Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 1:00pm

A former Division I linebacker himself, Chase Rice now joins ESPN & Taco Bell in their search for the nation’s best student section this college football season.
The multi-Platinum entertainer joins an elite team of ESPN analysts to evaluate college student sections week after week, culminating with one lucky school taking home the top honor of Live Más Student Section of the Year.
“College football season is my favorite time of year,” shares Rice. “As a former player, I know how much of an impact the crowd can have on a game - especially with a rowdy student section leading the way. I'm honored to join this committee to help celebrate some of the greatest fans in the country.”
“When Taco Bell asked me what country artist we should consider bringing to the panel, I felt like Chase was an obvious choice,” adds ESPN reporter and fellow committee member Marty Smith, who shares a close friendship with Rice. “He played the game at a high level and understands the passion and tradition that separates college football from everything else. I felt like he was a perfect addition – plus this will allow us another reason to bust each other’s chops every weekend.”
For more information, visit and follow Rice all season long on Twitter and Facebook @ChaseRiceMusic or on Instagram @ChaseRice to see how the contest is shaping up.
About Chase Rice 
Country music maverick Chase Rice has become one of country music’s most exciting figures since arriving in Nashville, building a loyal fan base across the country through his energetic live shows and gaining the attention of music critics and industry professionals alike with his edgy, eclectic sound. The Tar Heel State native recently released his first taste of new music with “Lonely If You Are,” now available on all digital platforms and climbing the charts at Country radio. The song follows his sophomore album, Lambs & Lions, released with Broken Bow Records in 2017 and featuring two-week chart-topper “Eyes On You” – Rice’s first No. 1 as an artist and the most-streamed song of his career with more than 200 million on-demand streams and counting. Lambs & Lions followed Ignite the Night, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the all-genre chart, producing a pair of Top 5 hits; the Platinum-certified “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” After supporting Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival Tour, Rice has consistently sold out 2,500-3,000 seat venues on his own headlining tours, plus served as direct support on the Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2018. His current headlining AM/PM Tour runs through the rest of 2019 before his The Pint of Anything Tour hits Europe in early 2020.