtered by Nebraska on the gridiron in the Big 12 title game. Members of A&M’s student government at the time noticed how unified Nebraska’s fan base was and how impactful those fans were on the game. The next year, the Aggies held their first “Maroon Out” when Nebraska came to town, then defeated the then-No. 2 Cornhuskers 28-21. The tradition remains in tact today and now there’s even a @MaroonOut Twitter handle to help keep fans in the loop.