College football loyalty runs thicker than blood here in Oklahoma, and the same is true in other states within the Big 12 conference. These schools have longstanding traditions associated with their football teams that instill school pride in all of the fans. Here are some of the best football traditions in the Big 12.
1. Rock Chalk – Kansas University
Kansas fans hauntingly sing “Rock chalk Jayhawk K-U” during football and basketball games. The foreboding chorus fills the opposing team and fans with dread.
2. Boomer Sooner – University of Oklahoma
If you’ve ever wondered how to find an OU fan in a crowd, just yell “Boomer!” Chances are an OU fan will respond with “Sooner!” and the chant will repeat over and over again. This is chanted during football games and pretty much everywhere OU fans congregate.
3. "Country Roads" – West Virginia University
The theme song of West Virginia has been performed before every home football game since 1972. After every win at home the team joins the fans in singing the song as well.
4. "The Eyes of Texas" – University of Texas
A song created by students and sung to the tune of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” is played by the Longhorn Marching Band at all home football games. It reminds students that they are the pride of the state, and the eyes of Texas are always on them.
5. Baylor Bear- Baylor University
Baylor has live bears as their mascot and an entire bear program through their campus. The current bear mascots, Joy and Lady live together in the school’s bear habitat and are often on display for students and fans.
6. "Wabash Cannonball" – Kansas State University
Back in 1969 the music department burnt down at Kansas State University. The one piece of music that survived was the Wabash Cannonball, and at the next home football game they played the song. Now it has become a second fight song for the school.
7. "Sweet Caroline" – Iowa State University
ISU fans sing "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond between the third and fourth quarters of football games when they are winning. They also sing it at the end of the game after an important win. Most notably, ISU sang this song when they rushed the field after upsetting OSU, crushing our title game dreams.