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Ranking The Big Ten's Stadiums By Intimidation Factor In 2016

Is anything in sports more daunting than a trip to an intimidating college football stadium? 

College football is probably the sport with the biggest home advantage factor.

Good luck going into Baton Rouge, La. at night or Columbus, Ohio in late November and coming away with a win. 

Earlier, we ranked college football's 10 most-intimidating stadiums for 2016, combining the quality of the teams with the stadium/fans they get to play in front of. 

You can view those rankings here

We're branching those rankings out and doing them for the complete Big Ten conference. 

Here are the Big Ten's stadiums ranked, No. 1 to No. 14, by intimidation factor in 2016. 

Start With No. 14 >>>

14. Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium 

Capacity: 57,236
Average 2015 attendance: 37,508

Sorry, Boilermakers, but you'll play in front of the least-intimidating stadium in the Big Ten in 2016. 

Purdue's been rough on the field in recent seasons - the Boilermakers have won just two conference games over the last three years - and the fan support has reflected that. 

Darrell Hazel's program ranked second-to-last in the conference in average attendance in 2015, but dead last in percentage of the stadium filled. Purdue fans filled just 65 percent of Ross-Ade Stadium last season. 

Next: No. 13 ??? >>>13. Illinois' Memorial Stadium

Capacity: 60,670
Average 2015 Attendance: 42,647

The Illini have a historical home field in Memorial Stadium, which was first opened in 1923. It has been renovated three times: in 1985, 2008, 2013. 

Ten Big Ten championship teams have taken the field at Memorial Stadium, but lately the program has seen hard times. Illinois has won two games or less in a season four times in the last 14 years, and made only four bowl games in that span. 

New head coach Lovie Smith adds some buzz to the program, but he could use more butts in the seats. Only 70.3 percent of Memorial Stadium was filled on game days last fall. 

Next: No. 12 ??? >>>

12. Maryland's Capital One Field

Capacity: 51,802
Average 2015 Attendance: 40,240

Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium held just under 35,000 people when it first opened in 1950, but has been expanded three times to reach its current size.

Located in the heart of the Maryland campus, it's convenient for students and conveys an old-school, vintage feel while also featuring 63 luxury suites and a renovated press tower. 

Maryland still isn't in the upper echelon of Big Ten stadiums, but the Terps have some potential. The big issue? They don't have a signature Big Ten home win yet. Four of their five conference wins have come on the road, with Iowa in 2014 being the lone exception. 

Next: No. 11 ??? >>>

11. Rutgers' High Point Solutions Stadium

Capacity: 52,454
Average 2015 Attendance: 47,723

Along with Maryland, Rutgers is one of the Big Ten newbies, and the Scarlet Knights play in the third smallest stadium in the conference. Only Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium and Ryan Field (Northwestern) hold less people than The Point a.k.a High Point Solutions Stadium.

While Rutgers' 4-12 Big Ten record in two seasons is less than impressive, prime-time games against Penn State and Michigan in 2014 and Ohio State and Michigan State in 2015 created a lively stadium environment. 

Michigan, Penn State and Iowa all come to New Jersey this fall, and The Point promises to be packed for those games. Why isn't Rutgers higher on our list? Well, they have to win some more in order for teams to really feel uncomfortable about playing in Piscataway. 

Next: No. 10 ??? >>>

10. Indiana's Memorial Stadium 

Average 2015 Attendance:44,314

The Hoosiers have shown some signs of potential in recent seasons under Kevin Wilson, but they haven't quite gotten there yet. 

When Indiana is on, though, its stadium can create a pretty good atmosphere. 

The Hoosiers almost knocked off Ohio State at home last year. 

Will they pull off a big upset at home in 2016?

Next: No. 9 ??? >>>9. Northwestern's Ryan Field

Capacity: 47,130
Average Attendance: 33,366

Relax, Wildcats. You may not be playing in the Big Ten's most-intimidating college football stadium in 2016, but you're the only program in the conference that can boast about a city like Chicago - easily the best city in the B1G.

Northwestern was pretty good on the gridiron last season, too, winning 10 games in 2015 including wins over No. 21 Stanford and No. 25 Wisconsin. 

Working with the smallest stadium in the Big Ten, Pat Fitzgerald's program has done a decent job of bringing in the crowd. If the Wildcats continue to win, they may be trending upwards.

Next: No. 8 ??? >>>

8. Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium

Capacity: 52,525
Average Attendance: 52,069

The Golden Gophers may not play in the biggest stadium in the Big Ten, or even the most intimidating, but Minnesota fans do a fine job filling the stadium each and every Saturday during college football season. 

