Power Ranking Every BCS College Football Stadium
Not all college football teams are created equal. And for that matter, neither are all college football stadiums.
While there are some very nice stadiums across the country that are home to non-BCS schools, the best of the bunch belong to those teams from BCS conferences.
When it comes to the best of the best, the SEC and Big Ten reign supreme.
But just who is at the top of the list?
Here is a ranking of all BCS college football stadiums, from No. 74 all the way to the top.
Let the debate begin.
*Notre Dame and BYU are included with the BCS teams.
No. 74 Lincoln Financial Field: Temple Owls
For most people, Lincoln Financial Field is more commonly known as the home of the Philadelphia Eagles. Well, it also plays host to the Temple Owls.
Built in 2003, this stadium is brand new as far as college fields are concerned.
It seats 68,532, but it obviously does not have that college feel that many of the other stadiums have. For that reason, it is at the bottom of the list, even though, as far as NFL atmospheres are concerned, it is at least near the middle of the pack.
No. 73 Memorial Stadium: Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas' Memorial Stadium is the first uniquely college stadium on the list and is also the first of a handful of college stadiums with the same name.
When it comes to age, this stadium is ancient as far as college football is concerned. It was originally built in 1921 and is large for its age, with a seating capacity of 50,071.
Similar to Duke, Kansas is a basketball school, and the football team clearly does not get the support from the fans that the basketball team does.
The stadium is located in a perfect college town, however.
No. 72 Wallace Wade Stadium: Duke Blue Devils
Next up is Wallace Wade Stadium. Similar to Kansas, Duke is a basketball school, and it shows here on game days.
The Blue Devils did have a successful 2012 campaign, and they are building a strong foundation.
The stadium was built in 1929 and is very old compared to a lot of other venues in the ACC.
Attendance may rise in 2013, but there is still a long way to go for Duke football to even become relevant in Durham.
No. 71 Alumni Stadium: Boston College Eagles
Boston College has a beautiful campus and an excellent atmosphere. That atmosphere, however, does not translate over to the football field.
Built in 1957, Alumni Stadium has a seating capacity of 44,500 people, and the Eagles have a decent following.
Lack of success on the football field in recent years has probably not helped, but either way, this stadium leaves something to be desired.
With new head coach Steve Addazio joining the fold, things might be on the rise beginning in 2013.
No. 70 Scott Stadium: Virginia Cavaliers
The ACC seemingly lags behind other major college conferences when it comes to football stadiums.
Virginia is no different. The stadium seats 61,500 people and is a little old. It was built in 1931, and the neighborhood around it is great.
The fans are not bad, but the stadium leaves something to be desired.
Simply put, there is nothing here that makes it stand out in the least.
No. 69 Faurot Field: Missouri Tigers
This is the first SEC stadium on the list, as the Tigers are a step below the rest of the league when it comes to stadium and atmosphere.
Faurot Field houses 68,349 people and has been around forever, originally opening up in 1926.
Everything here is just average when it comes to the food and experience.
No question that this is the easiest road atmosphere in the SEC for teams to deal with.
No. 68 Kenan Memorial Stadium: North Carolina Tar Heels
Similar to Duke and Kansas, North Carolina will always be a basketball school.
Kenan Memorial Stadium is relatively large, with a capacity of 60,000. It was originally built in 1927, making it one of the oldest stadiums in the country.
Everything here is just average, though. Although the Tar Heels have had some good football teams over the years, North Carolina will always be basketball first.
This is just another average ACC stadium.
No. 67 Ryan Field: Northwestern Wildcats
Ryan Field is the first school from the Big Ten on the list, but that does not mean it is a bad place to enjoy a Big Ten battle.
With that being said, the other schools in the league are just a cut above Northwestern, and it falls into a similar category as Missouri in the SEC.
It was built in 1926, which could have a little something to do with why it is so low on the list. With a seating capacity of 47,130, it is the smallest stadium in the conference as well.
The views are great, but the atmosphere here is just not the same as some other schools in the conference.
No. 66 Arizona Stadium: Arizona Wildcats
Arizona Stadium is known for being loud, and that it certainly is. As far as the actual stadium goes, though, it is average at best.
The stadium is extremely old and was originally built in 1928. It now has a seating capacity of 57,803, and if it was larger, it would be much higher on the list.
While it can get loud and the atmosphere is great, the place is too outdated to be ranked any higher. No doubt it is a step below the rest of the Pac-12, along with possibly Utah.
