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University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
UCLA is not only a top school academically, but has a history of winning teams, especially under the leadership of legendary basketball coach John Wooden who, among other accomplishments, led his team to 10 NCAA basketball championships between 1964 and 1975. Home of the "8 clap" cheer, which every self-respecting Bruin must learn, UCLA athletics plays a big part in attracting the best and the brightest to its campus. It's rivalry with USC is one of the most heated in college... football. UCLA is a PAC 12 team.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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University of Southern California
University of Southern California, home of the Trojans, boasts passionate fans, both students and alumni. USC is a member of the PAC 12 conference. Located in Los Angeles, USC football games are played at the gigantic Los Angeles Colosseum, which seats 90,000 people, most of who will be wearing the USC colors, crimson and gold. With many famous alumni, USC sporting events can be a celebrity watcher's dream. One of the biggest games each season is always USC vs UCLA, when crosstown - and... often intra-family - rivalries are stoked.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Auburn Tigers football is a big deal in Auburn, Alabama, especially when they're playing state rivals University of Alabama. Each home game, the Auburn eagle takes flight before the kickoff, described as a majestic and breathless experience for those in the stands. Auburn Tigers follow game day rituals closely, and local fans add to the student body in the stands, cheering on their beloved Tigers. Auburn is a member of the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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University of Alabama
'Bama's trademarked and instantly recognized "roll tide" cheer can be heard far and wide in Tuscaloosa on game day. Tailgating by loyal fans who come from far and wide starts the Thursday before, with many setting up tents with big screen TVs to watch the game, since tickets can be impossible to come by. The Alabama-Auburn game is always the highlight of the season, when rivalries between friends and family members are spotlighted. Students pack the stands for home and away... games, traveling with their beloved Crimson Tide as often as they can. University of Alabama is a member of the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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The Ohio State University
There's no sound devoted Ohio State football fans like more than the ringing of the Victory Bell on campus, signifying an Ohio State win. A member of the Big Ten conference, the Buckeyes have a huge base of fans, partly because the school is one of the largest in the country. Homecoming at Ohio State brings out the crimson and grey decorations in dorms and fraternities and sororities, since it is a huge celebration each fall. A grand tradition is "dotting the i," an honor given to a... lucky band member each time the the band does the script Ohio formation. Traditions are important to this successful football program. One of the biggest rivalries in all of college football is between Ohio State and University of Michigan.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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University of Michigan
The Michigan Wolverines yell "Go Blue!" to cheer on their team, and that's just the beginning of the spirited traditions you'll find at the Ann Arbor school on game days. The third quarter wave is something to behold, far grander than any wave you might see at any other game. "The Big House," as the Michigan stadium is known, is the largest college football stadium in America, seating exactly 107,601 people. Students and alumni wouldn't miss a game, especially when... playing rival Big Ten team, Ohio State.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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University of Florida
The largest pre-game pep rally takes place at the University of Florida the night before the Gators take to the field, and that's just the start of the school spirit seen at Florida in support of their football team. Once in the stands, the Gators alumni and students do a shout-off with the "orange and blue" chant. A little known fact about the Gators is that Gatorade®, the ubiquitous drink seen at practically at every sporting event, was invented by a physician to keep the... University of Florida Gators hydrated during games. Their in-state rivalry with fellow Southeastern Conference team Florida State is one of football's biggest and best known competitions.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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The Florida State Seminoles "Tomahawk Chop," though not officially endorsed by the school due to the politically incorrect nature of the name, is done with the War Chant, the loud and unmistakable fan's yell at every game. The FSU marching band is huge, with over 400 members. Sports Illustrated has said that the Marching Chiefs are the "band that never lost a halftime," they are so impressive. FSU fans dress in garnet and gold to show their school spirit and support.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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University of Nebraska
With a history of the longest series of sold out games in college football history, the Big Ten Cornhuskers are some of the most loyal and enthusiastic fans in the country. Fans regularly travel from all over the country to attend home games, proudly donning their Cornhuskers gear to join the students in cheering on their team. No matter how cold or snowy, the stands are always packed for home games. While there is some debate about which school is their biggest rival, the oldest and best known... may be University of Oklahoma.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma, a Big 12 conference team, may be the only school with an inanimate object as its mascot. The "Sooner Schooner," as it's known, is a replica of a covered wagon, a nod to the early days of the 20th century when prospectors made their way to Oklahoma in search of land and oil. Fans go nuts when the Ruf/Neks, an all-male spirit squad, rides around the south end of the Sooner stadium after each home team touchdown. Another tradition is dressing up the Seed... Sower, a statue on the University of Oklahoma's Norman campus, in the crimson and cream colors that represent the school.