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ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 17: Fans attend the game between Eastern Michigan University Eagles and the University of Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)While pretty much every team in the country gets some kind of a boost playing at home, only a select few have home venues that are truly intimidating for opponents.So without further ado, here are the hardest places to play in college football this upcoming season.With Willie Taggart taking over the reins and plenty of talent still in the fold, the buzz is back in Tallahassee.Florida State won’t be a preseason top 5 team this year, but the ‘Noles could still contend for the ACC title.The Fighting Illini mostly haven't had the teams to match the history of the place, but it's capable of being a better venue than given credit for, at least when the team offers something to be excited about.Starkville, Miss.; 61,337 The second-oldest FBS stadium was established in 1914, making it 103 years old.Capacity: 109,901Big home games in 2018: Nebraska, Wisconsin, Penn State The Wolverines boast the largest stadium in college football, appropriately known as the “Big House.” When the Maize and Blue are playing well, we pity any team that has to go in and play them.Ohio State and Michigan State have had recent success in Ann Arbor, which is a sore spot for Michigan fans.
The location of the stadium can't match Annapolis or West Point, but combine the distinctive stadium design with the presence of the academy, and it's a bucket list venue.
Fort Collins, Colo.; 41,000 College football's newest stadium, with a 0 million price tag that produced an impressive new venue that looks Power Five-ready, even if Colorado State is still in the Mountain West. Va.; 60,000 It's fairly nondescript when empty, but it fosters a charged-up atmosphere, particularly for night games, and 60,000 fans singing "Country Roads" can be an impressive experience.
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The Wolverines play at their two biggest rivals in 2018 (they’re on the road against Notre Dame too) but have a trio of really nice home matchups in Nebraska, Wisconsin and Penn State.
Capacity: 82,300Big home games in 2018: Virginia Tech, Clemson, Florida“The Doak” took a step back in 2017 as the Seminoles faltered to a 6-6 regular season record.That Labor Day opener against Virginia Tech will turn Doak Campbell Stadium into a madhouse, and late-season tussles with Clemson and Florida will also be must-see TV.