Top 5 Traditions in ACC Football
Top 5 Traditions in ACC Football
Each fall, college football fans descend onto campuses around the country to partake in traditions that make college football greats. Some traditions involve walking into the stadium where fans line the streets, providing a human tunnel for players to walk through. Others call for players to touch or rub a lucky statue as a pre-game ritual. And in recent years, teams have come up with stadium specific entrances that help to make the experience memorable for anyone in attendance.
Some of these traditions have gone on for over a hundred years, while others have started much more recently. Regardless, these traditions are what make the college football experience unlike any other in American sports. While the coaches and players change regularly, the traditions last for generations.
The SEC might have the best fan bases in college football, but they don’t have the market cornered on traditions. All around the country, teams celebrate their universities with time-honored traditions that define the college football experience. Attending Saturday games in the fall has become a right of passage for many people in the south.
Some people think of the ACC as more of a basketball conference than a football one, but it has its fair share of traditions as well. For a long time, Florida State was a national power, seemingly in the national title hunt every year. Other ACC schools (Miami and Virginia Tech) have joined the conference in recent years and brought long-standing traditions to the conference.
So here’s a look at the top five college football traditions in the ACC.
5.) Florida State's Warchant
One of the top traditions in the conference is the “Warchant” done by Florida State fans. After big plays, the band fires up the rhythmic chant and the crowd is instantly in full throat. The accompanying hand gesture is perfectly choreographed, an imposing sight for opposing players. It was such a popular chant that former Seminoles star Deion Sanders brought it with him the to Atlanta Braves.
4.) Virginia Tech's Enter Sandman
Although a fairly new tradition, the entrance by Virginia Tech is incredible. The band and cheerleaders form a tunnel onto the field. After a series of chants, the stadium speakers start blaring Metallica’s Enter Sandman. The song slowly builds in intensity, while fans in the stadium jump up and down. You can feel the anticipation in the stadium as they wait for the team to take the field. Then, as the song really kicks in, the team takes the field to deafening noise. If it doesn’t give you goose bumps, I don’t know what will.
3.) Clemson's Entrance into Death Valley
Similarly, the entrance at Clemson is legendary. Players stand atop the “ Hill ” and wait while the drama builds. The video board shows the players touching Howard’s Rock (a rock given to former coach Frank Howard in the 1960’s that sits on a podium on top of the hill), and the crowd goes crazy. Without warning, a canon goes off, the players run down the hill and they release thousands of orange balloons into the air. What adds to the excitement is the noise level inside the stadium in Death Valley. It’s one of the loudest environments in the country.
2.) Miami's Entrance Through the Smoke
This tradition is so well-known by college football fans, it really doesn’t need explaining. For years, the Miami Hurricanes football team has come onto the field through a haze of smoke. Players, coaches and mascots all run through and head to the Miami sideline. While it doesn’t elicit the same crazed responses from the fans as Virginia Tech’s or Clemson’s, it’s still incredibly intimidating. Miami was one of the premier teams in college football for a twenty-year period and rarely lost at home. Some teams were already beaten when they took the field … and their spirits were crushed as soon as they saw players entering through the smoke.
1.) Florida State's Chief Osceola and Renegade
Florida State makes the list twice with Chief Osceola and his horse Renegade. In front of 83,000 screaming Seminole fans, Chief Osceola and Renegade gallop out to midfield with a flaming spear. Renegade raises up on to his back legs and Chief Osceola fires the spear into the ground while the entire Florida State team and their opponent looks on. It’s meant to intimidate and it has for decades in Tallahassee.