College Football is a game of traditions. Nationally, you think about the dotting of the “I” at Ohio State, tree sitting in Berkeley, the awesome War Eagle in Auburn, and many other great traditions in college football. For this week’s feature, we’re going to look at a couple of traditions for each Big 12 school. The Big 12 certainly has some of the largest mascots around, such as Bevo, Ralphi, and Mangino, but each school except Iowa State adds something unique to the conference.
Here’s a look at two football traditions at each Big 12 member institiution:
The Baylor Line – A group of ten to twelve students wearing matching yellow shirts leads the Baylor spirit at spacious Floyd Casey Stadium.
Lack of Movement – Dancing is prohibited at Baylor football games.
Ralphie – Probably the most identifiable and best mascot in college football, Ralphie leads the Buffaloes on the field.
Recruiting Trips Gone Wild – While recruiting visits all over the country are subject to NCAA scrutiny, Colorado is known for the wildest ones with the most illegal activities, a lot of them felonies.
Iowa State has no football traditions.
Rock Chalk – The Kansas chant “Rock Chalk Jayhawk” is known nationally as one of the best cheers for the home team in all of college football.
Basketball – Kansas fans are unique in the Big 12 in that they don’t really care about football. Basketball is king in Lawrence.
Willie – The identity of the K-State mascot, Willie, is kept a secret from the entire student body.
Purple – Like Barney, Purple is the only official school color at Kansas State. Sometimes it’s hard to read the numbers on the jerseys when they are the same shade of purple as the jersey itself.
Goalposts – Tearing down the goalposts and marching them to Harpo’s Bar and Grill is a tradition at Mizzou.
Homecoming – Every year, Mizzou has a game it designates as homecoming. All former students are encouraged to come back to that game. Mizzou claims to be the first school to designate a game as the homecoming game.
Blackshirts – The Nebraska defense is often referred to as the Blackshirts. Most college football fans know this term and identify it with the Cornhusker defense.
Herbie Husker – The mascot in Lincoln, Herbie Husker, looks like Fred Flintstone on steroids.
Sooner Schooner – The Boomer Schooner rides on the field after Oklahoma touchdowns and has been known to draw penalty flags.
Big Red Motors – The name changes every few years, but local car dealerships provide Sooner football players with cash and cars.
The Visitors – The PA announcer at Boone Pickens Stadium refers to the visiting team as “The Visitors”.
Empty Seats – Oklahoma State won’t sell seats to visiting teams. Instead, they charge inflated ticket prices and leave the unsold seats empty.
Aggie Hex Rally – Before the Texas A&M game, Texas students gather and light candles to try and hex the Aggies.
Cow – Texas has a cow in their endzone during home games.
12th Man – All Aggie students stand for the duration of the football game to show their willingness to go on the field if they are needed.
Reveille – The previous mascots have all been buried outside Kyle Field, and they have their very own scoreboard so they can see the score from their graves.
Tortillas – Tech fans throw tortillas on the field during football games.
Vandalism – Tech fans tear bleachers out of Jones stadium during games.