Rally Your School to Student Section Immortality!
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 Year Semi-Finalists
- ClemsonLSUPenn StateUtah
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.
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!
There are few college football stadiums quite like Happy Valley at night in a whiteout. The student section and surrounding crowd have been known to help draw penalties on the field and shake the press box with their thundering enthusiasm and deafening yells. Saturday was no exception when Penn State beat Michigan in a back-and-forth battle. The student section made its presence known down to the last-minute, even when the Wolverines were faced with a goal line fourth down play to tie the game in the heart of the student section. The students were as loud and energetic during the last play as they had been at the start of the game and because of their effort and impact, they can now chant, We Are... the first two-time winner this season of the Live Más Student Section of the week.
Whenever an unranked team can take down a top-5 school, you know that the student section was at their best. This past weekend the Kansas State Wildcats fed off the relentless energy and support of their student section as they upset a big conference rival. The students were rocking during the "Wabash Cannonball," a Kansas State student section tradition, and capped off the huge upset win by rushing the field. Even the Wildcats QB had to tip his hat to the students calling them "one-of-a-kind." Their impact and endurance is why Kansas State is taking home the Live Más Student Section of the Week award!
There was a huge spotlight on Memphis this past weekend and the Tigers' student section didn't disappoint. After watching the sunrise from Beale Street during GameDay, the students kept the energy all day long and came out in force for the night game against rival SMU. The student section set the tone for the 59,000 in attendance (the most-attended game in AAC history) by bringing relentless energy throughout a tremendously competitive game. As the clock wound down, the Memphis team fed off the support coming from the student section to withstand one final SMU charge and secure the victory. An impressive demonstration of endurance and impact... qualities that make Memphis this week's Live Más Student Section of the Week.
Big games call for big plays and a raucous crowd. The Minnesota faithful saw both in spades as their team upset the #4 Nittany Lions on Saturday. The Student Section was wild and rambunctious throughout and when the game ended, led the celebration as they stormed the field. Stadium staff described the scene as "the biggest party I've ever been to." The Gophers even trolled Penn State with the loudspeaker playing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" once the final whistle blew. Endurance, impact and creativity were on display, making it certain that Minnesota took home the Live Más Student Section of the Week.
The Mighty Utah Student Section (the MUSS) is an integral part of Utah's home field advantage. Creativity? They have the 3rd Down Jump and Hanging 5 that are signature traditions unique to the MUSS. But they don't stop there. They even organize a MUSS Bus for away games that take the Student Section on the road. The MUSS is a big reason why Utah's home field advantage has resulted in a 28-point average margin-of-victory this season, putting them in the hunt for a spot in the College Football Playoff. This past weekend, the MUSS were loud and proud as their #7-ranked football team handily beat the visiting UCLA Bruins. Creative energy and impact... reasons why the University of Utah is the Live Más Student Section of the Week.
Since it was founded way back in 1938, the Block O has always made Ohio State an impossible place for visiting teams to play. This past Saturday during a huge conference game, the Ohio State student section showed why it will always be a force to be reckoned with. The Block O led the charge from start to finish, including rallying their defense to force offsides penalties deep into the game and storming the field once victory had been secured. The student section performance also vaulted Ohio State into the top-five of the Live Más Student Section of the Year rankings. Tradition, creative energy, impact... qualities that make Ohio State the Live Más Student Section of the Week.
In one of the most anticipated Iron Bowls since the "kick-six," the Auburn student section rose to the challenge and willed their Tigers to a huge rivalry win. The hedge-jumping, swag-surfing student section was incredibly disruptive to the visiting Crimson Tide as it caused at least five false start penalties and played a role in the missed field goal that sealed the game. While this battle will continue for years to come, today Tiger students can claim bragging rights both on the field as well as in the stands. Tradition, impact, creative energy... qualities that earned Auburn the 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.
College stadiums come alive each gameday and Student Sections are its heart and soul. A Live Más Student Section showcases Creative Energy, Endurance, Impact, and Tradition.
This is Clemson's story.
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."