08 Aug Our ACC Foes
Get to know our new rivals, and just how crazy their own fans are.
Chestnut Hill, MA
Colors: Maroon & Gold
Notable: If you’ve ever attended a Boston Red Sox game, you know Boston loves Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.” That tradition carries over to BC football games where fans at Alumni Stadium belt it out as one.
Nickname: Yellow Jackets
Colors: Old Gold & White
Get to know the Ramblin’ Wreck. This 1930 Model A Ford Sport Coup has led the team onto Grant Field for every home game since 1961. Prior to the game, the car meets the team and cheerleaders in Yellow Jacket Alley to lead them on the field.
South Bend, IN
Nickname: Fighting Irish
Colors: Gold & Blue
The football team attends a pregame mass before each game. From there, players and coaches walk together to the stadium. Fans gather to form a tunnel from the church to the stadium surrounding the team.
Colors: Chicago Maroon & Burnt Orange
We hope you’re into Metallica. To get the crowd fired up before each game at Lane Stadium, “Enter Sandman” is played over the PA system. Bonus: The concession of choice at football games? Smoked turkey legs.
Colors: Clemson Orange & Regalia
The football team takes part in what some call “the most exciting 25 seconds in college football.” The football team dresses at Fike Field House and runs through the gate and down the grassy hill onto the field at the start of each game.
Coral Gables, FL
Colors: Orange, Green & White
At the start of the fourth quarter in football, fans and players hold up four fingers. Some believe that it’s because the game is always won in fourth quarters. Others use it as a symbol that the “U” always owns the last quarter.
Colors: Blue & Gold
Pitt is a zoo, literally. The student section is nicknamed the Oakland Zoo and some students come dressed in animal costumes for the game.
Nickname: Demon Deacons
Colors: Old Gold & Black
Game day planning includes a trip to the store for toilet paper. In the case of big wins, Wake Forest students gather on Hearn Plaza to throw rolls of toilet paper over the trees and lawn.
Nickname: Blue Devils
Colors: Duke Blue & White
Cameron Crazies—the rowdy students who fill the seats along the baselines at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium—camp out in a tent city outside of the stadium just to get a seat for the game. The tent city is known as Krzyzewskiville, after long-time coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Chapel Hill, NC
Nickname: Tar Heels
Colors: Carolina Blue & White
Students love to be seated in the “Tar Pit” for home football games. The tunnel that the team emerges from onto the field cuts right through the pit. Student fans get to help get the team hyped.
College students love pizza. And in Syracuse, Varisty Pizza has made itself part of Syracuse’s football tradition. The famous campus pizzeria has pennants on the wall for each team Syracuse plays that season. When Syracuse wins, the pennant of the losing team is turned upside down for the rest of the year.
Colors: Garnet & Gold
At the beginning of each home football game, a student portraying Native American Seminole leader Osceola rides down the field on an Appaloosa horse named Renegade. The student plants a flaming spear at midfield to start the game.
Colors: Red & White
Students make the “Sign of the Wolf” to showcase their school spirit (a lot of like our “L”). Touch your middle finger and your ring finger to your thumb to make the nose. Point your pinky and forefinger in the air to make the ears.
Nickname: Cavaliers, Wahoos, ‘Hoos
Colors: Orange & Blue
At Virginia, expect to hear the phrase “Girls in pearls and guys in ties.” Yep. Unofficially, gameday attire is business casual.