No. 65 Rice-Eccles Stadium: Utah Utes
Rice-Eccles Stadium was built in 1998, making it one of the newest college football stadiums in the country.
The view here is certainly worth a visit for those in the area, but there is not much else to warrant it being any higher on the list.
It holds 45,017, meaning it is on the smaller side when it comes to stadiums.
Everything here is middle of the line, but not up to the standards of other Pac-12 schools.
No. 64 Rentschler Field: Connecticut Huskies
With a seating capacity of 40,000, Rentschler Field is a mid-size field and is the second Big East field on the list.
It is extremely new, having just opened in 2003, as the Huskies made the jump to an FBS program shortly before that.
The fans here love the team, even though the area around the stadium has absolutely nothing to offer. A few more winning seasons, though, and this stadium, along with its fans, could be climbing up the list.
But for now, it is right where it belongs.
No. 63 Martin Stadium: Washington State Cougars
Martin Stadium is extremely small compared to a lot of other Pac-12 schools.
It only seats 35,117 and was built in 1972. The atmosphere here, especially when a Pac-12 rival comes to town, is excellent.
There is not much around the stadium, but once inside, there is no bad seat in the house. If it was a little bigger, there is no question that it might be a few spots higher on the list.
Now, if only the Cougars could put together a few wins.
No. 62 Reser Stadium: Oregon State Beavers
Like a lot of other stadiums out West, Reser Stadium offers some magnificent views that are hard to match almost anywhere else in the country.
This medium-sized stadium was built in 1953 and seats 45,674.
It offers an excellent home-field advantage for the Beavers. The atmosphere here is great, and it can get really loud when the Beavers are playing well.
A nice venue to take in a game.
No. 61 Carrier Dome: Syracuse Orange
The Carrier Dome is perhaps better known as the largest college basketball arena in the country. When it comes to football, it is much less known, but it's not a bad place to see a game.
With a seating capacity of 49,262, it is middle of the pack as far as ACC schools are concerned.
Built in 1980, this dome has an excellent atmosphere when the Orange are good. If they are not, it can seem a little empty at times.
Basketball is a completely different story, however.
No. 60 Davis Wade Stadium: Mississippi State Bulldogs
Davis Wade Stadium could be considered tiny when it comes to other SEC stadiums.
Built in 1914, it is one of the oldest stadiums out there, with a seating capacity of 55,082. It underwent major renovations about 10 years ago, and while it is still not up to par with some of the larger SEC stadiums, it is improving.
The unique thing about David Wade Stadium is the cowbells that constantly ring out. The atmosphere here is the best of any stadium so far on the list.
Still, it is just not in the upper tier as far as the SEC is concerned.
No. 59 Sun Life Stadium: Miami Hurricanes
Sun Life Stadium is probably more commonly known as the home of both the Miami Dolphins and also the Orange Bowl.
The Miami Hurricanes call this place home as well. It has been around since 1987 and seats 76,500.
The atmosphere here is average as best, and the stadium is kind of located in a not-so-great residential area.
Still, this is Miami, so the weather is nice and the place can get loud at times.
No. 58 High Point Solutions Stadium: Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers has come a long way over the past two decades, and it all started when this stadium was built in 1994.
It seats 52,454 and is bigger than a lot of other stadiums in the Big East. When the Scarlet Knights move to the Big Ten, that will no longer be the case.
The Rutgers campus is huge, and when the football team is good, this is an excellent place to watch a football game.
A game is not complete without the "R-U" chant ringing throughout.
No. 57 Commonwealth Stadium: Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky is certainly a basketball school, but it has a decent football stadium as well.
Built in 1973 with a capacity of 67,606, Commonwealth Stadium has played host to some major upsets.
It is not nearly as loud as the other SEC fields, but the people here love their Wildcats. Be prepared to endure a sea of blue when visiting Lexington.
With new head coach Mark Stoops in town, Kentucky might be headed in the right direction.
No. 56 Robertson Stadium: Houston Cougars
There is not a lot of seating here, as the stadium only holds 32,000. It is also starting to age a little bit. Built in 1942, it is now 70 years old.
There are, however, a lot of positives in Robertson Stadium.
The stadium is usually packed, and the fans can get very rowdy. A relaxing day at a football game is not possible here.
Things might even get a little better, as the Cougars will be entering their first season in the Big East beginning this year.
No. 55 Floyd Casey Stadium: Baylor Bears
Floyd Casey Stadium was built in 1950 with a seating capacity of 50,000.
