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Which school has the best homefield advantage?

Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:09 pm
 


Posted by Tom Fornelli


Every summer many college football fan's anticipate the release of Phil Steele's annual preview magazine as much as they do the college football season itself. If you're unfamiliar with Phil Steele, he's a man that enjoys doing three things: watching college football, doing math and writing about college football and the math he's done. It was these three hobbies of Steele's that helped him figure out which school has the best homefield advantage in the country.

Using a number of different factors including stadium capacity, attendance and home records, Steele was able to determine which schools have the biggest edge at their place, and it turns out that three schools are tied atop the rankings. None of which will come as that big of a surprise.

According to Steele, the three teams with the best homefield advantage in the country are Oklahoma, Oregon and Boise State. Those schools are followed by Ohio State and Virginia Tech to round out the top five. Eastern Michigan can lay claim to the worst homefield advantage in the country.

Now, while Steele's formula for figuring all of this out -- you can read all about it and see the entire list of rankings here -- is solid, I do have a small problem with it. He breaks every category down into a rating between 0 and 6. Which leads to a lot of ties in the final rankings. Personally, if I were going to do something similar, I would break the ratings down from 0 to 10. I'm sure there would be some ties, but not nearly as many as Steele currently has.

Though don't expect me to sit down and do it myself. I don't hate math, but I'm not looking to spend all of my time with it either. 
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Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Which school has the best homefield advantage?

<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; color: #333333;">When you can get 94,000 SOUTHERNERS to burn a CONFEDERATE FLAG, that's saying something.

Dude that is hilarious!  And damn true!



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 2:56 pm
 

Which school has the best homefield advantage?

Oreduks said:Oregon hasent watered down the turf in 20yrs... Ive been going to every Oregon home fb game since 1980.. Sheeeeesh. When were you at a game?? Croud noise.. Come on Ive been in Husky stadium even when Don James coached.. They are NO louder with 72K then our 59K now. I know Im there every yr.

Hmmm, don't know what to tell you, Duks... as I have gone to three games since 1990, and each time they have watered the artificial turf.  The first game I saw when this happened was against BYU with Ty Detmer, and the guys (all Oregon grads) who invited me to that game made a big deal over the fact.  I've noticed it ever since.   Ty Detmer and his team slid all over the field the entire day.

I have a buddy from USC who confirms this tactic, saying that the Ducks have done that continuously at Autzen for years.  Hey, I'm not complaining, just observing.  Personally, I think that kind of thing is fair game, and totally rocks.

Insofar as crowd noise goes, Autzen does get very loud.  Just saying, Tiger Stadium on a fall Saturday night is magical. 



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Which school has the best homefield advantage?

Regarding Oregon's home field... I've been to games there where, on a *perfectly sunny day* they have watered down the *artificial turf* and the team then comes out with special cleats on (courtesy of NIKE) while the visiting team looks like they are on a "Slip and Slide."  Now THERE'S a home field advantage, for sure.  I wouldn't say their crowd is so intimidating, though, compared to say, LSU or the Ohio State's.


Weird if NIKE supplies top secret shoes for slick turf then why didn't do it for the NAtional Championship game which was a nightmare.

I've been to both LSU and Oregon and if your level of intimidation comes from the size of the stadium and thier crowd then yes LSU wins. I think that when your talking noise its comparable. I don't know with my focus on the game I personally would worry to much about the size but rather how much the noise affected my ability to communicate.



Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 5:40 pm
 

Which school has the best homefield advantage?

Oregon hasent watered down the turf in 20yrs... Ive been going to every Oregon home fb game since 1980.. Sheeeeesh. When were you at a game?? Croud noise.. Come on Ive been in Husky stadium even when Don James coached.. They are NO louder with 72K then our 59K now. I know Im there every yr.



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Which school has the best homefield advantage?

When I was at LSU (and I grew up in BTR), the students were allowed to come into Tiger Stadium  to jostle for seats at around 2 pm for a 7 pm night game.  The students (and everybody, for that matter) would sneak booze in, and by the start of the game, the fais do-do would be in full swing.  

During the Ole Miss game (LSU's biggest rival) in Baton Rouge,  LSU fans would regularly set confederate flags (Ole Miss' traditional symbol, for the Rebels) *on fire* and wave 'em in the stadium, chanting "Go to Hell, Ole Miss, Go to Hell."  Made for quite the spectacular night-time show.  When you can get 94,000 SOUTHERNERS to burn a CONFEDERATE FLAG, that's saying something.

;) 



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Which school has the best homefield advantage?

There's a huge statistical bias built into Steele's way of calculating this, as he rewards teams that are very good already, who schedule home games with weak teams.  For instance this year, although BYU's *away* schedule is very tough, their *home* schedule is full of creampuffs, with Utah and UCF being the only really good teams at home.  When a great team comes into your home field and BEATS you, you will drop rather quickly in this method of ranking...

The better way (albeit more difficult, for sure) is to calculate how many points your home field gives you as against a theoretically neutral field.  

Regarding Oregon's home field... I've been to games there where, on a *perfectly sunny day* they have watered down the *artificial turf* and the team then comes out with special cleats on (courtesy of NIKE) while the visiting team looks like they are on a "Slip and Slide."  Now THERE'S a home field advantage, for sure.  I wouldn't say their crowd is so intimidating, though, compared to say, LSU or the Ohio State's.

 



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Which school has the best homefield advantage?

I'm sorry, I think Bear Bryant said it best, " "Tiger Stadium happens to be the worst place in the world for a visiting team. It's like being inside a drum." Pretty sure Bear Bryant wouldn't be intimadated playing Boise St. or Oregon.  The LSU fans prefer to play at night... where they can eat, drink and party all day and be primed for the kick-off @ 7:30.  There is no other place like "Death Valley".  If you have never been, you cannot imagine how intimadating that place can be.  I'm sorry, a daytime crowd at the Horse shoe @ 12:00 in the afternoon, pales in comparison to 95,000 intoxicated Cajuns!!  Not to mention that the SEC has the most talent in CFB... where 5 different teams have won 7 of 13 of the BCS NCG's and no other Conference has won more than 2!  The SEC has the Best teams (7 of 13), the Best players (check Rivals or any other Recruiting service), the Best Coaches (SEC dominate NCAA championships) and the BEST Fans of any other Conference in CFB!!!  Please...



Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Which school has the best homefield advantage?

Boise St. - smurf turf, 'nuff said.




Since: Jun 25, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 2:16 pm
 

Which school has the best homefield advantage?

Steele has an old capacity # for Alabama. The 101,821 is the new capacity for Bryant-Denny stadium.


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