'Jump Around' voted best College Football Tradition Fans name Camp Randall ritual No. 1 in SI.com contest
Nov. 27, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin football fans that attend Badger games at Camp Randall Stadium all have their own favorite traditions and rituals. But one has become synonymous with the Badgers: Jump Around.
When ‘Jump Around’ is played between the third and fourth quarters, the stands erupt, the stadium shakes and thousands of fans do as the song instructs. The ritual is so popular that is was voted the winner of SI.com’s College Football Traditions Bracket.
The folks at Sports Illustrated picked 16 of the top college football traditions from across the country and came up with a March Madness-style bracket. Jump Around was pitted against USC and its tradition of Tommy Trojan and his horse, Traveler, in the first round of voting.
Other matchups of traditions included: • Ohio State and its “Script Ohio” and dotting the “I” tradition vs. Tennessee fans singing “Rocky Top.”
• Chief Osceola on his horse Renegade planting a flaming spear at the 50-yard line before Florida State games vs. West Virginia and its singing of the John Denver hit “Take Me Home Country Roads” at the beginning and end of games.
• Georgia Tech and its 1930 Ford Model A “Ramblin Wreck” takes on Notre Dame’s tradition of players tapping the “Play Like a Champion Today” sign as they leave the locker room.
• Auburn’s “War Eagle VII” takes on Clemson’s tradition of touching “Howard’s Rock” as players enter the stadium.
• Ralphie the Buffalo and his five brave student handlers who charge out on the field before Colorado home games take on the tradition of “Calling the Hogs” at Arkansas.
• Oklahoma’s Sooner Schooner tradition faces the Army-Navy “March On,” which takes place in the season finale when the Corps of Cadets and the Brigade of Midshipmen march into the stadium before the Army-Navy game.
• “The 12th Man” tradition at Texas A&M faces the Florida Gators and their Gator Chomp.