Perhaps the best aspect about the older stadium is the fans. They fill up the place and bring quite an atmosphere to the stadium.
It has been renovated multiple times, as recently as 2004, and that is keeping it up to date and away from the bottom of this list. No question, though, that it is near the bottom of the Big 12 when it comes to overall stadium experience.
No. 54 Memorial Stadium: Illinois Fighting Illini
Memorial Stadium is another of those old facilities with bleacher seating. It was built in 1923 and seats 62,872.
The Fighting Illini have not been too good in recent years, but the stadium is usually packed with a sea of orange.
The surrounding area is great, but everything inside is average and on the lower end of the scale as far as the Big Ten goes.
No. 53 Raymond James Stadium: South Florida Bulls
Raymond James Stadium is an excellent place to watch an NFL game. As far as college goes, however, it is average.
Built in 1998 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this stadium is very new compared to other college fields. It seats 66,321, and there is not a bad seat in the house.
It also has an open feel to it so visitors can enjoy the nice Tampa weather.
Overall, not a bad place—just one with not as much of a college atmosphere as other stadiums.
Still, it is hard to beat a sunny fall day in South Florida.
No. 52 Heinz Field: Pittsburgh Panthers
Many people know Heinz Field as being the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but this new stadium also plays home to the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Located in downtown Pittsburgh and built in 2001, this stadium seats 65,050 people.
While it is always filled on Sundays, that is not the case every Saturday. Fans still do turn out to support their Panthers, though, particularly when they are winning.
With everything fully updated and not a bad seat in the house, this is a great place to watch any type of football game. The unique college atmosphere is missing, however, keeping Heinz Field just outside of the top 50 in the rankings.
No. 51 Gerald J. Ford Stadium: SMU Mustangs
A lot of new teams will get a chance to visit Gerald J. Ford Stadium this year, as the Mustangs are leaving Conference USA for the Big East.
This horseshoe shaped stadium was built in 2000 with a seating capacity of 32,000. One end of the stadium is completely open with a grassy area behind the end zone—something more commonly found at a high school venue.
The stadium is actually located right in downtown Dallas and has the atmosphere of a more eastern campus than those in the South.
One of the standout aspects of this stadium is the SMU band, known as the "Hub of SMU Spirit."
No. 50 BB&T Field: Wake Forest Demon Deacons
BB&T Field seems like it would be found at a school in a much smaller conference, but with Wake Forest being one of the smallest FBS school as far as student population is concerned, the field is very fitting.
There are not a lot of tiny stadiums in the country with an atmosphere quite like the 31,500-seat BB&T Stadium.
Despite being is small in size, with such an excellent atmosphere, it cracks the top 50 on the list.
Though it was built in 1968, all of the features of the stadium are updated, and it has a newer feel to it.
Certainly one of the more unique stadiums in the ACC.
No. 49 Bobby Dodd Stadium: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Bobby-Dodd Stadium in downtown Atlanta offers some amazing views of the city. In recent years, it has also featured a solid college football team.
Not many stadiums are older, as Bobby Dodd is entering its 100th season, having first opened in 1913.
The stadium seats 55,000 and has held up pretty good over the years.
When the Yellow Jackets are good, this place can get rather rowdy. And for big games, it is a great place to watch some college football.
No. 48 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium: Memphis Tigers
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium is best known for the bowl game held there every year. But this venue also plays home to the Memphis Tigers during the regular season.
Built in 1965, this oddly shaped stadium has a seating capacity of 62,380. It has stayed updated over the years, possibly because such a big bowl game is held there every year.
Everything is excellent, except not a lot of fans show up to root on their Tigers. With a little more support, this stadium could be much higher on the list.
No. 47 Vanderbilt Stadium: Vanderbilt Commodores
Not too far from Memphis, in Nashville, lies Vanderbilt Stadium. The home of the Commodores is not on par with the top SEC stadiums, but a nice home-field advantage is created here.
Vanderbilt Stadium is old and worn down. It was built in 1922 and is the smallest stadium in the SEC as far as seating capacity goes. Only 39,790 fans can fit inside the stadium.
But with the success the team has had in recent years, those fans are growing louder every season.
No. 46 Folsom Field: Colorado Buffaloes
The spectacular view here pretty much says it all, as Folsom Field offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of college football.
Located in the middle of the beautiful campus of Colorado, Folsom Stadium is one of the older facilities in the country, as it's been around since 1924.
It seats 53,750 and has gone through a few improvements and expansions over the years, allowing it to stay updated.
