In 2015, yours truly began covering Student Sections in Orange County, California. We expanded to Southern California in 2017 and last year, we added four more states. This past winter, we expanded to 19 states.
Now, we are going to 40 states. This is still a one-person operation for the most part.
I know that Student Sections have a lot of work to do to get the students to the games to cheer on their classmates and go along with the theme and make sure they don’t cause trouble. These student sections deserve recognition.
We will kick off the Student Section season with Preseason Football Student Section Rankings and Watch List. REMEMBER, this is a PREVIEW AND A WATCH LIST. These are not rankings. The real rankings come out in November or December.
If you feel your student section isn’t mentioned on the Watch List, let us know and we’ll make sure to keep an eye on them this season.
Every week, we will also have Student Section of the Week for each state. Once you win Student Section of the Week, you can’t win it again, but you still have to battle for the top spot in your state and perhaps the Nation as we will also name a Football Student Section National Champion.
So far we have previewed a Top 40 Preseason Football Student Section Ranking in 16 states and we have done a Watch List for 18 states, but now we go to our 19th state in the watch list.
This week, we introduce our 39th state to join the Student Section madness, Illinois.
This is our first time checking out Illinois, so we shall see just how rowdy Illinois is.
We will name one student section in each state to look out for. Since this is a Watch List, again, we know very little of Illinois Student Sections, but if we could pick a preseason favorite as the best football student section, it would be Batavia Dog Pound.
The Dogpound has plenty to cheer about with their Bulldogs being one of the best football programs in Illinois. THe Dogpound has company in a state filled with great Student Sections.
Will the Dogpound match the intensity of their football team and be one of Illinois best? Let’s find out.
2022 ILLINOIS FOOTBALL STUDENT SECTION WATCH LIST
Batavia Dog Pound
Brother Rice Crazies of Chicago
Wheaton North Flock
Fenwick Friar Nation of Oak Park
Warren Township Blue Crew of Gurnee
St. Rita Stable of Chicago
Maine South Hawks Nest of Park Ridge
Prairie Ridge of Crystal Lake
St. Charles North
Bolingbrook Red Zone
Glenbard West Crazies of Glen Ellyn