Well, this is it. The final post on game-day traditions. After considering each school’s nominations, I ranked the best of the best in the conference.
What exactly was I looking for?
DJ in Tallahassee summed it up perfectly: Traditions are supposed to be known nationwide. Whether it's your own school or not, traditions are supposed to send shivers down your back as school pride rushes through you. Even though I've bled garnet & gold since birth, I can't help but get goosebumps seeing Ohio State dot their "i" or when Michigan sings "Hail To the Victors" because it makes me realize how much pride I have in my own school as they do for theirs. THAT is what a tradition is. THAT is what a tradition should do. I'm sorry, but THOSE along with the Warchant and Chief Osceola's spear plant are traditions; nothing else in the ACC is even close.
He might be right.
Here are the top five game-day traditions the ACC has to offer:
1. FSU: Osceola and Renegade: It’s unique, it’s cultural, and it’s a true show that gets the Doak crowd roaring when the spear is planted at midfield. It’s easily one of the most recognizable traditions amongst college football fans nationwide.
2. Clemson: Howard’s Rock and The Hill: They go hand in hand, and it’s been that way for decades. It’s part of what makes Clemson “a football school,” and neither had to be generated by popular music or mechanical tactic. Instead, they are simply rooted in the history of the program.
3. Virginia Tech’s entrance to Enter Sandman: It’s intimidating to opponents. It’s deafening, especially if you’re standing on the field for it. It’s Metallica and it has attitude. But it’s only been around since 2000, and was developed by the marketing and promotions office.
4. Miami’s smoke: The Hurricanes’ home might have changed over the years, but this traditional entrance has remained. You know the word and the image it conjures up, though some hate it -- swagger.
5. Georgia Tech’s Ramblin’ Wreck: It’s quite fitting for the engineering school, and considering it’s led the team onto the field for every home game since 1961, I’d say that’s a staple of ACC football games.