There are big-screen televisions on each end of the field—something a lot of stadiums do not have. A six-story press box has also been added recently.
Now, if only the team could start winning some games.
No. 45 West Virginia Field: West Virginia Mountaineers
There are not many college campuses with a louder bunch of fans than West Virginia. That is never more true than during Saturdays in the fall.
Morgantown is a great college town as well.
Even though the stadium only technically seats 60,000, there have been more than 70,000 at a home game on more than one occasion.
For the past 40 years, they have played John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" at every home game. The fans here are a little rowdier than most other places in the country as well.
While "loud" is one word to describe the fans, hostile may be an even better adjective. A trip here is certainly a unique experience for anyone.
No. 44 Sun Devil Stadium: Arizona State Sun Devils
Home to the Arizona State Sun Devils, Sun Devil Stadium is another picturesque venue. And it is a great place to enjoy a little party.
This stadium was built in 1958 and seats 73,379. It is great for any type of game, including NFL and college football, although it is currently only home to the Sun Devils.
The place can get loud, especially when the Sun Devil fans are involved. This is a great place for a college football game, no matter how good or bad Arizona State is.
No. 43 Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium: Oklahoma Sooners
For how good Oklahoma has seemingly always been, its stadium has never quite been at the same level of excellence.
There is a lot of history and tradition as far as this football program goes, and the program has an old stadium to go along with that history.
Originally built in 1925, the stadium now seats 82,112 people and it is always filled to capacity.
Tailgating here is some of the best in the country, with the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band leading fans into the stadium.
This is a true college football experience, but it's just not quite on par with the upper-echelon college football teams.
No. 42 California Memorial Stadium: California Golden Bears
Built in 1923, California Memorial Stadium seats 72,516 and is a type of a bowl stadium that can get loud during the big Pac-12 games.
It underwent some renovations before the start of the 2012 season in order to update the stadium.
The crowd here is never afraid to pack the stadium, and when California is good, this is one of the loudest venues in the conference.
No question that this is a great place to come and watch a college football game on a Saturday.
No. 41 Jack Trice Stadium: Iowa State Cyclones
Home to the Iowa State Cyclones, Jack Trice stadium is also the home of 55,000 fans every Saturday. And since 1975, it has been one of the more underrated stadiums in the country.
It is currently one of the best in the Big 12, making it a game-day experience that is definitely worth the trip. The hillside seating in all four corners is not found at many other places.
This is one of the prouder crowds in the country as well. The fans love to support their team.
Finally, the surrounding area is beautiful.
No. 40 LaVell Edwards Stadium: BYU Cougars
Everything here is slightly above average, but what helps LaVell Edwards Stadium stand out are the beautiful mountains surrounding it.
Built in 1964, it seats 64,045, and the fans can be heard screaming throughout the game.
The tickets here are also priced relatively cheap compared to many other stadiums, giving fans a good bang for their buck.
With the amount of talent BYU has coming back this season, there is no question that this place will be rocking all year long.
No. 39 Lane Stadium: Virginia Tech Hokies
Even though the stadium is not that large, it sort of seems like it is with the bleacher seating.
This 66,233-seat facility has more of an old-school feel to it, and that seems to fit Frank Beamer and his Virginia Tech squad rather well.
It was built in 1965. There are a few luxury press boxes that have since been added, but for the most part, this stadium is filled with loud fans sitting on bleachers.
The fans here always show up, no matter how good the Hokies are, and they are one of the loudest groups in the ACC.
No. 38 Boone Pickens Stadium: Oklahoma State Cowboys
Boone Pickens Stadium has been around since 1920 and was known as Lewis Field from 1913-1920. The capacity here is right at 60,000.
Over the past 10 years, there have been a lot of renovations that have this place up to date.
There is an extremely large student section, and they are known to hit the stadium walls with large sticks, creating quite a loud environment.
A lot of traditions take place here as well, from the O-S-U chant started by a gunshot from Pistol Pete to a wave every time the Cowboys score a touchdown.
Not many stadiums in the conference stand out more than this one.
No. 37 Williams-Brice Stadium: South Carolina Gamecocks
Williams-Brice Stadium is one of the larger stadiums in the country, with a seating capacity of 80,250. Built in 1934, it is also relatively old as far as stadiums are concerned.
While it is excellent to watch a game here, there is just something missing that keeps it out of the top tier of SEC stadiums.
There is a lot to experience here outside of the stadium before, during and after the game.
