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Iowa, Notre Dame Among Snubs From SI's Best Tradition Ranking

Notre Dame's mascot dancing with the band.

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 16: The Leprechaun from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish excites the crowd in front of the Notre Dame Marching band against of the Michigan Wolverines September 16, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan won 47-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Sports Illustrated certainly raised some eyebrows this week with their ranking of the best traditions in college football. While they certainly made some interesting choices, there were a few omissions that just need special recognition.

Notre Dame, one of the oldest programs in the nation, is especially rich in iconic traditions.

Slapping the "Play Like a Champion Today" sign is so huge that networks show players doing it before just about every Notre Dame home game broadcast.

The Fighting Irish also boast the 1812 Overture, the raising of the famous golden helmets after every game, and (until recently), Sergeant Tim McCarthy's pun-filled safety announcements.

Another team that was majorly snubbed was Iowa. The Hawkeyes have one of the coolest entrances in college football - exiting the tunnel to the tune of AC/DC's Back in Black and running onto the field to Metallica's Enter Sandman. 

And if SI is so intent on highlighting recent traditions such as Miami's Turnover Chain, then the Iowa Wave needs to be recognized too.

Iowa also boasts what is probably the best new tradition in the sport, where players and fans show support to the patients at the children's hospital that overlooks Kinnick Stadium.

In June, ESPN named the Iowa Wave the sport's "best tradition," making its exclusion from the SI list even more confusing.

As far as music choices go, West Virginia's Take Me Home, Country Roads was the only one to make the cut. Meanwhile, Tennessee's Rocky Top and Wisconsin's Jump Around are just a few legendary songs and music cues to miss appearing on the list.

It's all subjective, of course. But we'd be doing a great disservice not to at least point out that college football has far more incredible traditions than what meets the eye.