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BOZICH BLOG: Dr. Bo's 50 Stadium Tour -- the Middle 30

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Rick Bozich ranked the 50 college football stadiums where he has covered events. Places 11-40 are ranked here. Rick Bozich ranked the 50 college football stadiums where he has covered events. Places 11-40 are ranked here.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – I've covered events in 50 college football stadiums. Before I make it to Number 51, I decided it was time to rank the first 50.

Last week, I posted the Bottom 10 at Today, I gave you my top 10, also at

I don't want to forget the middle 30. I worked too hard to get to all of them. Here goes:

40.  Ross-Ade Stadium (Purdue) – Funny what a sexier place it was when Bob Griese, Jim Everett and Drew Brees were throwing spirals.

39.  Orange Bowl (Miami) – I'm sorry. I really am. I went there in 2004 with the University of Louisville convinced I was going to fall in love. Didn't happen. I was happy to leave without getting mugged. There's a reason the place has been dismantled.

38.  Bill Snyder Family Stadium (Kansas State) – You won't get mugged in this Manhattan. You could, however, die of boredom. Just another stadium. 

37. Superdome (Tulane) – The last time I covered a football game there, the crowd was so sparse I could hear what the coaches were yelling to players from the third-level press box – and 90 percent of crowd was there to cheer for Stefan LeFors.  Plus, I came face to face with a rat there during the Final Four last spring.

36. Oklahoma Memorial Stadium  (Oklahoma) – I remember two things from my trip to Norman when Kentucky visited in 1980. Barry Switzer let his players run their plays backwards the day before the game. They called it "Instant Replay," Fridays. Switzer did his post-game media conference at a hotel not far from the stadium, fetching a few beverages on his way out the door.

35. M. M. Roberts Stadium (Southern Miss) – I've been home nearly two weeks – and I just dried out from my trip to Hattiesburg. Excellent hospitality, plenty of tailgating. Just strange to see all the luxury seats tucked in one end zone.

34-31. (Alphabetical order) Commonwealth Stadium (Kentucky); Memorial Stadium (Indiana); Papa John's Cardinal Stadium (Louisville); Smith-Houchens Stadium (Western Kentucky) – You folks can sort this group out. I get enough angry e-mails. 

30.   Raymond James Stadium (USF) – I'm generally not a fan of teams playing second fiddle in NFL stadiums, but the pirate ship is a nice touch in Tampa.

29.   High Point Solution Stadium (Rutgers) – The Scarlet Knights have put $102 million into the place – and it shows.

28.  Legion Field (UAB) – I made my visit when Bear Bryant was coaching Alabama in 1980, not to see UAB. I still remember seeing The Bear leaning against a goal post, wearing the houndstooth cap before the game. You never forget that.

27.  Beaver Stadium (Penn State) – Fly to Harrisburg and then drive on narrow, twisting roads in the worst traffic I can remember. No thanks. Mammoth facility packed with students wearing white T-shirts. Pretty vanilla.

26. Ryan Field Stadium (Northwestern) – It's cold. It's old. It sits in a great neighborhood. It's in the Chicago area. Works for me.

25. Williams-Brice Stadium (South Carolina) – It's warm. It's renovated. It's massive. I'm not sure it belongs this high, but the Gamecocks are very proud of the way their home has grown from about 17,000 to more than 80,000.  

24. Spartan Stadium (Michigan State) – Nothing terrible, nothing terrific. I give it extra credit because it was the site of the unforgettable tie game between MSU and Notre Dame in 1966. If you watched it, you remember Coley O'Brien.

23. Reser Stadium (Oregon State) – Leads the league in quirks. Opposing team dresses in the basement of the basketball arena across the street from the stadium. I've never seen more orange. But I've got to confess: best press parking on the list. Yes, I'm shallow that way.

22. Razorback Stadium (Arkansas) – Loud, colorful, great replay boards. I'm taking another look Saturday. 

21. Stanford Stadium (Stanford) – My trip was for a Super Bowl, but I could sense that John Elway, Jim Plunkett and others played there.

20. Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati) – It's a bit undersized, but that explains the charm. I love it that Nippert sits in the middle of campus.

19. Scott Stadium (Virginia) – Another trip during the Schnellenberger Era at U of L. Bonus points for The Lawn on the UVa campus as well as the open-air press box.

18. Amon G. Carter Stadium (TCU) – I'm disappointed the Horned Frogs didn't follow through on their move to the Big East because their fans embrace the game and the renovated stadium delivers a nice blend of history and amenities. Plus, you have to love the name of the tailgating area – Frog Alley.

17. Sun Devil Stadium (Arizona State) – Impossible to criticize the sight lines, the climate or the list of unforgettable Fiesta Bowls that have been played there, including U of L 34, Alabama 7 a highlight of the Howard Schnellenberger Era.

16. Memorial Coliseum (USC) – I don't have time to list all the famous guys who have played there. Just run the videos of the USC-Notre Dame series. 

15. Texas Memorial Stadium (Texas) -- Schnellenberger took Louisville here, too. Too bad non-conference scheduling isn't as dynamic as it used to be. No more trips to Austin.

14. Neyland Stadium (Tennessee) – Other than Candlestick Park during the 1989 earthquake, the only other stadium I've felt shake was this one – when everybody in Orange stood and roared. Schnellenberger played there.

13. Ohio Stadium (Ohio State)  -- Very loud, very large, very scarlet and gray. I've heard that you don't want to miss the band. Schnellenberger played there, too. 

12. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Florida) – Pictures of the original stadium are hanging in the press box at The Swamp. My, how you have grown. The Gator chomp makes opposing players snap on their chinstraps. Did Schnellenberger play there? What do you think?

11. Doak Campbell Stadium (Florida State) – The only place where you'll see more pyrotechnics is Thunder Over Louisville. Schnellenberger? Yes.

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