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Best SEC game-weekend experience: The corps is where it’s at

GRAPHIC BY JODY HORTON
GRAPHIC BY JODY HORTON

A quick admission – a small sample size has affected College Station’s place on this countdown. There is no doubt in my mind about that. Otherwise, Texas A&M might have finished higher than seventh on my list of the best SEC game-weekend experiences.

I’ve only been there once – I had the radio call for Touchdown Radio in 2012 when some freshman quarterback named Johnny Manziel ran and passed the Aggies to a 58-10 throttling of Arkansas. The game was out of hand fast. We were going to blowout material in the first half.

In addition, we stayed in Houston and went in and out on game day. So we weren't there the night before for the "Midnight Yell," which I've heard too many times is like virtually nothing else in college sports. What I wouldn't give to see that.

Still, I saw so much that is so cool. The 12th man is legit; it might just be the best student section in college football, as it is so often called. The Corps of Cadets, the marching, is absolutely breathtaking. And, yes, the students do kiss their dates when the Aggies score. Man, there was some smooching going on during the one game I called.

Kyle Field holds more than 100,000 and they rock all game. I was told beforehand to hold on between the third and fourth quarters, that the stadium actually shook. You know what? The stadium actually shook.

It is a magnificent setting. I just probably didn't see it enough times to truly appreciate it like I should.

What I liked best: Many, many things. But the Corps of Cadets marching was something I thought about even well after the fact. It was really, really cool.

No. 8 on my list features horses, golf and bourbon, as well as football. No. 9 has trees and a famous corner. No. 10 features "tailgate trains," and No. 11 on my list is a must-visit place if you like music. Here's No. 12 on my list, and two schools tied for 13th.

ABOUT TEXAS A&M
Location: College Station, Texas (population of about 101,000)
Stadium: Kyle Field (102,577)
Enrollment: 59,000

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