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The 10 Most Intimidating Stadiums In College Football In 2016

Few things in college football are more fun to talk about than the following topic: stadiums. 

The unique architecture and atmosphere of college football's arenas are one reason why many love this level of the sport more than the NFL. 

And, unlike in the NFL, there's often a significant difference in home-field advantage from one stadium to the next. 

There are a bunch of "toughest places to play in college football" lists out there and we're about to give you another one. 

This one, though, will take into account the type of team each of these stadium's will be attempting to protect. So, we're basically combining the home-crowd intensity with the ability of the team for the upcoming fall. 

Here are the 10 most intimidating stadiums in college football in 2016. 

Start With No. 10 ??? >>>

10. Tennessee 

Neyland Stadium

Capacity: 102,455

Big home games in 2016: Florida, Alabama

The Volunteers' stadium is one of the biggest in the sport and, for the first time in a while, it should have an elite team to support this fall. 

Tennessee, which returns most of its key players from its 2015 team, is expected to be a top 10 team in 2016. Butch Jones' squad is believed by most to be the favorite in the SEC East and a legitimate College Football Playoff contender. 

Neyland Stadium should be rocking all season long. 

Next: No. 9 ??? >>>

9. Oklahoma

Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

Capacity: 82,112

Big home games in 2016: Ohio State, Baylor, Oklahoma State

This stadium will play host to perhaps the biggest on-site non-conference game of the 2016 season, when the Sooners host the Buckeyes in Week 3. Oklahoma, a College Football Playoff favorite this fall, will need its home crowd to show up in a big way that Saturday.

There's no reason to expect that they won't. OU's home crowd has long been one of college football's best.

Part of the stadium's renovations will be complete before the opener, too.

Oklahoma's capacity will be greater than 84,000 once the renovations are completed.

Next: No. 8 ??? >>>

8. Texas A&M

Kyle Field

Capacity: 102,733

Big home games in 2016: Tennessee, Ole Miss, LSU

The Aggies boast the biggest stadium in the SEC thanks to the recent $485 million renovation project. Texas A&M's on-field product hasn't been elite in recent seasons, but its home-field advantage is about as good as it gets, so Kyle Field remains in the top 10. 

Wins in College Station will still be tough to come by. 

Hopefully Kevin Sumlin's team can give their home crowd a lot to cheer for this fall.

Next: No. 7 ??? >>>

7. Michigan

Michigan Stadium

Capacity: 107,601

Big home games in 2016: Penn State, Wisconsin

The Wolverines' home venue is massive, but it's been described by some as a little too quiet. That should change this fall. Michigan has as boisterous a coach as there is and the home crowd should start to reflect that. 

They'll have a top 10 team to cheer on, too. 

Based on Michigan's schedule, anything but an undefeated home campaign would be a disappointment. 

Next: No. 6 ??? >>>

6. Florida State

Doak Campbell Stadium

Capacity: 82,300

Big home games in 2016: UNC, Clemson, Florida

Few noises are more intimidating in college football than the drowning "war chant" of Florida State's crowd. Opponents can expect to hear that sound a lot this fall. 

The Seminoles will boast a top 10 team and College Football Playoff contender, giving their fans a ton to cheer for. 

FSU's home bout against Clemson could be the biggest conference game of the season, too. And thankfully for the Seminoles, it comes at home. 

Next: No. 5 ??? >>>

5. Alabama

Bryant-Denny Stadium

Capacity: 101,821

You could make the argument that the Crimson Tide's home arena deserves to have the No. 1 spot on this list, considering it's nearly impossible to beat Alabama at home under Nick Saban. The stadiums ahead them just have slightly better reputations. Still, No. 5 isn't a bad place to land. 

Alabama will have a national title contender to root for once again in 2016. 

Next: No. 4 ??? >>>

4. Oregon

Autzen Stadium

Capacity: 54,000

Big home games in 2016: Washington, Stanford

Pound-for-pound, no stadium does a better job giving its team a home-field advantage than Oregon's. The Ducks' capacity is far fewer than all the other stadiums on this list, but the stadium's unique architecture and the team's passionate fan base makes for one heck of an atmosphere. 

It gets loud in Eugene, Ore. on Saturdays in the fall. 

Oregon, looking to rebound from a disappointing 2015, should boast a Pac-12 contender once again this season. The home title against Stanford could be the eventual deciding factor for a College Football Playoff spot. 

Next: No. 3 ??? >>>

3. Clemson

Memorial Stadium

Capacity: 81,500

Big home games in 2016: Louisville, South Carolina

The home of the most-exciting entrance in college football should also be home to one of the sport's best crowds in 2016. Clemson, coming off a national title appearance, has given its fan base a ton to root for. 

The Tigers should get to play in front of a raucous atmosphere every home game.

Unfortunately for Clemson, though, it's biggest game of the season - Florida State - will come on the road. 

Next: No. 2 ??? >>>

2. Ohio State 

Ohio Stadium

Capacity: 104,944

Big home games in 2016: Nebraska, Michigan

The Buckeyes have lost just one home game in the four-year Urban Meyer era. It was a game they probably should have one, too - last season against Michigan State. 

Expect Ohio State's crowd - and its team - to do everything it can to make sure the home field doesn't witness any losses this fall. 

We can't wait to see The Horseshoe's reaction to Jim Harbaugh. 

Next: No. 1 ??? >>>

1. LSU 

Tiger Stadium

Capacity: 102,321

Big home games in 2016: Mississippi State, Alabama

The Tigers' stadium was No. 1 on this list when we did it a couple of years ago and there's no reason for it to not be No. 1 once again. 

Simply put: LSU's Tiger Stadium is maybe the best atmosphere in all of sports - especially at night - and the Tigers' could boast a top-five team this fall. 

If you can go to just one college football game this year, make it the Nov. 5 contest in Baton Rouge, La. between LSU and Alabama.

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