Ranking the Big Ten's Stadiums: The Toughest Places To Play in 2009

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Ranking the Big Ten's Stadiums: The Toughest Places To Play in 2009

What exactly are we talking about when we rank "toughest stadiums to play in"?

The first thing that comes to mind for most would be: How has the stadium been viewed historically? But other factors are also just as important.

The sheer size of The Big House, Beaver Stadium, and Ohio Stadium can make opposing teams quiver. However, Beaver Stadium, for instance, isn't quite as intimidating when the sun is shining.

Does the quality of the team matter? Camp Randall is notoriously difficult, but last season the "jump around" session meant to intimidate only got opposing teams to join in on the fun.

Are the elements a significant factor? It is a lot tougher to play at Michigan Stadium in November than in September.

Then there are intangibles like: Is it a day game or night game? Are Fowler, Corso, Herbie, and Des camped out in front of the stadium?

Perhaps the most important question to ask: Which stadium would opposing teams least like to visit?

I have taken all of this into account and now present...The 'The Toughest Places To Play in 2009'

The picture above is an artist's rendering of the new TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The new home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers is a 50,000 seat, open-air, horseshoe style stadium. Since the stadium has yet to host its first game it will not be included in this list.

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