Whether it be a white-out game in Beaver Stadium, an Iron Bowl matchup in Tuscaloosa or a hill run in Death Valley, college football produces some of the greatest environments in all of sports.
According to draft analyst Matt Miller, while the NFL boasts more talented players, college football “dominates” in game-time atmosphere.
“The NFL has the better quality of play but college football dominates on environment,” he wrote on Twitter.
The NFL has the better quality of play but college football dominates on environment.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 3, 2021
During yesterday’s first full day of college football action, we got to see a few of those electric environments first hand.
Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium was rocking last night for the Golden Gophers’ matchup with No. 4 Ohio State. The near-70,000 capacity stadium was sold out for a tightly-contested contest that kept fans on the edge of their seats until the final minutes of the game.
Coastal Carolina, UCF, NC State, Tennessee and others all played under the lights in packed stadiums last night as well.
Tonight’s schedule also features some excellent atmospheres.
No. 10 North Carolina will travel into a hostile Lane Stadium for a night-game matchup against Virginia Tech. The Hokies faithful in Blacksburg have developed the reputation as one of the most electric crowds in college football — and they’ll certainly bring it for tonight’s top-10 conference matchup.
No. 1 Alabama at No. 14 Miami and No. 5 Georgia at No. 3 Clemson should both produce some unforgettable atmospheres on Saturday as well.
This weekend, the college football game gets all the shine. But, the NFL will start to butt in with it’s Week 1 start next weekend.