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Which student section in college football will be crowned the Taco Bell Live Más Student Section of the Year? The Live Más Student Section Selection Committee, a group of college football experts from around the country, will watch, rank and reward student sections each week before an overall Live Más Student Section of the Year winner is crowned at the end of the season. Be part of the conversation and show us what makes your student section the best using #LiveMasStudentSectionContest!
Student Section of the Week
Throughout the regular season, our Committee will choose one student section that stood out and crown them the Student Section of the Week.
If crimson-and-white shakers being slung around for hours and the endless chants of "Roll Tide" weren't enough, you've got the student section drowning you out with "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Rammer Jammer" before you're even allowed to hit the exits. Nearly 20,000 Alabama students flood the stadium each game.Arkansas
Generally regarded as one of the loudest stadiums in college football, Tiger fans show up on Saturdays. From the moment Donahue Drive fills up for Tiger Walk until kickoff two hours later, expect a powder keg of excitement. The student section, which is in the Southeast end zone and contains the marching band, got amped up even more last season when it added a DJ to the mix. Pack your earplugs, the shakers will be waving and chants of "War Eagle" will be thunderous.BYU
Recently, BYU took their student section to the next level by creating the "ROC" ("Roar of Cougars") and amping up the enthusiasm around game days in Provo. Students start the game arm-in-arm getting hyped before the national anthem. They keep up the noise and energy throughout the game as they clap to mascot Cosmo's progressively quickening drum beat in the fourth quarter. After home wins, the Victory Bell rings loudly for all across campus to hear.Georgia
With so many passionate students, the University of Georgia actually has three separate student sections within 92,000-seat Sanford Stadium. Tradition abounds, from the solo trumpeter calling the student section to attention to start the game to the front-row Paint Line continuing a 20-year tradition. Try not to fall into a trance as the student section "Lights Up Sanford" with cell phone flashlights before the 4th quarter begins, a tradition begun at The University of Georgia.Iowa
The Hawkeyes are an unassuming entry in the top student sections, but ask any college football player who has played at Kinnick stadium and they will tell you it is difficult. The students are near the marching band, which combines for a loud environment, making it difficult for opposing fan. Add all of that in with the newest tradition, the Iowa wave, where fans turn and wave at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, and you have all the makings of an outstanding student section.Louisville
The Louisville student section is arguably the most fearsome in the ACC — loud, consistent and tough as nails on opposing teams. You know to ONLY throw your "L" up using your right hand.Memphis
The energy inside the famed Liberty Bowl begins in the Memphis student section. The Blue Crew is made up of the most passionate student fans and includes a Spirit Team to act as the face of the Blue Crew on and off campus and a Game-Day Experience Team responsible for setting up the student tailgate and coordinating giveaways and theme games. Tailgating on Tiger Lane with thousands of blue-clad Memphis students is a must.Mississippi State
Clanga! Your ears will be ringing long after the game is over given the way Bulldog fans have taken to ringing their cowbells inside Davis-Wade Stadium. While the SEC has attempted to mitigate the noise generating devices, they have endured as the signature for the maroon and white.Oklahoma
With a program as rich in history and tradition as The University of Oklahoma, it should come as no surprise that game days in Norman are one-of-a-kind. The student section is loud, proud, passionate and love their football. When you hear the OU chant before kickoff, raise a single finger in the air and join the students in saying "there's only one Oklahoma."Oklahoma State
Noise is usually a good thing when dictating a home-field advantage and Oklahoma State's student section does this part well with its "Paddle People." A group of fans line front-row seats across the student section — which is virtually on top of the opponents' sideline — and slam on the stadium walls with wooden paddles, creating an impossible-to-ignore sound. In order to secure tickets for this, students set up tents and camp out days in advance.Penn State
"Whiteouts" at Penn State really are something special, but before that, you're wading through tent-packed Nittanyville, before your ears rupture from thunderous chants of "We Are", as your eyes settle in on the giant, student-made "S" that makes its way into the end zone every week.SMU
The SMU football festivities don't start when students enter the stadium. Before the game, they "boulevard" — a Texas-sized tailgate along Bishop Boulevard through the center of campus. Once the game starts, there's ample energy that cheers each touchdown, then roars as SMU's Shetland pony mascot makes its way across the field. From the band playing the alma mater — with enough outfit changes to make Beyoncé jealous — to the student section draped in red and blue, SMU's students make sure home games are a party from start to finish.South Carolina
A lot of schools have a song... the Gamecocks happen to have two. If you haven't experienced the raw emotion emanating from the student section when "2001" and "Sandstorm" play inside Williams-Brice Stadium, you're missing out.Stanford
Donned in cardinal red or body paint, Stanford students pack their student section, dubbed The Red Zone, and bring an energy and craziness that has become a Stanford signature. The Axe Committee (a student organization charged with protecting Stanford's most prized possession, "The Stanford Axe") is on the field every home game blowing the Stanford train whistle, shooting an air cannon and waving flags to lead the student section. After each score, the unofficial fight song "All Right Now" plays and every student times their jump for the climax of the song.Utah
The Mighty Utah Student Section, or simply The MUSS, was instantly one of the best student sections in the conference when they joined in 2011. They are well known for the "3rd Down Jump" as 6,000+ students all dressed in red try to cause opponent false starts throughout the game. Whenever the opposing team receives a false start penalty The MUSS will hang a "five" in front of the student section indicating the five-yard penalty. You don't want to MUSS with Utah.Washington
From cheers to hat chants to throwing up the "W", the Dawg Pack is hard to miss. University of Washington students pack Husky Stadium with noise and have been known to make the press box sway, TV cameras shake and opposing teams lose their composure. It is said that Washington students originated The Wave, which started in 1981 during the 3rd quarter of an eventual victory over John Elway-led Stanford.
