BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Granted, it may not be a college football Saturday, but don’t think that the fans wouldn’t go all out to support their team at the Women’s Gymnastics championship.
With the championship being held in Alabama’s backyard, the Crimson Tide had the most supporters at Friday’s semifinals. That’s not to say that other teams were left without support.
Take a look at some of the craziest fans from Friday’s action.
At the Gators’ back
Florida fans are familiar with the Birmingham-Jefferson Convocation Center, having been there for the SEC championships earlier this month. They’ll return there on Saturday to cheer on their team as they try to win their second consecutive national title.
Oklahoma fans cheer on the Sooners — the highest scoring team from Friday’s first session.
Fighting for the Illini
Illinois had a program-record 195.8 at nationals, but these Illinois fans are one-and-done as the Illini failed to qualify for the finals.
A little of everything
In certain spots, groups of fans crossed paths. In one section in the first session, fans from LSU, Georgia and Stanford all converged.
Nittany Lion pride
Penn State was the first team in history to sit outside of the top 12 in the national rankings and make the NCAA championship. The No. 15 Nittany Lions could not keep their surprising run going, finishing in 12th place.
The big U
Utah missed out on a spot in the finals by .075 points despite the best efforts of its fans, including one with a light-up ‘U’ sign.
With a tight first session, LSU kept its large and raucous crowd in town for Saturday’s finals.
Go Big Red
Nebraska was in a three-way battle for the last spot in the finals and prevailed, much to the delight of these Cornhusker fans.
Trying to bring the dynasty back
The Bruins won four of five national championships from 2000-04, but have only one since. These fans will have to wait at least another year, losing to Nebraska for the last spot in the finals by .100 points.
Roll Tide Roll
With the championships being held an hour away from campus, and Alabama being one of the favorites to win the title, Crimson Tide fans flocked to see their team. And yes, the Tide did bring their pep band, cheerleaders and mascot.