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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Better tradition: Colorado or Michigan?

By Adam Rittenberg

SportsNation and EA Sports want to hear from you. The subject: best NCAA football traditions.

Colorado fans and Michigan fans know exactly what I'm talking about.

Two of the most exciting entrances in college football take place on fall Saturdays at Folsom Field and at Michigan Stadium. Everyone in Bolder knows when Ralphie's coming as Colorado's massive mascot leads the team onto the field at the start of each half. The tradition began in 1934 after Colorado selected Buffaloes as its team nickname, although there was no official mascot until 1957. The first Ralphie began appearing at Colorado games in 1966.

When Michigan takes the field at the Big House, all players and coaches make sure to jump and touch the "Go Blue" banner displayed at midfield. The tradition started in 1962 and remains one of the best spectacles in college sports.

Ralphie vs. The Blue Banner. It's time to cast your  vote on which tradition you think is best. Be sure to catch SportsNation this afternoon on ESPN2 to see the results. The winning tradition advances through the bracket and the school with the nation's top tradition will receive hundreds of copies of EA's "NCAA Football 12."