NCAA's Best College Fan Base: Texas A&M or Tennessee? | The Tylt
Some of the best young athletes show off their skills in college football, but it's the fans who make the NCAA one of the most exciting sports to be part of. But which fan base is the best? In this matchup, we have the Texas A&M Aggies and the Tennessee Volunteers. Texas A&M is the home of the original 12th man, and Tennessee has a number of traditions that make their fans feel like part of something bigger. Who is the best 12th man? 🏈
NCAA's Best College Fan Base: Texas A&M or Tennessee?
Many sports fans claim to love their teams, but there is no community more passionate about their clan than college sports fans. Whether its the sweet smell of an irresistible tailgate or the eardrum-shattering chants at a game, fans of NCAA sports know how to have a good time.
Despite having larger venues in college football, fans have no trouble filling the seats and making their environment as inhospitable as possible. We at the Tylt love college sports fans, and their rapid support of their teams. And that's why we want to know who is the loudest and proudest 12th man in the NCAA. Will your team win?
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We couldn't do a 12th man bracket without including the school that pioneered the term. Texas A&M wasn't always part of the SEC, but their inclusion brought a spotlight to one of the loudest and most coordinated fan bases in the nation.
It all starts with "Fish Camp," where freshmen are taught every song and every chant the Aggies use. This is not a one-day orientation. It is a four-day indoctrination that works. There are few stadiums more intimidating than Kyle Field at College Station.
There are also some fun traditions fans get to be a part of. Here's Bleacher Report's Michael Tahlienti with one of them:
After football victories, the freshmen in the Corps run onto the field and tackle A&M's male cheerleaders known as "Yell Leaders." The freshmen carry the Yell Leaders across campus to Fish Pond where they throw them into the fountain.
Many call them unjustifiably arrogant, but Tennessee fans just carry on fiercely supporting the orange and white. When you're a Volunteers fan, you can be part of the Vol Navy, a tailgating experience unlike any other on the Tennessee River near Neyland Stadium. Supporters grill right on their boats on the river or the dock, never leaving the marina to hear the roar of the crowd. And that crowd gets loud.
Despite having a few down years, Tennessee still has one of the rowdiest stadium experiences in college football. From running through the "T" to the singing of "Rocky Top," there are some grand traditions you can enjoy being a Volunteers fan. Here's Kristin Ford from Odyssey with why she loves being a Vols fan:
Although Tennessee fans have been mocked and teased about our confidence in our team, we still proudly proclaim, year after year, "this is our year" knowing that this statement will be true soon enough. Vol fans have proved time and time again that we will stand by this program and after witnessing the determination and drive that the players possessed during the bowl game, I believe that things will only go up from here.