The University of Oklahoma Student Section came out strong in Week 1 to welcome their new QB to the Crimson & Cream. OU students arrived early and packed the student section well before kickoff. From the opening kick, their voices were heard throughout the entire game as they opened the season with a dominating performance both on the field and in the stands. Impact and Tradition makes them the Live Más Student Section of the Week!
In the biggest home game of the year, the Clemson student section was the epicenter of the Tigers' home field advantage. Their most devoted students began painting their bodies head-to-toe five hours before kick-off and despite temperatures over 100 degrees, the students never sat down or stopped jumping for four straight hours. With the opponent telling the media to expect an upset, they obviously were not prepared to deal with the noise produced by the rabid orange-clad student section. Creative energy, endurance, impact... reasons why Clemson is this week's Live Más Student Section of the Week!
Georgia's students never fail to support their beloved Bulldogs on game day. What set apart UGA's Week 3 performance, was the way the student section supported the opponent too. Painted in pink as part of a stadium-wide "Pink Out," Georgia students offered a tribute to Wendy Anderson, the wife of Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson, after she lost her battle with cancer. Despite the blazing heat and a lopsided score, the Dawgs remained throughout the game, the words "Georgia Dawgs" with a pink ribbon written in block letters across their chests, and "Remember Wendy" emblazoned on their backs. This was bigger than football, and for that the University of Georgia deservedly is named this week's Live Más Student Section of the Week!
Wisconsin's "Jump Around" is a tradition that defines its Student Section and makes a definitive home field advantage. When the student section jumps in unison at the end of the third quarter, and gets the whole crowd to join in, it causes the whole stadium to shake. If the home team is up big, just like this past weekend, the Wisconsin student section elevates "Jump Around" to a whole new level. Michigan already had its hands full with the Wisconsin football team, but factor in a rabid Camp Randall student section and the final score speaks for itself. Tradition and impact... reasons why Wisconsin is our Live Más Student Section of the Week!
For the first time — a road team is taking home the honor of Live Más Student Section of the Week! The Penn State student section is formidable at home, but when you're able to mobilize and send enough students to create your own student section on the road, you're raising the bar for all others. The Penn State student section made a noticeable impact at Maryland, bringing hundreds of students, creating a home field advantage on the road and helping propel the Nittany Lions to a victory over the Terps. Nittanyville and the Penn State faithful have not gone unnoticed this season and their endurance, impact and creative energy are what makes them this week's Live Más Student Section of the Week!
In a huge conference showdown, the Florida student section was at the top of its game and set the tone for the rest of "The Swamp". The volume from the students was unrelentingly loud and led to a number of Auburn mistakes and penalties. The student section's traditional sing-along to "I Won't Back Down" kicked off a crucial 4th quarter where the Gators scored early and put the game away. Tradition and impact... qualities that make the University of Florida the Live Más Student Section of the Week.
It has been said that LSU's "Death Valley" is the place where opponent's dreams go to die. Fueled by the student section this past Saturday, it lived up to its name. The student section was consistently deafening throughout the tight game between undefeated LSU and Florida and played a huge factor when it came to crunch time. The LSU student section "geauxs" as hard as any, but this week was truly a master class in energy, endurance and impact... qualities that make for an impressive Live Más Student Section of the Week!
Meet the Committee
In the world of college football, there is no more qualified voice to act as Chairman of this prestigious Committee than William Laurece "Rece" Davis. As a voice on ESPN since 1995 and the lead of ESPN College GameDay Built by The Home Depot since 2015, Rece has pretty much been everywhere and seen everything. While his knowledge of college sports and unbiased perspective have earned him the trust of college football fans across the land, his heart lies in Tuscaloosa with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
He's been to Rome with Jim Harbaugh. He's put his feet up in Nick Saban's office. He's thrown post patterns on the South Lawn of the White House with the Clemson Tigers. As one of ESPN's most popular and recognized reporters, Marty Smith brings a passion for college football, an enthusiasm for its fans and more energy than this Committee can probably handle. Since visiting Lane Stadium as a five-year-old with his dad, Marty has bled the orange and maroon of the Virginia Tech Hokies. Gobble Gobble.
