Music, like sports, sparks debate, creates discussion and can even lead to heated disagreements.
But both are unquestionably a huge part of American culture. So Athlon Sports has decided to combine two of our favorite things — rock and roll with college football.
What if our favorite football programs were rock and roll bands? Every Power 5 team will be represented, so if you don’t see your favorite band or school here, keep your eyes peeled.
Here are the 14 SEC schools as rock bands:
One of the most powerful bands of its time, which has been extremely successful and popular for a long period of time. They are big, loud, extremely talented but also obnoxious and whiny at times. Hall of Famers but really, really like to get their way.
Arkansas: Allman Brothers Band
True southern, classic, kickass rock and roll with some historically elite songs. However, they were at their best a long time ago and both had a meteoric rise to power halted by a tragic motorcycle accident.
Auburn: Johnny Cash
When it’s good, it is revolutionary, earth-shattering, industry-changing brilliance — even if a little dark at times. When it’s bad, it’s arrested, divorced, thrown in jail or rehab and generally upset at the more powerful and successful industry power (Alabama/Columbia Records).
At its best, these two have produced some of their respective industries' greatest hits and changed the way fans viewed the game. But when it goes bad, the train wreck is something you just can’t take your eyes off of — and, generally, they both just look ridiculous on a regular basis.
Georgia: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Even the name Heartbreakers fits (SEE: SEC Championship Games). This is a really solid, consistently good quality product over a long period of time that got a ton of talent from Florida.
Kentucky: Will Smith
He’s not exactly rock and roll but he fits here. Smith, like Kentucky, is more well-known for something other than music (football). And his music was really fun and well-liked — but only like two songs/years.
LSU: Black Sabbath
A very successful program with an extremely rabid fanbase that goes over the top to celebrate their favorite people, including a leader who is a little strange. Which football program is most likely to bite the head off a bat, do a line of ants and be involved in the dark arts?
Mississippi State: Blue Oyster Cult
A one-hit wonder that is loaded with cowbell. To be fair, that one-hit wonder (Dak Prescott) is as beloved, popular and influential as any song of its time. And it spawned this.
Missouri: Elvis Costello
Who makes dorky cool better than Mizzou? A very talented and technically sound group that seems to consistently be underrated and never fully appreciated. And neither really fits personality-wise into the genre (punk or the SEC) that they seem to be placed.
Ole Miss: KISS
How they look and dress is extremely impressive and important. The loud and awesome party pretty much overshadows everything else — like the play on the field. Very important in history for a variety of reasons but never really one of the best musical talents of their time.
South Carolina: Hootie and the Blowfish
Both have been really, really big but only for a very short period of time and never considered the best in the business even at their height. The most famous and influential member is also better known for his work elsewhere.
Tennessee: Pearl Jam
They were at their best in the 1990s when they were grungy and a little rough around the edges. The entire program will always be slightly overshadowed by one elite superstar. However, the band has been largely boring and absent since the turn of the century despite the large fanbase and respected history.
Texas A&M: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Southern rock in its truest form with the most rabid followers who don’t take no for an answer. However, they are extremely self-destructive and never considered the best at what they do. Both were at their best when playing something related to Alabama despite being from a different conference originally.
Vanderbilt: Rage Against the Machine
Incredibly intelligent and well educated but only good for 2-3 albums because egos were too big and creative differences caused everyone to leave - whether it was for Penn State or Audioslave.