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The 10 Most Intimidating Stadiums In College Football In 2017

These will be the hardest places to play in college football this upcoming season.

Home-field advantage is an important factor in every sport, but probably more so in college football than any other. There are huge variations in the architecture and design of stadiums from school to school, and some stadiums are even built specifically to trap in noise. With that in mind, let's take a look at the stadiums teams will absolutely dread playing at in 2017.

10. Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Oklahoma

Capacity: 86,112

Big home games in 2017: TCU and West Virginia

The Sooners just win, and they're projected to win some more this year. With a soft Big 12 schedule, expect the crowd to be as ravenous as ever when teams come to play Oklahoma. A national championship isn't out of the question.

9. Michigan Stadium, Michigan

Capacity: 109,901

Big home games in 2017: Ohio State and Michigan State

The largest stadium in college football, it's no surprise Michigan Stadium, nicknamed "The Big House" made this list. Michigan can simply cram more people into the stands than any other school, and that's not a bad strategy if you're trying to create a rambunctious crowd.

8. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Florida

Capacity: 91,916

Big home games in 2017: LSU, Florida State

The humidity of Gainesville combined with the screaming of 90,000 fans is probably not the best environment for opposing teams to play their best football. Combine that with the fact the Gators' defense is a stone wall, and it's a surprise anyone manages to score points in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

7. Beaver Stadium, Penn State

Capacity: 106,572

Big home games in 2017: Michigan and Nebraska

After last year's run, the Nittany Lions won't take anyone by surprise this season, as they're considered a second-tier title contender. Fans will be going bonkers this year as they try to will their team back into national relevance. Known for the "White-Out" game, the atmosphere is always electric on Saturdays.

6. Camp Randall Stadium, Wisconsin

Capacity: 80,321

Big home games in 2017: Iowa, Michigan

It's hard to win at Camp Randall Stadium, and even if teams are able to pull out victories, it's never by more than one possession, it seems. The grind-it-out football the Badgers play lends itself to some phenomenal matchups when the weather gets cold, and Wisconsin is never out of the game when they play at home.

5. Memorial Stadium, Clemson

Capacity: 81,500

Big home games in 2017: Auburn, Florida State

The Tigers have only lost three games at home in the past five years, thanks in part to a crowd that refuses to let up. They're the defending national champions, and with a repeat on the line, Memorial Stadium is likely to be even crazier this year.

4. Tiger Stadium, LSU

Capacity: 102,321

Big home games in 2017: Auburn, Texas A&M

Referred to as Death Valley, Tiger Stadium is more or less where teams go to die. With a raucous crowd and a stout defense year after year, it's easy to see why teams can get rattled.

3. Bryant-Denny Stadium, Alabama

Capacity: 101,821

Big home games in 2017: Texas A&M, LSU

On here more or less by default, the Crimson Tide do the most damage before teams even take the field. The excellence and mystique of Alabama football is enough to rattle even the toughest of opponents. Regarded as basically invincible by, well, basically everyone, the Crimson Tide have lost at home just twice in the past five years.

2. Doak Campbell Stadium, Florida State

Capacity: 82,300

Big home games in 2017: Miami, Louisville

Florida State may not have the biggest stadium or the loudest stadium, but the Seminoles get it done at home regardless. In the last five years, the Seminoles are 31-3. Add that together with a squad that is a legitimate title contender in 2017, and Doak Campbell Stadium is essentially a graveyard for opposing teams.

1. Ohio Stadium, Ohio State

Capacity: 104,944

Big home games in 2017: Oklahoma, Penn State

In the last five years, the Buckeyes have lost just two games at home. Two! With over 100,000 fans ready to go ballistic in the stands, and an Ohio State team poised for another national championship run, this is a place you absolutely don't want to play at.