Few sports, if any, have a better home-field advantage than college football. Getting a win in an intimidating atmosphere is extremely tough.
What college football stadium will be the country's most "intimidating" in 2018? We made our pick a little while ago.
Our pick? Ohio State.
1. Ohio Stadium, Ohio State
Big home games in 2018: Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska
Ohio State’s home slate in 2018 is admittedly a little weak. The Buckeyes travel to Michigan State and Penn State, don’t face Wisconsin and play Oregon State instead of Oklahoma in a non-conference game. Still, this place features over 100,000 fans on game day, ready to go insane. Not to mention, Ohio State is loaded from a talent perspective. There’s no tougher place to play in college football.
Does ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit agree with this? He's previously said that another Big Ten stadium might be the toughest place to play in when it's rocking.
“I’m telling you, I’ve been all over the country for the past 20 years…I don’t know if there’s a better, more-intimidating atmosphere than the whiteout at State College (at Penn State),” he said.
Herbstreit said this prior to Penn State’s home game against Michigan. The Nittany Lions went on to blow out the Wolverines.
PSU won that game, 42-13. The Nittany Lions ended the year with a win over Washington in the Fiesta Bowl.
Beaver Stadium should once again be an incredibly intimidating place to play at in 2018. Penn State is ranked No. 11 in ESPN’s way-too-early preseason top 25.