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The 15 Best College Football Stadium Atmospheres In 2016

Spring football is wrapping up across the country. Summer is coming.

Before you know it, fall - and, more importantly, the 2016 college football season - will be here. 

It's time for you, college football fan, to start planning a trip or two (or 15) for the upcoming season. 

We're going to tell you the game you should attend each week of the 2016 season. 

This is not a list of the best games of the week, but the quality of the contests certainly plays a factor. It's also about the stadiums these games are in and the environment you'll get to witness. 

Basically, this is a list of the 15 best college football stadium atmospheres in 2016. 

Start With Week 1 >>>

Week 1

The pick: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisc., LSU vs. Wisconsin

So this is kind of cheating, because Lambeau Field is not a college football stadium. It will be one for one week this fall, though, as Wisconsin is set to host LSU in a non-conference clash at the most historic stadium in the NFL. 

Yes, Alabama-USC is also taking place this week - along with a bunch of other incredible games - but how can you pass up the opportunity to see two great college football programs play in the cathedral of the NFL? 

Next: Week 2 >>>

Week 2

The pick: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn., Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech

Another non-college football stadium. 

But will you ever again get the opportunity to watch a college football game at a NASCAR track and be a part of the biggest college football game crowd ever?

Probably not. So head to Bristol, Tenn. in Week 2. 

Next: Week 3 >>>

Week 3

The pick: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Neb., Oregon at Nebraska

This might be a controversial choice, considering Oklahoma is hosting Ohio State this week. But Nebraska is one of the best atmospheres in college football. The Huskers have sold out every game since the 1960s, after all. And this is probably their biggest home game of the season. 

Next: Week 4 >>>

Week 4

The pick: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn., Florida at Tennessee

Rocky Top will be rocking all fall, but perhaps never more so than in Week 4, when a game between the Volunteers and Gators could end up deciding the SEC East race. 

You're not going to want to miss this one. 

Next: Week 5 >>>

Week 5

The pick: Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas, Oklahoma at TCU

This could very well be the game that decides the Big 12 race and the Horned Frogs' home atmosphere has turned into one of the best in the conference. 

It'll be wild for this one. 

Next: Week 6 >>>

Week 6

The pick: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Fla., Florida State at Miami

No, Miami's home-field atmosphere hasn't been great lately. It's been pretty pathetic, actually. But this is the first year of the Mark Richt era. The program has been injected with some excitement. The fan base has, too. 

This could be the reigniting of one of college football's best rivalries. Hopefully the atmosphere inside Sun Life Stadium reflects that. It'll be fun to take in regardless. 

Next: Week 7 >>>

Week 7 

The pick: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Ind., Stanford at Notre Dame

The biggest game on Notre Dame's schedule comes at home. Take a trip to one of the most beautiful campuses in the world to see two College Football Playoff contenders battle in South Bend, Ind. 

If the game is anything like the 2015 one, you'll be in for a treat. 

Next: Week 8 >>>

Week 8 

The pick: Beaver Stadium, State College, Pa., Ohio State at Penn State

It was announced on Tuesday that this game will be a "White Out" for the Nittany Lions, making this game even more intriguing. Penn State's White Outs provide for one of the best environments in all of sports. It's loud, it's a little eery. 

It's an atmosphere you have to take in. 

Next: Week 9 >>>

Week 9 

The pick: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich., Michigan at Michigan State


These two teams gave us the most incredible ending we've ever seen in college football a season ago. What will the rematch/Jim Harbaugh's arrival to East Lansing, Mich. give us? 

We can't wait to find out. 

Next: Week 10 >>>

Week 10

The pick: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La., Alabama at LSU

The easiest pick on our list, by far. Tiger Stadium, at night, is the best atmosphere in all of sports. And that's what we should get this week when LSU hosts Alabama. 

This game should be No. 1 on every college football fan's bucket list. 

Next: Week 11 >>>

Week 11

The pick: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Ore., Stanford at Oregon

If you've never been to Eugene, Ore. for a college football Saturday, go. It's one of the most-underrated atmospheres in all of college football. And it should be at its absolute best when the Ducks host the Cardinal in early November. 

Next: Week 12 >>>

Week 12 

The pick: Rose Bowl, Los Angeles, Calif., USC at UCLA

This is probably the least-appealing week of the college football season. USC at UCLA is the highlighter, so take a trip to check out one of the most picturesque settings in all of sports - the Rose Bowl. 

Be sure to stick around for the sunset if the game's an early one. 

Next: Week 13 >>>

Week 13

The pick: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio, Michigan at Ohio Stadium

Ohio State fans welcome Jim Harbaugh to Ohio Stadium for the first time as Michigan's head coach. 

Enough said. 

(Will there be another guarantee?)

Next: Week 14 >>>

Week 14

The pick: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga., SEC Championship Game

The Big 12 is still playing regular season games, so you could to to Oklahoma-Oklahoma State or Baylor-West Virginia, but Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game is the pick. 

Hopefully, you'll get to witness Alabama-Tennessee. 

Next: Week 15 >>>

Week 15

The pick: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md., Army-Navy

The only game on the slate this week. Army-Navy is a game every college football fan needs to attend at least once. The on-field product is usually pretty exciting, but even if it's not, the pageantry is so incredible you won't care. 

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