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-man 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. REMEMBER, this is a PREVIEW. It is merely a prediction. The real rankings come out in November or December. 

If you feel your student section isn’t ranked high enough or not ranked at all, let us know and we’ll keep a close eye on them.

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 the Top 40 Preseason Football Student Section Rankings in Tennessee, Alabama, Alaska, North Carolina, Texas, all five Southern California Regions as well as the Watch List for Hawaii and Indiana. We now head to Northern California.

When we were only covering Southern California, we were approached by the Turlock Dogpound about expanding. The Dogpound convinced us and now we are covering 40 states. Big shout out to the Turlock Dogpound.

Northern California is deep with school spirit and it has to do with two people, Cameron Salerno of the Sacramento Bee and NorCalStudentSections (@norcalstudentsections on Instagram). They brought in a huge hype for NorCal.

In each state (or in this case, each region), we will name one student section to look out for. A student section that doesn’t get talked about a lot by us or others and for NorCal, it’s the Buchanan Red Riot of Fresno. Fresno is nowhere near Sacramento or the CIF-Northern Section where NorCalStudentSection covers, so you don’t see the Red Riot that often, but they have a solid Student Section. WIth some social media work, they will get more love than usual. This is a great Student Section.

Will the Riot Squad finish with another Top 5 Ranking? Let’s find out!


  1. Del Oro Blackhole of Loomis (2021 Final Rank: 1)

The Blackhole is crazy and they love showing off on social media. The large crowd to go with the rowdiness, props and endless noise makes it tough for other Student Sections to top the Blackhole. Del Oro has a solid shot at repeating in NorCal this football season.

  1. Rocklin Storm (2021: 2)
  2. Folsom Dogpack (2021: 4)
  3. Oak Ridge O-Zone of El Dorado Hills (2021: 3)
  4. Buchanan Red Riot of Fresno (2021: 5)
  5. Turlock Dogpound (2021: 8)
  6. Jesuit of Carmichael (7)
  7. Placer Goldmine of Auburn (2021: 9)
  8. Menlo-Atherton 12th Man of (2021: 11)
  9. Clovis (2021: 10)
  10. Wheatland (2021: Not Ranked)
  11. Clayton Valley of Concord(2021: 6)
  12. Granite Bay Den (2021: 13)
  13. Whitney X-Factor of Rocklin (2021: 14)
  14. Vista del Oro Nest of Folsom (2021: 15)
  15. De La Salle of Concord (16)
  16. Ponderosa Loud Crowd of Shingle Springs (2021: 18)
  17. Roseville Tiger Cage (2021: 19)
  18. Christian Brothers Nest of Sacramento (2021: 17)
  19. Pioneer Black Out Crew of Woodland (2021: 20)
  20. Clovis West of Fresno (2021: 21)
  21. Lincoln Zoo of Stockton (2021: 22)
  22. Woodcreek Wolfpack of Roseville (2021: 23)
  23. Clovis East of Fresno (2021: 24)
  24. Alisal (2021: 27)
  25. Clovis North Stable (2021: 28)
  26. Foothill Flockers of Pleasanton (2021: 25)
  27. Enterprise Manaics of Redding (2021: 30)
  28. California of San Ramon (2021: 26)
  29. Windsor (2021: 31)
  30. Pittsburg (2021: NR)
  31. San Ramon Valley 12th Man (2021: 2021: 32)
  32. Twelve Bridge Crash Pit (2021: NR)
  33. Aptos (2021: 35)
  34. Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove (2021: 34)
  35. Oakmont of Roseville (2021: 33)
  36. Colfax (2021: 36)
  37. Gridley Dawg Pound (2021: 37)
  38. St. Ignatius of San Francisco (2021: 39)
  39. Orland Blue Crew (2021: 40)