Since joining ESPN in 2016, Molly is a rising star in the world of college football acting as the sideline reporter for ESPN's Friday night games and as the host of numerous college football studio shows. Her experiences as a cheerleader at Boston College, where she received the Athletic Director's Award for Academic Excellence, bring a unique and indispensable perspective to the Committee. From The Heights to the sidelines, Molly McGrath has seen the future of America getting rowdy on game day.
Tom's done everything you can do on a football field - Juco National Champion, ACC Rookie of the Year, QB Coach, Offensive Coordinator, Head Coach, NFL Personnel Evaluator. Now, as ESPN's National Recruiting Director and on-air analyst, he will use his extensive background in football and talent evaluation to scout student sections across the nation.
A former DI football player himself as a linebacker at the University of North Carolina, Chase Rice also went on to win a NASCAR championship with Hendricks Motorsports while working on the pit crew for Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson. He has since become one of country music’s most exciting entertainers, building a loyal fan base through his energetic live shows and edgy, eclectic sound. Rice's latest single, "Lonely If You Are," follows recent two-week chart-topper “Eyes On You” – his first No. 1 as an artist and the most-streamed song of his career with more than 200 million on-demand streams and counting. Rice is also known for his Top 5 Platinum-certified hits “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight” as well as his breakthrough success as a songwriter on the Diamond-certified Florida Georgia Line smash hit “Cruise.” Fans can catch him across the country on his headlining AM/PM Tour throughout the rest of the year. For more information, visit www.chaserice.com and follow on Twitterand Facebook@ChaseRiceMusic or on Instagram@ChaseRice.
Alex Scarborough has been covering college athletics for ESPN since 2012. Before that, he worked for the Tuscaloosa News, Savannah Morning News and Rome News-Tribune. A native of Southern California, he now lives in Birmingham where he reports heavily on the SEC.
Sam Khan Jr.
Sam Khan Jr.
Sam Khan Jr. is a college sports reporter for ESPN.com. This is his seventh season covering college football for the company. A Houston native, Khan graduated from the University of Houston and spent seven years covering sports at the Houston Chronicle prior to joining ESPN.
When it comes to football and food, Tom VanHaaren has always lived más. He joined ESPN.com in 2011, where he learned a go route didn't mean getting in the drivethru line at Taco Bell. He covers college football and recruiting, and he loves a good tailgate. His penchant for food and his knowledge of the college football atmosphere make him a natural fit for the student section selection committee.
As a college football reporter, Edward understands how crucial student sections are. But he's on this committee to see if anyone can rival the 2006 student section at Florida. As a proud member of the UF drumline and Gator Band back then, he likes to think they helped block a game-winning field goal against South Carolina because of how loud they helped make the Swamp. They made history. Can you?
David has covered college football for more than 12 years, spending the past seven seasons at ESPN with a focus on the ACC. He's attended games at more than 30 stadiums and is an aficionado of eccentric student-sections everywhere.
Kyle Bonagura is a Los Angeles-based college sports reporter for ESPN.com. He grew up in the Bay Area and attended Washington State University. When it's not football or basketball season, he's trying to visit as many new countries as possible.
Before The Mighty Utah Student Section was created, only 500 students attended Utah football games. After its 2002 creation, the MUSS now counts 6,000 rabid student fans per game including 1,000 standing-room-only tickets. Among their many gameday traditions, The MUSS was responsible for introducing the 3rd Down Jump, Hanging 5 and the MUSS Bus, which has traveled as far as 35 hours one-way for away games. The MUSS exemplifies how an organized student section can make a huge impact on a team, student body and university.
The Student Section at Texas A&M is second-to-none. With more than 30,000 students filling all three decks on the east side of Kyle Field, yelling in unison and standing from kickoff to conclusion, few atmospheres are as loud and boisterous as the one in College Station. And it's every week... no matter the opponent... or if the game goes into 7 OTs.
Introduced in the late 1990's, Wisconsin's "Jump Around" tradition brings fear into the hearts of every opponent that comes through Camp Randall. At the end of every 3rd quarter, the Badger faithful erupt with the introductory horn riff of the House of Pain hit song. Opponents have outright said they need to have a healthy lead once "Jump Around" hits the speakers, or else they could be in for a difficult 4th quarter.
You know you're in for a tough game when you walk out of a tunnel and are welcomed by the sight of 20,000 crazy Penn State students clad all in white. First introduced in 2005, the Penn State White Out helped push Penn State to an upset of sixth-ranked rival Ohio State. Ohio State players can still remember how their ears were ringing whenever they were anywhere near the Penn State student section. Nittanyville is known for many things, but it's been said that the White Out is "the best atmosphere in college football, year in and year out."