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Eric Vander Voort | NCAA.com | December 26, 2015

The best halftime shows of 2015

  Ohio State's band had plenty of impressive performances this season.

Halftime shows are a tradition nearly as old as halftime itself. Bands are a vital part of the college football experience, and in their big showcase at the middle of the game, they keep coming up with creative ways to entertain the crowds.

These are some of the best halftime shows of the 2015 season.

Ohio State -- "Buckeye Big Top"

The Ohio State band didn't become known as "The Best Damn Band in the Land" on accident. Combining a great sound with inventive and impressive drill moves, this group is good for a few viral shows per year. This one is based on going to the circus.

Southern California -- Star Wars medley

With the anticipation for the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, galactic-themed performances were in vogue this year. USC gets the nod here with the involvement of Luke Skywalker himself, actor Mark Hamill, who introduced the Trojan band with a mention of USC alum and Star Wars creator George Lucas.

Clemson and South Carolina combined -- SC Strong

Clemson-South Carolina is obviously a huge rivalry, but in the wake of the destructive flooding the state of South Carolina endured in October, the bands came together for this awesome show of unity.

Southern --  The"Human Jukebox" visits Georgia

What would a halftime show list be without the Human Jukebox? Southern's famed band wowed the crowd of 90,000-plus at Georgia with "Uptown Funk," the "Whip" and "Nae Nae," and more.

Michigan with the New York Philharmonic

This one won't blow you away with the moves like the Southern band, but the music is among the best you'll hear on any football field. Members of the New York Philharmonic's brass section joined the Michigan band for music from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and other classical pieces.

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