College football flags are being spotted at the World Cup (Photos)

Nick Bromberg
College football flags are being spotted at the World Cup (Photos)
College football flags are being spotted at the World Cup (Photos)

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Some enterprising college football fans have gotten their teams' flags into the World Cup.

Perhaps inspired by the ubiquitous Washington State flag at ESPN's College GameDay, we've seen four different schools' flags at World Cup games.

And yes, one of those four was a Washington State flag.

At the Mexico-Croatia game on Monday, someone brought an Auburn flag. After Mexico went up 3-0 on Croatia, there looked to be some symmetry between El Tri and Auburn's Kick-Six last-second play to beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl.

When Mexico took the 3-0 lead, it tied Brazil on goal differential and another goal in the final 10 minutes of the game would have given Mexico an incredibly surprising Group A win. However, Chris Davis didn't show up for Mexico as Croatia scored a late goal and Brazil added one to its tally as well to ensure a group win.

During Sunday's tie between the U.S. and Portugal, a Texas A&M fan was on the front row of the sideline waving an Aggie flag.

A Michigan flag was the first flag to be spotted at the World Cup, as someone brought it to the Group C game between Ivory Coast and Japan, but this really wouldn't be a trend without the Wazzu flag.

The Washington State flag was first posted to Twitter on June 17 and one made an appearance at the Colombia-Ivory Coast game on June 19.

A Washington State flag has showed up at every College GameDay show since 2003 despite the fact that the show, which travels weekly during college football season to different campuses around the country, has never been to Washington State's campus in Pullman, Wash. Spotting the Washington State flag every week has become a fun part of watching GameDay.

But the branching out to the World Cup isn't unprecedented. In February, a Washington State flag was in the crowd behind ESPN's Super Bowl coverage. We should have seen the World Cup appearance coming, and it's evident we need to start looking for college flags at all major sporting events from now on.

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Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!