Athlon Sports gives Ohio Stadium top spot in Big Ten Rankings

Athlon Sports ranked the stadiums in the Big Ten, and the pride of Columbus, Ohio came out on top.

“There is little doubt that the Horseshoe is the Big Ten’s best place to watch a game. A great nickname, awesome traditions, tremendous fan support and commitment, elite level of success, High Street and the Banks of the Olentangy make Ohio Stadium a bucket list destination for fans of every team. And with a brand new video board, audio system and LED lighting, Ohio State boasts one of the top college football venues in the nation. Watching the “Dotting of the I” before a Buckeyes game is something all college fans should experience. Finishing No. 2 in average attendance doesn’t hurt either.”

Ohio Stadium was followed by Beaver Stadium (Penn State), Memorial Stadium (Nebraska), Camp Randall (Wisconsin) and Michigan Stadium.

Personally, I believe Camp Randall should be second, but not by that wide a margin as to shout about it.

The publication also released the preseason all-conference teams. The Buckeyes were well represented:

First Team Offense

QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State

C Corey Linsley, Ohio State

OG Andrew Norwell, Ohio State

OT Jack Mewhort, Ohio State

First-Team Defense

DE Noah Spence, Ohio State

LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State

Second-Team Offense

RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

Second-Team Defense

DE Adolphus Washington, Ohio State

S C.J. Barnett, Ohio State

S Christian Bryant, Ohio State

Third-Team Offense

WR Corey Brown, Ohio State

Third-Team Specialists

PR Jordan Hall, Ohio State

In all, 13 Buckeyes were named. Ohio State had more total players named (13) than any other school, and the most on the first team (7). Athlon is putting a lot of faith in second year defensive linemen Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington.


  • TSR3000

    The horseshoe would be fine if it weren’t filled with a bunch of classless buffoons.


  • Mitchell Joseph

    I was lucky enough to see games at four of the top five stadiums in the last year (haven’t made it to Nebraska) and would rank them a little differently. I’m a huge Buckeyes fan but Camp Randall has to be tops for me. The combination of “Jump Around” at the beginning of the fourth quarter and how cool the town of Madison is can’t be replicated by any of the others. The Shoe and Beaver tied for second (being a dot of OSU scarlet in a PSU whiteout was quite an experience). The Big House is just that, big. Didn’t have any real character or defining characteristics outside of its sheer immensity.

  • mgbode

    here’s how I like the Big House:

  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Can’t we all just get along?


    This is something I can get behind!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I could understand this there were quite a few times last year where you could hear a pin drop at the horseshoe.

  • mgbode

    do the numbers represent the expected BCS rankings this year?

  • Garry_Owen

    “Athlon Sports gives Ohio Stadium top spot in Big Ten Rankings”

  • Garry_Owen

    Not just this year . . .

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Dude let me tell ya when I saw that photo above the first thing I thought of was, “How’d they know my IQ?” The second was, “I bet that’s some kind of subliminal message!” 😉

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    What #s?

  • maxfnmloans

    Yup, not one Ohio State fan worried about their personal safety. Pretty much says it all

    164 days!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Clearly the gals are distracting from all of the upticks! Now I know how LeBron felt playing for the Cavaliers. At least he got paid.

  • mgbode

    hard to worry about personal safety when you outnumber the home team.

  • maxfnmloans

    I blame Bill Martin. But whatever, it all worked out in the end. Hoke uber alles!