As one of the 20 largest stadiums in the country, this place can get a loud at various times throughout the game. And while it is not one of the top stadiums in the SEC, there's a lot here to enjoy on a Saturday afternoon.
No. 36 Amon Carter Stadium: TCU Horned Frogs
Amon Carter Stadium originally opened up in 1930 with only about 22,000 seats. It has since undergone numerous renovations and just underwent another before joining the Big 12 in 2012.
The stadium now holds 50,000. And with the Horned Frogs now taking on much better competition than in recent years, the fans are even better.
The atmosphere here continues to get better, and that will likely be the case for years to come.
No question that this stadium is in the upper half of the Big 12 as far as stadiums are concerned.
No. 35 Ross-Ade Stadium: Purdue Boilermakers
West Lafayette is a great college town with one of the oldest stadiums in the Big Ten.
Built in 1924, Ross-Ade Stadium seats 62,500 and is one of the smaller venues in the conference. Needless to say, though, it is still larger than most stadiums across the country.
The best place to start the game-day experience is at the Slayter Center, listening to the marching band.
Once inside, the plastic bleachers are very comfortable compared to the metal or wooden ones that most people are used to.
No doubt that this stadium is one of the more underappreciated in the Big Ten.
No. 34 Stanford Stadium: Stanford Cardinal
It is not common for teams to drop seating capacity, but that's exactly what Stanford did after the 2005 football season.
Unlike many other stadiums, the seating capacity here was dropped from over 85,000 to 50,000, removing lot of seats with obstructed views.
The campus is great, and the atmosphere here is unlike any other in the country.
Like a lot of other college football fields, Stanford Stadium is old, having been built in 1921. But as mentioned, it was completely redone in 2006.
The Stanford band is one of the highlights, as it puts on quite a halftime show and keeps the student section in it throughout.
No. 33 Bill Snyder Family Stadium: Kansas State Wildcats
This small college town loves all of its sports teams, but particularly its college football program.
It is one of those towns that comes together on Saturday to support its team.
Built in 1968, the stadium seats 52,200 people and is always jam-packed. There are not many venues in the Big 12 that are better. And when Kansas State is good, this is one of the more underrated places in the country.
The fan support here is excellent.
No. 32 Nippert Stadium: Cincinnati Bearcats
Affectionately known as "The Nip" by the locals in the Queen City, Nippert Stadium has been around forever and is a unique place to check out a college football game.
It is located right in the heart of the Cincinnati campus and has been an official football stadium since 1924, though it was built in 1901.
It only seats 35,097 and has one of the best atmospheres in the Big East. The old bleachers and student section behind the end zone help give Cincinnati quite a home-field advantage.
No. 31 Jones AT&T Stadium: Texas Tech Red Raiders
When this stadium was originally built in 1927, it only held slightly more than 27,000 people. Since then, a few renovations have taken place, and it now holds 60,454.
Generally speaking, they need all of those seats, as the stadium fills up for Big 12 games.
There are few places in the country with fans who support their team like they do here in Lubbock.
With a new coaching staff in place, the 2013 season should be very interesting.
No. 30 Byrd Stadium: Maryland Terrapins
The ACC is not known for having many terrific venues, but Byrd Stadium is one of the better ones.
Known as Capital One Field, it was built in 1950 with a capacity of 51,500. Located just a few minutes away from Washington D.C., this stadium is perfectly located.
On top of everything, it is a historic venue, as it has played host to the Royal Family
The fans here love to support their team by painting their faces red.
Head coach Randy Edsall is now trying to bring a few more wins to the program.
No. 29 Bright House Networks Stadium: Central Florida Knights
Central Florida is moving to the Big East beginning this season. It is not only one of the largest institutions in the nation, but it has an excellent new stadium for the student body and fans to enjoy games in.
Bright House Networks Stadium is new, having just opened in 2007, and it should be one of the best in the Big East this season.
The stadium seats 45,301 and has just about everything.
The fanbase here is growing, and it knows how to make some noise. Wait for the song "Zombie Nation" to be played, and be prepared to "bounce."
No. 28 TCF Bank Stadium: Minnesota Gophers
The Big Ten is filled with excellent stadiums, and TCF Bank Stadium is the first of many of those coming up on this list.
With a seating capacity of 50,805, it is one of the smallest in the conference. And with it being so far up north, this outdoor stadium can get a little chilly.
It is also one of the newest college football facilities. Built in 2009 and brand-spanking new, it is up to date and offers some of the best amenities in the conference.
