ESPN expert Kirk Herbstreit was asked a simple question on Twitter Tuesday morning. Which college football program has the best student section? His response might have been a bit surprising.
Herbstreit said Penn State possessed the best student section in the country, with fellow Big Ten foe Wisconsin close behind.
Have always felt Penn State has the best student section. With Wisconsin a close 2nd. https://t.co/ZNKrxHeeuB
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) July 5, 2016
Herbie might have nailed this on the nose. It’s a bit tricky to gauge student sections specifically as opposed to fan bases as a whole. But both Beaver Stadium and Camp Randall Stadium are nationally renown as two of the toughest places to play in college football, and the rabid student sections play a big role in cultivating that hostile environment.
Herbstreit’s credibility also must be taken into account. The former Ohio State quarterback has seen his fair share of college football environments as a player and more recently as a commentator.
Of course, some fans in Columbus, Ohio, Ann Arbor, Mich., or down in SEC Country might disagree.