Big Ten's best football traditions? Here's a fun list

The Big Ten is as steep in tradition as any of the nation’s conferences. Considering that, it’s a dubious task to try to rank the top traditions. Athlon Sports was bold enough to give it a stab, and like many people, it thinks Ohio State’s dotting the “I” is the cream of the crop. See the publication’s list in this post.

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Here’s what Athlon said about the Ohio Stadium staple:

“The culmination of “Script Ohio” during the pre-game festivities at Ohio State is a sight to behold. Once the word is spelled out by the marching band, the celebration comes to an end when one lucky sousaphone player dots the “I.” The crowd erupts and the lucky “dotter” puts on quite the show en route to their sacred position.”

No. 2, you ask? It’s the White Out at Beaver Stadium.

“Black outs and blue outs and red outs are cool. But nothing makes a crowd standout like a white out. And when white is one of your primary colors and 110,000 people agree to wear the same color, the result is a stunning visual experience unlike any other in sports. Very few spectators rooting for Penn State will fail to comply with the dress code and the sheer size of the crowd is as intimidating as any in the nation. While other colors actually make the crowd look sparser, a good white out will make your crowd look much bigger.”

That’s a pretty strong top two. There’s no arguing Dotting the “I” is an unbelievable event, and few things make for a more picturesque sight than a White Out on a Saturday night at Beaver Stadium.

Here’s the rest of the top 5: Ohio State vs. Michigan; The Fifth Quarter; The Blackshirts.

See the rest of Athlon’s list.

About Brent Yarina web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.


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ogowan on 7/12/2013 @ 3:57pm EDT Said:

What is the definition of a tradition? That it is repeated each year or that it has always been done? Drinking beer and eating cheese is an old tradition in Wisconsin and fans do a lot of it. Probably the best games are night games as you can imagine.

Reality check on 7/12/2013 @ 9:02pm EDT Said:

Doug now has 48 days to become a Wolverine fan

Brian on 7/13/2013 @ 9:21am EDT Said:

Wisconsin “Jump Around” is nationally recognized and respected. It is not uncommon to see opposing players joining in on the fun. The “Jump Around” should absolutely be #1 on this list. No Doubt.

Rod Munch on 7/13/2013 @ 9:21am EDT Said:

dotting of the “i”….. because it’s better your marching band be well known that the team people are paying their good money to watch….


Nate on 7/13/2013 @ 9:29am EDT Said:

the blackshirts? Nebraska’s defense has been irrelevant for almost 2 decades now

D L Pennell on 7/13/2013 @ 12:05pm EDT Said:

Having attended my share of Buckeyes games in Ohio Stadium, I remember as a young man feeling the chills come over my body and the tears well up in my eyes as Script Ohio was performed. Today, living 600 miles away and many years removed from being in attendance, I experience those same emotions when I watch it on TV.

Doug on 7/13/2013 @ 4:05pm EDT Said:

I am seriously thinking about making the switch, Michigan has a lot to offer in terms of winning tradition . Don’t be surprised if September finds me listening to Frank and Jimbo on the radio and secretly rooting for Big Blue. Plus I don’t want you to lose that 5000 bet with Greg.

Mike Smith on 7/13/2013 @ 6:58pm EDT Said:

I read the post. Athlon did not rank the traditions, nor did they call any of them the ‘best’. Your description of their article is badly distorted.

    Brent Yarina, on 7/13/2013 @ 7:57pm EDT Said:

    Mike – Thanks for the note. The headline of the Athlon story is “College Football: The Big Ten’s Best Traditions.” There are 10 traditions listed, and they aren’t in alphabetical order and there is no note saying that they are listed in no particular order, so one is left to assume that it’s a ranking from 1-10.

ron box on 7/13/2013 @ 7:24pm EDT Said:

How does a night game with white pom poms that first occurred in 2005 justify as a tradition?Let alone a top tradition. There are a 100 other actions across the conference that would qualify.before the white out.

Jon Weller on 7/13/2013 @ 8:57pm EDT Said:

One of the greatest moments is Michigan forgetting to take down the banner that the alumni hold in the center of the field and the Ohio State players tearing it down.

    Rod Munch on 7/14/2013 @ 12:21am EDT Said:

    you stay classy, columbus!

jeff reece on 7/14/2013 @ 12:34am EDT Said:

First while dotting the i is very cool,It is hardly our only tradition. Senior tackle, Gold Pants, The Victory Bell, Singing the Alma mater with the band (although it is more recent than the others). Then there is the Ramp entrance and Scull session, but we don’t want to tick Rod off with any more band related traditions!