Throw in a nice home-field advantage and the Gophers have something going on up north.
No. 27 Husky Stadium: Washington Huskies
Husky Stadium was built in 1920 and seats 72,500. There are not many stadiums that are as old or as unique as Husky Stadium.
The stands here are seemingly higher here than anywhere else in the country, and even though it is an open stadium, it is still one of the largest on-campus facilities in college football.
Be sure to visit The Zone before the game to party with the locals.
While there are stadiums with more of a football environment, there are very few that have an atmosphere quite like this one.
No. 26 Kinnick Stadium: Iowa Hawkeyes
This stadium is the first of the large Big Ten venues on the top 30 of the list. It has been around since 1929 and seats 70,585 people.
Be sure to get here before the Hawkeyes come out, as "Back in Black" from AC/DC plays when the home team enters the field.
The place can get very loud, with 10,000 students yelling and screaming.
There is also tailgating around the entire stadium. Come early and stay late, as this is one of the best places in the country to watch a college football game.
No. 25 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium: Louisville Cardinals
Papa John's Cardinal Stadium is the best the Big East has to offer, and a year from now, it will be one of the better venues in the ACC.
The 55,000-seat stadium almost always reaches capacity and is new as far as college stadiums go, having been built in 1998.
The inside of the stadium is excellent, and the surrounding area is even better. There is a lot to do in and around the stadium before the game.
There is no question that this is a team and a program on the rise.
No. 24 Carter-Finley Stadium: North Carolina State Wolfpack
This 60,000-seat stadium was built in 1966 and is quite possibly one of the top two or three stadiums in the ACC.
The atmosphere here is certainly one of the best in the conference. The crowd is constantly loud and rowdy before, during and after the game.
The Wolfpack have also sold out of season tickets here for nine straight years, making this one of the most difficult places to play in the ACC.
No. 23 Memorial Stadium: Indiana Hoosiers
Indiana will always be a basketball school. And while the Hoosiers have struggled mightily in recent years on the football field, that has had nothing to do with their excellent stadium.
Bloomington, Indiana, is a beautiful college campus, and Memorial Stadium is another of the amazing stadiums the Big Ten has to offer.
Built in 1960, it's now over 50 years old. It is smaller than many of the others as well, with a seating capacity of only 49,225.
Memorial Stadium is known as "The Rock" because of the large rock standing by itself on the newly renovated north end zone.
Even though the stadium does not always fill up, those who do come will not be disappointed, as the fans here are loud and proud Hoosiers.
No. 22 Neyland Stadium: Tennessee Volunteers
There are only two stadiums in the country that seat more people than Neyland Stadium. Outside of the Big Ten, it is the largest stadium in the country.
With a capacity of 102,037, this stadium was built in 1921. The atmosphere here is great, just not as loud as might be expected out of 100,000-plus fans. But be prepared to sing along to "Rocky Top," the fight song of the Volunteers.
There is beauty around the stadium on the banks of the Tennessee River as well.
New head coach Butch Jones will bring a wealth of enthusiasm to the program.
No. 21 Spartan Stadium: Michigan State Spartans
Spartan Stadium is old and large. It opened in 1923 and seats 75,005 fans, all of which are certain to be screaming throughout.
It actually looks larger than it is and is much louder than many people would imagine 75,000 people could be.
The marching band is excellent here and is one of the reasons why the atmosphere is so great. The student section is loud, and the bleacher seats are the typical metal that are not comfortable. But it doesn't really matter, because this is one of the best home-field advantages in the Big Ten.
No. 20 Doak Campbell Stadium: Florida State Seminoles
There are few things in college football more distinct and noticeable than the incessant Florida State Seminole chant.
Doak Campbell Stadium has been home to the Seminoles since it opened in 1950—and to that chant as well.
It seats 84,300 and is one of the top stadiums in the ACC.
Also known as Bobby Bowden Field, there are many highlights to a Saturday here in Tallahassee. Perhaps one of the highlights is when Chief Osceola rides out on Renegade before he throws a flaming spear into the middle of the field.
No. 19 Vaught-Hemingway Stadium: Ole Miss Rebels
Ole Miss may not be one of the best teams in the SEC, but its stadium is one of the better ones in the conference.
This stadium was built in 1915, making it one of the oldest in the country, and seats 60,850.
The experience all starts with tailgating on the Grove, a 10-acre stretch of tailgating heaven right outside the stadium.
