Top 15 College Football Stadiums of 2014

Top 15 College Football Stadiums of 2014

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In no other sport does home-field advantage count more than it does in college football. Over the years, the sport has prided itself on its collection of legendary venues. While this year’s National Championship game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, we’re not counting that as a strictly college football stadium. With that said, here are the best of the best college football stadiums for the 2014 season.

15. Doak Walker Stadium - Florida State

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15. Doak Walker Stadium - Florida State

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Doak Walker Stadium figures to play host to the best team in the country in 2014. An already loaded Seminoles squad will get the added boost of playing in front of one of the best crowds in the land. Florida State’s home carries the unique distinction of being the largest continuous brick structure in the country, making Doak Walker Stadium truly one-of-a-kind.

14. Bryant-Denny Stadium - Alabama

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14. Bryant-Denny Stadium - Alabama

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Few, if any, schools take their football as seriously as the folks down in Tuscaloosa, and they have the stadium to match their passion and enthusiasm. Bryant-Denny Stadium is one of the biggest sports venues in the country, and the Crimson Tide have certainly given their fans plenty to cheer about in recent years. Alabama will play host to Auburn in this year’s Iron Bowl, a must-watch event.

13. Camp Randall Stadium - Wisconsin

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13. Camp Randall Stadium - Wisconsin

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Madison, WI is one of the best college towns in America, and it’s hard to find a better game day atmosphere. This is especially true once the fourth quarter rolls around, when you might find yourself jumping like a maniac with a few thousand of your closest friends. Add in some spectacular tailgating, and Badgers home games have it all.

12. Beaver Stadium - Penn State

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12. Beaver Stadium - Penn State

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There are few sights in sports, let alone college football, more thrilling than a White Out at Beaver Stadium. Unless, of course, you happen to be a visiting team trying to play a football game; then it’s just plain terrifying. Penn State is slowly but surely getting back to where it once was in college football. Getting to play your home games in Beaver Stadium certainly helps.

11. Husky Stadium - Washington

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11. Husky Stadium - Washington

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The Northwest in general has several fantastic football venues, and Husky Stadium is right near the top of the list. A recent 0 million renovation has turned the Huskies’ home into one of the nicest stadiums in the country. The area around Husky Stadium is worth sightseeing on its own as well.

10. Memorial Stadium - Nebraska

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10. Memorial Stadium - Nebraska

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One of the most well-constructed stadiums in the country, Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium is also one of the most intimidating to play in. The sightlines throughout the stadium are fantastic and the entire place just has a very traditional, classic feel about it. The Cornhuskers have also sold out every home game dating back to 1962. That’s pretty impressive.

9. Notre Dame Stadium - Notre Dame

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9. Notre Dame Stadium - Notre Dame

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Few schools can boast the kind of tradition that the Fighting Irish can, and Notre Dame Stadium plays a big part in that legacy. Classified by some as a bit too ‘old school,’ the school has taken steps to modernize the stadium in certain areas. One thing that will hopefully never change is Touchdown Jesus watching over the Irish for every home game.

8. Autzen Stadium - Oregon

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8. Autzen Stadium - Oregon

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Oregon’s home base only seats around 55,000, but you would swear it was 500,000 by how loud the Autzen Zoo gets whenever the Ducks play there. Oregon will play host to some of the best matchups in the country in 2014, including a non-conference blockbuster against Michigan State and a huge late-season matchup against conference rival Stanford.

7. Memorial Stadium - Clemson

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7. Memorial Stadium - Clemson

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It’s hard to think of a better stadium entrance in all of sports than the one Clemson’s players get to experience for every home game. The run down the hill and the touching of Howard’s Rock represent one of the best traditions in all of college football. And when the Tigers get rolling, Death Valley can get awfully loud.

6. Sanford Stadium - Georgia

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6. Sanford Stadium - Georgia

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Sanford Stadium is one of the more unique venues in college football. Because the stadium is surrounded by private hedges, Georgia’s home games are referred to as being played “Between the Hedges.” The Bulldogs’ home also features a mausoleum containing all of their deceased mascots. The Bulldogs kick off the season by playing host to non-conference rival Clemson Tigers.

5. Rose Bowl - UCLA

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5. Rose Bowl - UCLA

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This ranking takes into account not just UCLA’s games, but also the fact that the Rose Bowl will be playing host to one of the national semifinal games in the inaugural College Football Playoff. One of the most legendary stadiums in all of football, the Rose Bowl has a tradition that is almost unmatched. Whether it’s the Bruins or any other team doing battle, the Rose Bowl is a must-see attraction for any football fan.

4. Kyle Field - Texas A&M

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4. Kyle Field - Texas A&M

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No matter how many other teams, college or professional, try to make the title theirs, the 12th Man will always be a strictly Texas A&M tradition in the eyes of the Aggies and their fans. The Aggies have really made a name for themselves on the national stage in the past few seasons, and that shouldn’t change in 2014 thanks to one of the most intimidating home stadiums around.

3. Ohio Stadium - Ohio State

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3. Ohio Stadium - Ohio State

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Not too many stadiums showcase a halftime display almost as entertaining as the game itself, but the Buckeyes and the Best Damn Band in the Land are able to pull it off on a yearly basis. The Horseshoe oozes tradition and excellence that is evident to all who visit, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more raucous atmosphere than when the Michigan Wolverines come to town, as they will again in 2014.

2. Michigan Stadium - Michigan

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2. Michigan Stadium - Michigan

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It’s called the Big House for a reason. There is no bigger stadium in any sport anywhere else in the United States, and the Wolverines make sure opponents know that whenever they come to Ann Arbor. Last September, the Wolverines played host to the largest crowd in the history of college football. But no matter how many fans show up, Michigan stadium remains one of the very best venues in all the land.

1. Tiger Stadium - LSU

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1. Tiger Stadium - LSU

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Tiger Stadium has everything you’re looking for in an iconic home venue: top-notch tailgating, lots of noise, a unique look, and, of course, a pretty darn good football team. Day games at Tiger Stadium are as intense as any in college football, but it’s LSU’s night games that separate them from every other school in the country. There simply isn’t anything else like it.

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