Home field advantage can make a major difference in college football. Sometimes, games or even seasons are swung by a raucous home crowd engulfing an opposing team.
Heading into 2019, 247Sports’ Brad Crawford ranked the toughest places to play next season. Many of the usual suspects are on this list, including Clemson, LSU and Ohio State.
Crawford’s No. 1 toughest place to play? Bryant-Denny Stadium, home of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
He cites a combination of crowd presence and Alabama’s talent level as the reason they are No. 1.
How impressive is Alabama’s current streak at home? There are several players entering their senior seasons at the program who have never experienced a loss in Tuscaloosa. And with arguably the most returning talent offensively the Crimson Tide’s had during Nick Saban’s tenure with players like Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy and Najee Harris, 2019 could be another record-setter in terms of production. Heavy NFL Draft departures on defense means there’s a chance Tagovailoa will play deeper into games as a junior, which is guaranteed to result in bigger numbers. Dixieland Delight returned during the 2018 campaign, a Bryant-Denny staple.
You can read all of Crawford’s rankings here.
As it stands next year, Alabama doesn’t have a ton of marquee home matchups. The Tide have to go to Auburn, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Texas A&M.
LSU and Tennessee are the two best home games on Alabama’s 2019 schedule.