While fans appear to be dedicated, the football team hasn't held up its end of the bargain, failing to secure a 10-win season during the last decade. 

Minnesota fans filled 99.1 percent of the stadium's capacity last season and are expected to do much of the same this time around. 

Next: No. 7 ??? >>>

7. Iowa's Kinnick Stadium

Capacity: 70,585
Average Attendance: 63,193

Hawkeyes fans had the time of their life last season, even appearing on our 10 College Football Fan Bases That Impressed Us Most In 2015 list. It's hard not to expect much of the same this time around.

Kinnick Stadium is in the top half of the Big Ten in terms of capacity, but was only able to fill 89.5 percent of that capacity by the end of the year. 2015 was an exciting year though.

After a year in which the Hawkeyes finished the regular season undefeated, Iowa fans are hungry for more and could easily creep up this list halfway through 2016. Only time will tell.

Next: No. 6 ??? >>>

6. Michigan State's Spartan Stadium 

Capacity: 75,005
Average 2015 attendance: 74,661

Michigan State has been experiencing unprecedented success on the gridiron, and as such, fans are flocking to Spartan Stadium to see them play. MSU sold out virtually every home contest this past season. Against Oregon, they actually went over capacity, boasting an official attendance of 76,526.

Michigan State coming in at No. 6 shows you just how much firepower the conference has when it comes to passionate fan bases.

Michigan State lost a number of key pieces from last year's squad, so it'll be tough to repeat as conference champions. If they pull it off, though, their fans will go absolutely nuts again. 

Next: No. 5 ??? >>>

5. Nebraska's Memorial Stadium 

Capacity: 85,000
Average 2015 attendance: 89,998

Nebraska has one of the most loyal fan bases in the country, and regardless of the product on the field, they always show up. In fact, Nebraska has a sellout streak of 347 games - which dates all the way back to 1962. The "Sea of Red" is no joke.

Memorial Stadium has an official capacity of 85,000 but routinely sees over 90,000 pack in behind its walls on game day. The Cornhuskers are never short of fan support when they're playing at home.

Nebraska hasn't competed for a national title in quite some time. Imagine how insane their fans will be if that happens in the near future.

Next: No. 4 ??? >>>

4. Penn State's Beaver Stadium 

Capacity: 106.572
Average 2015 attendance: 99,799

Penn State has gone through somewhat of a rough patch in the wake of the Sandusky scandal, but fans haven't stopped going to games. Beaver Stadium is one of the craziest atmospheres in college football on Saturdays - especially when the program is hosting what it calls a "white out." The facility is actually the second-largest in the country, behind only Michigan's complex.

PSU is situated in the Big Ten East with Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State, so it's going to be hard to consistently dominate like they did in the past. But it's still clear that opponents do not like it when they have to head to Happy Valley.

There aren't many programs in the country that can average 100,000 fans per home game. Penn State does so pretty much every year.

Next: No. 3 ??? >>>

3. Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium 

Capacity: 80,321
2015 average attendance: 78,014

We ranked Madison, Wisc. as the best college football town in America and its stadium is pretty great, too. 

Wisconsin should be a top 25 caliber team in 2016, contending for the Big Ten West Division title, and its fan base should give the Badgers a pretty solid home-field advantage every week. 

There's nothing quite like the pre-fourth quarter "Jump Around!" either. 

Every college football fan needs to experience that at least once.

Next: No. 2 ??? >>>

2. Michigan's Michigan Stadium 

Capacity: 107,601
Average 2015 attendance: 110,168

The Wolverines' gigantic stadium has been known to be a little-too-quiet for its size on occasion, but that should change this fall. 

Michigan is trending toward elite status and could have a College Football Playoff-caliber team this season. 

The fan base and the stadium it protects will reflect that. 

Michigan ranked No. 1 in the conference in attendance in 2015 and should do it again in 2016.

Next: No. 1 ??? >>>

1. Ohio State's Ohio Stadium 

Capacity: 104,944 
Average 2015 attendance: 107,244

We're still not really sure how Michigan State went into Columbus on a cold November day last season and knocked off the Buckeyes. Seriously, how did that happen? 

It was the first home loss of the Urban Meyer era and we're not expecting that total to reach two in 2016. 

Ohio Stadium boasts the Big Ten's best team that plays in front of its most-rabid fan base. 

This was an easy call at No. 1.

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