No. 9, Tennessee
Everything that makes college football great can be found in the Volunteer State.
It has an awesome college football town (Knoxville) and a big-time program (Tennessee) with a massive stadium (Neyland Stadium). It also has another SEC program that has recently shown signs of promise (Vanderbilt) and a couple lower-tier programs that have been successful in the past (Memphis and Middle Tennessee State).
The Volunteers are clearly the top team in the state and the passion for Butch Jones’ rising program shows. Tennessee had more than 63,000 people watch its spring game this year. Other top programs couldn’t average that number for regular season games in 2014.
The checkerboard end zones and Rocky Top are pretty great, too.