College football is perhaps the most celebrated collegiate sport, with the most dedicated fans and memorable moments. The players who have made their indelible marks on the sport are forever legends. But what makes the college football atmosphere truly special are the die-hard student sections.
These are the fans who make it so hard for opponents to focus – fans that seem to will their home teams to victory.
Here are the greatest college football student sections in the nation.
15. West Virginia University
There is not an environment in college football that is as hostile as the one in Morgantown, West Virginia. The fans certainly love their team and will do anything for their Mountaineers. This group makes it one of the more intimidating places to watch a game and is not the place to bring a family for those who are rooting for the opposing team.
14. Florida State
There is so much tradition at a Florida State football game that this is truly one of the best places to watch a college football game. The student section is one of the loudest in the country and there is a lot to intimidate fans, including Chief Osceola riding out on his horse and throwing a flaming spear right into the middle of the field. Of course, we all know that famous tomahawk war chant that is one of the most intimidating in all of sports.
Neyland Stadium is very large and with a student section as big as that at Tennessee, it is easy to see why it is one of the top 20 in the country. The student section is always orange clad and loves that old "Rocky Top" chant. While there are some SEC crowds that are a bit rowdier, this group knows how to have a good time at a college football game.
Michigan Stadium is the largest in college football and consistently has nearly 110,000 fans at every game. A good portion of those fans is the student section and along with the band, this group is loud and proud for their Wolverines. The band gets everyone pumped up before the game playing "Hail to the Victors" and marching toward the student section who start cheering and seemingly never stop the entire game.
There might not be a student section that is friendlier than that of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The atmosphere here is one of the best in the country and the chant "Husker Power" is one that can be heard throughout the game. Wait until the Cornhuskers score their first touchdown and prepare for the release of balloons up into the air. It is certainly quite a sight to see.
With over 100,000 screaming fans, and a very large student section, there is no question that this is one of the best in the nation. There is no group in the country that is more loyal than those fans of the Crimson Tide and the intensity level is up there with the best. The students are very loud throughout the game and the noise is nothing short of deafening toward the end zones, particularly when there is a big play coming up.
9. South Carolina
Located behind the end zone, this student section is one of the most intimidating in the SEC. Williams-Brice Stadium is one of the loudest in the country. The student section can get really noisy, helping the stadium to sway and vibrate. "If it ain't swayin, we ain't playin'." That is a saying that former head coach Joe Morrison once said. That couldn't be further from the truth and it is in large part due to a crazy student section.
8. Ohio State
Ohio Stadium is quite an atmosphere and while the student section is not as good as some of the top-tier schools, it is still one of the best in the country. "Block O" as the group is called is located in the end zone and is constantly heard throughout the game. From the "O-H-I-O" chant and Script Ohio played by the band, this student section is not only one of the best in the B1G, but is one of the most entertaining in the country as well.
7. Virginia Tech
There are not many better entrances than that of the Virginia Tech Hokies and when "Enter Sandman" is played, the student section is rocking up and down. The stadium and the student section stay loud from the entrance song all the way to the end of the game. On big third down plays when the Hokies are on the defensive side of the ball, key chains are out and being shook by many in the student section.
The Swamp is an intimidating venue that is one of the best home field advantages in all of college football. It all begins with the student section. This group arrives early and supports their team as well as anybody. They are never afraid to come decked out with complete body paint. That "Gator Chomp" never gets too old.
Autzen Stadium is one of the smaller venues near the top of the list, but there is so much energy, particularly from the student section that it cracks the top five of the list. Consistently known as the toughest atmosphere in the Pac-12, this stadium is one of the loudest in all of college football. With the success the Ducks have had in recent years, there are few student sections who are consistently louder than this one.
There are few traditions when it comes to student sections that are as loud and interesting as "Jump Around." This is played between the third and fourth quarters of every home game. The student section is extremely large and loud for all four quarters, but when "Jump Around" is playing, there is no louder student section in America.
This is one of the best game day atmospheres in all of college football and the student section helps to set it apart from a lot of the other schools. There are plenty of chants that can be heard consistently throughout the game. One that is very popular is "Tiger Bait." Not many fans live and die with their team like this group does and a game here is like one big party, particularly on a Saturday night.
2. Texas A&M
As the Home of the 12th Man, Kyle Field has quite an amazing student section. The support from this group is greater than perhaps anywhere else in the country. Throw in the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band and the experience is as unique as anywhere. These fans are so intense that they meet at the stadium at midnight the night before a big game and hold a "Midnight Yell." Nobody else in the country can stake claim to anything like that. The student section here is never afraid to move around to mess with the opposition. See the video as they move to the end zone where the opposing team is headed to try to distract them a little bit.
1. Penn State University
This student section is the best in the country and for a night game that is also a whiteout, there is nobody even close to what this student section has to offer. Beaver Stadium is one of the largest and loudest in the entire country. The student section is a little more brash than a lot of the others, but they stand the whole game in support of their team and are never afraid to say what is on their mind.