It’s only the first week of college football and there have been scores of unforgettable moments. And they’re not all happening on the field. A lot of the big moments from this week came from the stands. Some were funny, others less so, but they help make for one of the most interesting opening weeks to college football in recent memory. In Michigan, fans belted out “Mr. Brightside” in The Big House for the first time in more than a year.
More than 100,000 fans packed Michigan Stadium to watch the Wolverines thumb Western Michigan 47-14 on Saturday in Ann Arbor. And they wanted to make sure The Broncos understood what home-field advantage means. So fans broke out the big guns: a mid-2000s lament on infidelity and jealousy.
It’s hard to explain how or why “Mr. Brightside” became the quintessential Michigan football song. But that’s the beauty of college sports. They’re soaked in traditions that graduating seniors hand off to incoming freshmen. But where these traditions came from is irrelevant. It’s about taking part in a communal experience, and scream-singing one of your favorite songs is part of the deal.
This rendition of The Killers’ biggest hit was especially exciting. That’s because The Big House was mostly empty last season as the pandemic forced Michigan to limit seating. Saturday was the first time in more than a year that many students filled the stands and sang the song. And you can hear how much they relished that moment.
The pageantry of college football is alive and well.
Virginia Tech Students Register on Seismographs
Michigan students weren’t the only ones that were amped to see college football return. In Blacksburg, Va., Virginia Tech students’ celebration Friday against UNC ended up setting off seismographs.
The Hokies always enter Lane Stadium to the familiar sounds of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” But they don’t come out right away. The team waits in the tunnel as the song builds. And they won’t enter until the song turns heavy. Forcing the opposing team to wait as their world literally shakes from the anticipation.
All the while, fans in the stands are losing their minds. In fact, fans got so heated that you can see the exact moment “Enter Sandman” started playing on seismographs. The Hokies lived up to that entrance by winning the game 17-10.
In Wisconsin, Badgers fans competed against Virginia Tech students for the most earth-shaking entrance. Students there jumped at the chance to, well, jump. The Badgers open each home game to House of Pain’s “Jump Around.” It was the first time in more than 650 days since the last time the 1990s jock jam blared out across Camp Randall Stadium, and fans savored every second of it.