Whether is Tennessee running through the “Power T” or Georgia fans getting riled up to the Redcoat band’s solo trumpeter, every SEC teams incorporates some sort of pregame tradition.
Which is the conference’s best?
Auburn’s War Eagle takes the cake, according to ESPN’s Edward Aschoff.
“From Bear Bryant’s speech before every home game at Alabama to South Carolina’s dizzying playing of the theme song to “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the SEC is full of fun before kickoff. Although a walk through The Grove or running through the Power T are great to watch, I’m going with Auburn’s War Eagle. It’s tough to pull off consistent tricks with live mascots, but Auburn’s golden eagles have a long and illustrious history of soaring around a raucous Jordan-Hare Stadium and landing at midfield before every Auburn home game, which always sends Tigers fans into a frenzy. The current eagle, Nova, is the eighth bird to inspire Auburn’s rabid home crowd”
The tradition began in 2000, when Ware Eagle VI took flight around Jordan Hare Stadium against Northern Illinois on Sept. 23. Today, War Eagle VII, also known as Nova, carries on the tradition.