Power Ranking Big 12 Teams with the Biggest Home Field Advantage
The Big 12 has some of the best home stadiums in all of college football.
Places like Texas Memorial Stadium and Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium attract some of the loudest and rowdiest fanbases in the country. This is a look at all 10 Big 12 stadiums and how they stack up against one another.
Lawrence, Kansas may not bring a huge crowd, but newcomers TCU and West Virginia are making up the gap. Here is a look at the stadiums that bring the noise on game-day Saturdays.
No. 10: Kansas, Memorial Stadium
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The Kansas Jayhawks are consistently one of the worst football programs in the Big 12, and their lack of a home-field crowd falls in line with that bad track record.
This is not a scary place to visit for any Big 12 team—in fact, it isn’t imposing to FCS visitors either.
The hope is that Charlie Weis can win some games and get this stadium rowdy again like it was during the Mark Mangino years. So far that prospect looks bleak.
No. 9: Baylor, Floyd Casey Stadium
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The Baylor Bears currently play their games at an off-campus site four miles away from the Baylor campus. Floyd Casey Stadium has been the home of the Bears since 1950, but it hasn’t provided the same passion that an onsite stadium would.
The Bears have also struggled to put a consistent winning product on the field in the past, but recent success under current head coach Art Briles has led to an increase in interest for the Baylor program.
The home-field advantage is better than Kansas for Baylor, but it falls way short of the rest of the conference in this category.
According to the Baylor Athletics website, a new on-campus stadium will break ground this August. The release video can be seen here.
This new stadium will pay dividends for the future of the program, adding a solid home-field advantage to this program's array of weapons.
No. 8: Iowa State, Jack Trice Stadium
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Iowa State has turned the corner under Paul Rhoads and are winning some football games. One of the obvious signs of the recent success has been the increase in attendance over the past few years.
Still, this stadium is built with an open end and doesn’t carry the traditional aura of some of the larger stadiums in the Big 12. The Cyclones are a rising star in the conference, but they still don’t strike fear into fellow conference foes.
This stadium is a solid house for the Iowa State program, but the home-field advantage is in the bottom half of the conference. Not to take away from the Cyclones faithful, but there are a lot nastier fanbases in the Big 12 outside of Jack Trice.
No. 7: TCU, Amon G. Carter Stadium
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The TCU Horned Frogs stepped into a new conference and a newly renovated stadium to begin the 2012 season, helping increase their home attendance exponentially.
The home crowd was louder and prouder than ever this year for TCU, and that following will continue to be steady for this program.
The Horned Frogs are where they belong in the Big 12, and it has provided a new level of excitement in the program. What was already a difficult place to visit is now one of the toughest crowds in the Big 12.
This is a growing home-field advantage that could become one of the best in the conference in the next few years.
No. 6: Oklahoma State, Boone Pickens Stadium
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Boone Pickens Stadium is the oldest playing field in the Big 12, first hosting Oklahoma State football games in 1920.
The stadium was run-down for most of the past century, but long-term renovations changed things by 2009. The stadium underwent a major overhaul and was renamed Boone Pickens Stadium in 2003 at the beginning of the renovation process.
With the subsequent upgrades and on-field success, the Cowboys now draw a consistent and loud crowd.
Traveling to Oklahoma State used to be an easy win, but now the crowd helps keep teams on the edge from start to finish. As the Cowboys continue to climb up the Big 12 ladder, this site will continue to boast one of the better home-field advantages in the conference.
No. 5: Kansas State, Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium
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Bill Snyder is one of only three coaches in FBS history to coach in a stadium that bears his name.
Snyder deserves the honor for the way that he has turned around this Kansas State program in his tenure.
Along the way, the Wildcats have built a strong fanbase that turns out in packs for Kansas State football games. The Wildcats are consistent contenders for the Big 12, and they continue to grow attendance every year.
This is a great stadium that offers a solid game-day experience. The crowd makes this one of the tougher visits for conference foes during the fall.
No. 4: Texas Tech, Jones AT&T Stadium
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“Guns Up” will be roaring through the stadium on Saturdays this fall, and the return of Kliff Kingsbury will add to the fans' fervor.
The Red Raiders added home attendance this past year, and that will continue to climb. The Texas Tech faithful have become a very passionate group over the past decade as the Red Raiders program has risen on the national stage.
This stadium is full of fans expecting wins, and they will bring a lot of additional passion this year.
This is an under-appreciated program and fanbase inside the Big 12, but at the end of the day, they are always one of the most passionate and faithful in the conference.
No. 3: West Virginia, Milan Puskar Stadium
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Milan Puskar Stadium has become one of the rowdiest hosting sites in college football over the past decade.
The Mountaineers always had a strong fanbase that was very passionate, but the recent success on the national stage has led to a surge in home-field advantage for this program.
The fans are close to the sideline in this stadium, well within yelling distance of visiting teams. The West Virginia faithful are known to be loud and proud—especially in the later quarters.
West Virginia joining the Big 12 simply added to the craziness that takes over Morgantown on game day. This home-field crowd is one of the best in the conference.
No. 2: Oklahoma, Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
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The Oklahoma Sooners have packed Memorial Stadium since the first game in 1923.
This program is a consistent winner and always challenges for national attention during the fall. The fans are die-hard followers of the Sooners and bring their best yells on game-day Saturdays.
Memorial Stadium in Norman is as rowdy as it gets in the Big 12.
Every team that travels to Oklahoma knows that this is a tough stadium to walk out of with a win. The Sooners are not only one of the best teams in the country—their fans are among the nation’s best as well.
No. 1: Texas, Darrell K Royal—Texas Memorial Stadium
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The Texas Longhorns play in one of the craziest stadiums in all of college football.
The Longhorns faithful pack in Darrell K Royal—Texas Memorial Stadium every Saturday, creating a nasty environment for visiting teams trying to sneak away with a big win.
The stadium has a seating capacity of 100,119 and brings that in on an every-Saturday basis.
When Big 12 teams travel to Austin, they know that they are in for a dog fight from start to finish. It starts the minute the buses get close to the stadium, and the fans begin the heckling.
This is not only one of the best venues in the Big 12, it is one of the best in all of college football.