#HailState or “Hotty Toddy” . In Mississippi football tradition runs deep. Let’s look at both schools and don’t forget to vote for your favorite in our Southern College Football Traditions Bracket here.
1. Mississippi State
The cowbell is the longstanding visual and auditory symbol of Mississippi State pride. Legend has it a wandering Jersey cow became a good luck charm in the mid-20th century after having strolled onto the field during an ultimately victorious home football game. Over time, students began bringing cowbells for continued luck at outdoor athletic events and, in the process, began a tradition that continues in the modern era.(SOURCE)
Other Traditions: Hail State, The Little Dooey, Cowbell Yell, The Junction, Famous Maroon Band, Homecoming, Egg Bowl, Maroon Friday, “Don’t Stop Believing” into fourth quarter, “Bully”
2. Mississippi “Ole Miss”
When Billy Brewer became head football coach at Ole Miss in 1983, he was searching for a way to allow his team to experience the atmosphere and pageantry Rebel fans enjoyed in The Grove while tailgating on gameday. The Grove is a 10-acre grassy plot of ground in the center of campus which is heavily shaded by large oak trees.
Taking a different route two hours before kickoff each home game Saturday, Brewer would walk with the team from Kinard Hall, the athletic dormitory, across campus to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
In 1985, Brewer started going the same route each Saturday as the team would break The Grove on the east side of the Student Union and then proceed down a sidewalk which runs through The Grove. Ole Miss fans fight for position on both sides of the sidewalk and greet the players with loud cheers. The braver fans even reach out and touch the players as they pass before them. (SOURCE)
Walk Of Champions, Redshirting Miss Americas, Egg Bowl, Speed Limit 18, “Colonel Reb,” Chucky Mullins Number 38 Jersey, Hotty Toddy, “Go To Hell LSU” chant, Dressed to the nines, Abner’s Famous Chicken Tenders, Memphis-Ole Miss Rivalry