Top 5 College Traditions


Rhys Riddle, Staff Writer

There are colleges all over the country and many things set them apart from each other. Many colleges come up with fun traditions that have been passed down for years. College traditions are one of the big things that make college interesting and fun.

 Texas Tech University Tortillas Throw
This tradition started in 1989, students would throw bottle caps onto the football field during games. Over the years it slowly changed into the whole student section throwing tortillas onto the field every time Tech would score. Security at Tech’s stadium tries to prevent this, but the students always find a way to sneak the tortillas into the stadium.

Texas A&M University 12th Man
In 1922, Aggies were in a tough game against Centre College. When all the players had been injured, a man in the stands that was on the practice squad looked at the coach and the coach waved him down onto the field. The coach told him to suit up, and he did just so under the bleachers. After all of this, the Aggies would go to win the game 22-14. Now the 12th man is referred to as the whole student body. The student body stands the entirety of games to show their support.

Ohio State University Script
This tradition began 1936, in a rival football game against University of Michigan. During half time the Ohio State band went on the field, performing in a way nobody has ever seen before. They spelled out Ohio in cursive and played their songs instead of standing in straight lines. The tradition has carried on and is still part of their performances today. 

Harvard University Little Red Flag
In 1884, Harvard freshman Frederick Plummer went to watch the game against their Rival Yale University and carried a  tiny red flag with the letter “H” on it. This flag represented luck and the tradition was born. Little red flags all over the place at the Harvard-Yale games.

Florida State Osceola and Renegade
With the Seminole Tribes‘ approval in 1978, Florida state debuted its new tradition of Osceola, the tribe’s historic leader riding out on an Appaloosa Horse named Renegade before each home game. They ride to mid-field with a burning spear and plant it in the middle of the field to represent the powerful past that led the school to where they are today.