We continue our Final Rankings in the 41 states we covered this football season. 

To say I’m overwhelmed with the work that comes along with this is an understatement.

We had Student Section of the Week for over 10 weeks and that helped us determine who had the best Student Section and which one wanted it more.

Just showing up in large crowds isn’t enough. It might fool other outlets that don’t cover Student Sections, but not us. We have to know how bad you want and marketing is key. 

You will see top-notch Student Sections miss out at the top spot, but we kept saying it over and over and over again, in order to be considered number one, you have to win the Student Section of the Week title. Otherwise, what is the point of having that contest?!

I know Student Sections complain, but remember it’s thousands of Student Sections and only me. Social media is your friend if used correctly.

Illinois is still a state we are trying to figure out as far as Student Sections. Example; two of our Top 5 Student Sections in Illinois. Year one is always a learning year, so we should be more accurate. I do feel we got the Top portion of the Rankings correct.

So many great Student Sections in this state. Let’s take a look at our Top 40 and name our state champ!


1. Naperville North Dawgpound 

The Dawgpound can pack the stands like nobodies business! They rock any theme quite well like the White Out theme or the USA theme. The Dawgpound handled business and that is why the North Naperville Dawgpound is the Illinois Football Student Section of the Year!

2. St. Charles North Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group was not even nominated for Student Section of the Week and they still finished at number two. Now that we are aware of this Student Section, they should t the least stay in the Top 5. They can hang here for awhile and battle for the top spot. Large and fantastic Blue Man Group!

3. Batavia Dogpound

The Dogpound can pack the stands and rock any theme, like their White Out theme. Amazing football team that comes with a Top 5 Student Section!

4. Fenwick Friar Nation

How did we not nominate Friar Nation for Student Section of the Week? Well, hopefully the sea of black can take this Top 5 finish in Illinois! They look like a solid Student Section!

5. Bolingbrook Red Zone

The Red Zone rocked the White Out like nobodies business. Couldn’t push them outside the Top 5. The Red Zone shows up in big numbers!

6. Mahomet-Seymour Bullldog Nation

7. Prospect Underground

8. Barrington Big Red 

9. Lincoln-Way West

10. Lockport

11. Lincoln-Way East

12. Warren Township Blue Crew

13. Glenbard West Crazies

14. Brother Rice Crazies 

15. Hersey

16. East St. Louis

17. Maine West

18. Marist

19. St. Rita Stable

20. Maine South

21. Prairie Ridge

22. Maine East

23. Cary-Grover

24. Hyde Park

25. Lincoln

26. Wheaton North 

27. Mount Carmel

28. Neuqua Valley

29. Effingham

30. Hansberry

31. Naperville Central

32. York

33. Lena-Winslow 

34. Lyons 

35. Sycamore

36. Palatine 

37. Lemont

38. Providence Catholic 

39. Peoria

40. Downers Grove North 

HONORABLE MENTION: Edwardsville, Lake Zurich, St. Teresa, Plainfield North, Crete-Monee