THE DEFINITIVE RANKING OF THE BIG 10 FIGHT SONGS
Based on countless hours of NCAA football and basketball videogames, watching and attending more than one's fair share of Big Ten athletic events, and having a keen ear for fight songs. For your listening pleasure: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=T5-M3oqjqlw
- •Bottom Tier: Maryland Terrapins and Rutgers Scarlet KnightsBoth joined the conference in 2014, therefore they don't yet qualify.
- •Lower Tier: Purdue Boilermakers, Penn State Nittany Lions, Nebraska CornhuskersPenn State made the Big Ten name a lie in the 90's, Nebraska furthered that lie in 2011, now teams from the east coast are joining to make the Big 14. While far from the best fight song, I'll say Purdue fans (gross) may belt it out louder and prouder than any other B1G fan base.
- •Mid Tier: Indiana Hoosiers, Iowa Hawkeyes, Ohio State Buckeyeshttps://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rWXyn8SpS9A is my favorite pregame video, which says a lot coming from my least favorite Big Ten team. Iowa's fight song is as simple as they're fans, while The Ohio State's is overplayed completely due to their dominance in football.
- •Higher Tier: Illinois Fighting Illini, Northwestern Wildcats, Minnesota Golden GophersWhile I've heard these three anthems the most of any Big Ten squads, I don't think their placement in the second tier is totally biased. To explain my allegiance to each: Illinois is my alma mater and has been "my team" since sports were introduced to me sometime in the mid to late 90's, Northwestern is where my childhood best friend is the school's all-time leading scorer in basketball, and Minnesota shares the same fight song tune (not lyrics) as my high school.
- •Top Tier: Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State SpartansMSU's fight song reminds me of the last B1G bball team to win a National Title: the 2000 squad led by Mateen Cleaves. "The Victors" reminds me of the 2010 Illinois-Michigan game at the Big House that I attended with @kates08 while "On Wisconsin" reminds me of my favorite Big Ten town in Madison. I've driven to Mad Town each of the last three years to see the Badgers dismantle the Illini on the hardwood. Because of the food/bar scene and fun atmosphere, I plan on doing it again next month.