Once inside, expect the fans to not only be loud, but show a little hatred toward the opposition. That is just how they do it in the SEC. They love their football, and the Ole Miss faithful are no different.
Now, with a lot of talent coming in, this is a program on the rise.
No. 18 Autzen Stadium Oregon Ducks
Oregon has quickly developed into a national college football power, and the team has a nice stadium to enjoy that success in.
Built in 1967 with a capacity of 54,000, this stadium is small compared to a lot of other big-name programs. But it can get close to 60,000 with standing room.
The stadium is beautiful and bowl-shaped, with seating that is mostly benches. The crowd here can get loud, especially during close games.
There is no doubt that this is one of the loudest stadiums in the country.
No. 17 Beaver Stadium: Penn State Nittany Lions
There are very few experiences like a night game at Penn State.
As the second-largest stadium in the country, Beaver Stadium is quite an experience.
The school loves to host "whiteouts," particularly for night games. And when 107,282 people are all dressed in white, it can certainly make a difference.
The stadium has been around since 1960. While the environment can be a little dull for some games against lower-level opponents, for a big-time conference game, this is one of the best venues in the Big Ten.
No. 16 Kyle Field: Texas A&M Aggies
With a seating capacity of 83,002, Kyle Field will be one of the best stadiums in the SEC next season and one of the top 20 in the country.
Built in 1927, this is one of the older stadiums in the conference, and it is famous for being known as the "12th Man."
It is the 13th-largest stadium in NCAA football, and the fans know how to make some noise. The atmosphere here may just be the best in the country, and the Aggies will be hard to beat here in 2013.
No. 15 Rose Bowl: UCLA Bruins
Located in Pasadena, California, the Rose Bowl is not only home to perhaps the most storied bowl of all time, it is also home to the UCLA Bruins.
The stadium opened its doors in 1922 and seats 91,136 people.
Depending on the day, this place can get loud for the right game. There are plenty of chants going around the stadium, including the "U-C-L-A" chant that can be heard during the game.
The band and student section are also entertaining throughout.
No. 14 Tiger Stadium: LSU Tigers
Known as "Death Valley" because of how loud it can get, Tiger Stadium has been around since 1924 and is home to 92,400 screaming fans.
As far as the atmosphere during the game, there are few places better than Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.
The game seems like one big party from start to finish. Fans yell and scream throughout without a care in the world, except for what's happening on the field.
This may not be the overall best college football stadium, but it is as loud as they come.
Night games here are up there with the best environments in the country.
No. 13 Camp Randall Stadium: Wisconsin Badgers
Camp Randall Stadium has been around since 1917 and is one of the best venues in the Big Ten. It seats 80,321 and is always jam-packed. The student sections here are loud, and the band is also outstanding.
There are a lot of traditions at Camp Randall Stadium and so much history that has happened over the past 95 years.
The best tradition of them all, and perhaps the most unique in all of college football, is "Jump Around." It is played after the third quarter of every game and is the perfect way to get the crowd pumped up before the final 15 minutes.
Stay after the game to enjoy the fifth quarter as well.
No. 12 Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium: Texas Longhorns
The Texas Longhorns have the sixth-largest stadium in college football with a capacity of 100,119. It was built in 1924 and has undergone many renovations over the years.
Texas has been dominant at home since the stadium opened and has won nearly 80 percent of its home games during that time.
There is so much tradition and history at Texas that going to a game is certain to give just about anybody chills.
Bevo, the team's mascot, is a mainstay here and is as well-known as just about anybody in the state of Texas.
No question that this stadium is the class of the Big 12.
No. 11 Los Angeles Memorial Colesium: USC Trojans
Even though the city of Los Angeles is more of a professional sports city than a college town, that does not stop over 90,000 fans from consistently filling the Coliseum on Saturday afternoons in the fall.
With a seating capacity of 93,607, the fans in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum love to support their USC Trojans.
Having originally opened in 1923, the Coliseum is located near downtown Los Angeles. Its atmosphere is not as good as some of the big-name schools from the Big Ten and SEC, but it's still is the best place to watch a college football game on the West Coast.
No. 10 Memorial Stadium: Nebraska Cornhuskers
There is nothing like that sea of red at Memorial Stadium on a Saturday afternoon in Lincoln.
This 81,067-seat facility is nearly 100 years old and was built in 1923. The stadium has continued to grow due to upgrades.
Be sure to arrive early, because what goes on outside the stadium before the game is spectacular. There are people all over tailgating in the parking lots.
Once inside, the stadium is so big that the press box is six stories up from the field.
