Two Australians attended their first ever SEC football game and tailgating experience this weekend, documenting the entire day. The duo was in Alabama on Saturday to take in the Crimson Tide’s matchup against Middle Tennessee State.
Footage of the girls’ trip has since been posted to social media, and it’s fantastic. The Aussies were both awestruck and befuddled by the spectacle that is college football in the South.
In the video clip, the Australians take in the Tuscaloosa tailgating scenes, navigate their way through Greek life, and attempt to make sense of Bammers’ fascination with cowboy boots.
“This is the most American thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”
@nikki.stanic First American football game!!! #rolltide #football #america ♬ original sound – nikkis1247
The girls seemed most perplexed about fraternity and sorority life, pointing out students dressed in full suits in 95-degree weather. They also seemed to be blown away by the vast sizes of the frat and sorority houses on campus as they zoomed in on a number of buildings throughout the clip.
Soon, the real show would start, though, as the Crimson Tide took the field. The pregame scenes remind us all of why we love college football. The video fittingly closes with fans belting “Dixieland Delight” as a light show takes over Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Followers online immediately posted their replies in the comments section.
“We need a review (postgame),” one person wrote.
“I love these reaction videos to things that we don’t realize are aggressively American,” said another.
“This made me realize how much we take football Saturdays for granted,” this follower commented.
It’s always funny watching these types of things from an outside perspective. College football, particularly in the SEC, rivals religion.
Alabama football continues to hold an international appeal, not just in the SEC.
As college football continues to push for an international following, the University of Alabama is already widely recognized. Look no further than Nick Saban’s recent Eurotrip as evidence.
My father in law spotted Nick Saban in Italy today and like…….that’s maybe the most random place in the world to see Nick Saban pic.twitter.com/v7kx1knKTi
— 🦆Chase🦆 (@chaseg30) May 17, 2023
The head coach couldn’t turn a corner without either a “Roll Tide” or a quip from a rival SEC football fan.
That overseas recognition is obviously paying off in the program’s recruiting efforts. The Tide already boast a number of players from the international ranks, and they’ll soon bring in the top player in Germany, too.
Nick Saban said he & wife Terry went to Italy this summer for 50th anniversary gift. “We got ‘Roll Tided’ every where we went. We went to the Ferrari plant (in Maranello). Those cats don’t even speak English & we got Roll Tide.”
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 19, 2023
College football continues to grow globally, and we can only hope it leads to more gameday reactions like the one seen in Tuscaloosa this weekend.