The SEC and Big Ten argue about conference supremacy constantly. The Big Ten just picked up a nice accolade, courtesy of Sports Illustrated.
SI’s Joan Niesen ranked the top 10 college football towns in America. Not surprisingly, most of the places are either in the Midwest or Southeast.
Niesen’s No. 1? Madison, Wisconsin, home of the Wisconsin Badgers.
Nestled around Lakes Mendota and Monona, Madison is about as picturesque as it gets, and the Terrace at Memorial Union on campus at the University of Wisconsin might be the most delightful spot in the Midwest—at least four months out of the year. And when it’s too cold to take advantage of the lakes, Madison offers a great food and bar scene—drink Spotted Cow while you’re within the Wisconsin state lines—plus, it’s worthwhile to freeze for a late-season football game here.
So the Big Ten boasts the best college football town in the country, at least according to Sports Illustrated. Madison is a worthy choice, but we’re sure this list won’t cause any controversy at all.
Piggybacking off Niesen’s assessment of Madison, Camp Randall Stadium is a historically inhospitable place for visiting teams. Wisconsin has sprung a number of upsets over the years at home, and it is incredibly tough to come in and win there as an opponent.
This year, Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa will all have to play at Camp Randall. The Badgers will play their first home game in Week Two against Central Michigan.