Perhaps no sport in the world has a greater home-field advantage than college football. There are arguments for others, of course, but few places in sports are more-intimidating than a rocking college football venue on a Saturday night.
Which college football stadiums are most intimidating?
We’ve ranked them several times, most recently in February 2018, and while the list hasn’t changed a ton since then, we’ve adjusted it heading into the 2019 season.
The “intimidating” factor takes several things into account, including the passion of the fan base, the success level of the team, the expected team in 2019 and, of course, the stadium itself.
Here’s our list for 2019.
10. Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium
Nebraska has the country’s longest home sellout streak by a mile and the Huskers now boast a head coach that the fan base is in love with. Scott Frost’s teams have made jumps in Year 2 before and the Huskers are expected by some to do the same in 2019.
Memorial Stadium should be rocking.
9. Georgia’s Sanford Stadium
Georgia has become the SEC’s clear second-best program and the Bulldogs are undefeated at home over the last two years under Kirby Smart.
When UGA is good, few places – if any – are tougher to win at than Sanford Stadium.
8. Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium
If you’ve never experienced a Wisconsin home game, make it a priority. Few college football towns are better than Madison and just as few have a college football stadium as cool as Camp Randall.
The “Jump Around” moment after the third quarter is one of the most-defeaning in the country.
7. Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium
Oklahoma was almost impossible to beat with Baker Mayfield, and then again with Kyler Murray, and now they’ve got Jalen Hurts.
When you have an elite quarterback, a stud head coach and a massive fan base, that’s a pretty great recipe for an awesome home-field advantage.
6. Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium
5. Penn State’s Beaver Stadium
If Penn State made every home game a night kickoff with a “Whiteout” crowd, the Nittany Lions’ Beaver Stadium would probably rank No. 1 on this list.
No stadium has given Ohio State, the Big Ten’s most-dominant program of the last decade, more trouble.
4. LSU’s Tiger Stadium
As long as the Tigers aren’t playing against Troy at home, they’re pretty tough to beat here. LSU knocked off Georgia at home last fall and bring back an elite team for 2019.
Good luck beating LSU on the road this year, especially if the game is taking place at night.
3. Clemson’s Memorial Stadium
Clemson might be the country’s most-intimidating team in 2019, so you could make an argument for the Tigers at No. 1 on this list, too, but Memorial Stadium doesn’t possess quite the history or pageantry as the two stadiums above it.
Still, no one wants to play at Clemson in 2019.
2. Ohio State’s Ohio Stadium
It’s a new era of Ohio State football in Columbus, with Ryan Day taking over the program following Ryan Day’s retirement, but Ohio Stadium remains as intimidating as ever. It’s one of the largest stadiums in the country and few are as loud as The Horseshoe on a fall Saturday.
Ohio State lost just three home games in the eight years Meyer led the program. If Day can come close to replicating that success, the Buckeyes will be just fine.
1. Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium
No team in college football has been more dominant over the last decade than Alabama and the Crimson Tide are basically unbeatable at home. Nick Saban’s team has won 26 straight games in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with the last home loss coming in 2015 to Ole Miss.
Are there stadiums that get louder? Sure.
Do Alabama’s fans sometimes get bored with the dominance? Maybe.
But no one in college football has been tougher to beat at home than Alabama, so Bryant-Denny Stadium gets to No. 1 on this list.