This place is loud from start to finish, and it cracks the top 10 on the list.
No. 9 Jordan-Hare Stadium: Auburn Tigers
Not many cities love their team and college like those in Auburn, Alabama.
The Tigers also have an excellent stadium for their fans to cheer them on in. Jordan-Hare Stadium seats 87,451 and was built in 1939. The fans here are known to be some of the nicest in the country, and the atmosphere here is unbelievable.
The passion of the fans gives the Tigers one of the best home-field advantages in the nation.
Now, if they could just string some wins together in 2013.
No. 8 Ohio Stadium: Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio Stadium is the fourth-largest in the country with a capacity of 102,329.
The scarlet and gray-clad fans always sell out the place. Even with multiple levels and the feeling of being crammed in, there is nothing like this place on a Saturday afternoon in the fall.
Chants of "O-H-I-O" can be heard throughout the game, with each side of the stadium taking on a letter.
Be sure to stay after the game for the playing of "Carmen Ohio," the Buckeyes' alma mater.
The band is also without question the best in the nation.
Did we mention how loud this place can get?
No. 7 Sanford Stadium: Georgia Bullogs
Home to 92,746 fans on a Saturday afternoon, Sanford Stadium has been the home of the Bulldogs since 1929. The student section is 10,000 strong every game, creating one of the most unique atmospheres in college football.
Georgia has had some good teams over the years, and when it has those teams, this place is even louder.
"Between the Hedges" is what they call games here, and beating Georgia at home is not an easy task for any SEC team.
No. 6 Donald W. Reynolds Stadium: Arkansas Razorbacks
This venue is not quite as big as some of the other mammoth SEC stadiums, but the 76,000-seat facility has a lot to offer.
Built in 1938, Razorback Stadium has been known to get so loud that the place literally shakes on big plays.
It nearly cracks the top five on the list and is one of the top stadiums in the SEC. There is so much energy here, and the crowd seemingly never stops to take a breath during the entire game.
For a loud and crazy stadium experience, this is the place to go.
No. 5 Notre Dame Stadium: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
South Bend, Indiana, has always been a college football town, and located right at the heart of that town is Notre Dame Stadium.
Home to 80,795 screaming fans, this stadium has been around since 1930. It has seen some of the greatest players and teams take the field here every Saturday.
There is more tradition here than anywhere else in the country, and the stadium has a classic feel to it, unlike anywhere else in college football.
Touchdown Jesus is a trademark statue that helps to set this place apart from the rest.
No. 4 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium: Florida Gators
"The Swamp" has been home to the Gators since 1930. It seats 88,548 people and offers a college football experience that few other places do.
Many people consider it to be one of the toughest places in college football to play. The intimidation starts with the video board before the game even begins and continues throughout, as The Swamp can get rather loud on Saturdays.
No. 3 Memorial Stadium: Clemson Tigers
Known nationwide as "Death Valley," this venue is one of the best places in the country to enjoy a college football game. It seats 80,301 and was built in 1942.
The stadium is filled with orange during games, as the crowd loves to support their Tigers. There are not many fans in the country that are more passionate about their team than this group.
When Clemson is playing well and the game is going good, the noise in here is as loud as it gets in college football.
Certainly one of the best stadiums in the country and very underrated at that.
No. 2 Michigan Stadium: Michigan Wolverines
This stadium is known by everyone simply as "The Big House," and that it is. The largest stadium in the country, "The Big House" seats 109,901 when at full capacity. It has been around since 1927.
The Wolverines are one of the most storied programs in college football history, and there is unparalleled support from the fanbase.
The marching band kicks everything off here about 20 minutes before kickoff. Clapping to "Hail to the Victors" is another tradition that is certain to take place during a game.
The scoreboards on each end of the field are 85 feet long, and even though nearly 110,000 fans pack in every Saturday, there is not a bad seat in the house.
No. 1 Bryant-Denny Stadium: Alabama Crimson Tide
Topping the list is Bryant-Denny Stadium, home of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
It is the fifth-largest stadium in the country with a seating capacity of 101,821 people.
It was constructed originally in 1921, with room for only 12,000 fans. Needless to say, they have since made a few additions to the place.
Tailgating here is a must, as motorhomes can seemingly be seen for miles around the stadium.
The team makes the "Walk of the Champions" before the game. The crowd is screaming and yelling throughout, giving the Crimson Tide the biggest home-field advantage in the SEC and possibly the entire country.
National championships certainly do not hurt either.