University game days are marked by traditions like partying, the gathering of friends and more, but it is the pageantry surrounding a game-day atmosphere that is most spectacular. 

Ardent pride for one’s school is palpable—and often showcased in myriad ways. Each university brings something different to the table on Saturdays. That uniqueness creates a culture rooted in togetherness and camaraderie. 

Here, we’ll look at the 13 best game-day traditions in college football, including acts made possible by the respective fanbases, universities and the teams themselves.

Woooooooo Pig Sooie!

At Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, the Fayetteville, Arkansas, faithful offers a cry for its team to come out of the tunnel and charge onto the field of battle. 

This unique act is akin to someone calling after a pig. Unsurprisingly, this tradition is dubbed “Calling the Hogs.” A group of farmers first uttered the “Woo Pig Sooie” chant as a means to galvanize the squad back in the 1920s. 

This universal call unites Razorbacks fans from across the country. 

Go Blue Entrance

Holding nearly 108,000 people, Michigan Stadium is the biggest stadium in the country—and the second-largest in the entire world. Michigan players run onto the sparkling field amidst a blur of maize and blue.

Since 1962, a “Go Blue” banner has sat at midfield. As the players pass under the massive entity, each member jumps up and pats the sign. 

Tradition goes hand-in-hand with Michigan football. It’s the winningest football program in the history of college football—with 915 victories. 

West Virginia’s Link to John Denver

The faithful at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown has a fascinating tradition after every home victory. 

John Denver’s song “Take Me Home, Country Roads” is the official song for West Virginia University. Supporters of the school have essentially fallen in love with the ballad since its inception in 1971.

Dating back to 1972, the song has been played during the pregame of every contest. Since 1980, the song has been sung by both the crowd and players after every win. In unison, a chorus breaks out amidst a gigantic sea of blue and old gold. 

It symbolizes not only the patriotism and pride associated with the football program, but also the entire state. 

Running Through the “T”

Ever since former head coach Doug Dickey introduced the “T” to the helmets in 1964, the letter has become a staple of the game-day atmosphere in Knoxville. 

The “Running Through the T” marks the conclusion of Tennessee’s pregame activities. The marching band forms a gigantic “T”—drawing monumental cheers on Rocky Top. The players then run out of the tunnel and through the formation with fervor. 

This scene has become a considerable point of interest not only with locals, but also visiting fans taking in a game at Neyland Stadium.