College football’s toughest places to play for 2019, from Death Valley (again) to the Horseshoe

first_imgMORE: College sports’ best football/basketball coaching duosThe truth is it’s a subjective question with more than one good answer. Sporting News, using stats from TeamRankings.com, looked at some of the toughest places to play in 2019, and we have several different categories to pick from.A closer look:Overall: Bryant-Denny Stadium (Alabama) By every metric, it’s just hard to win there. Alabama is 59-4 at home since 2010 and hasn’t lost a home game since 2015, against Ole Miss. There’s a reason why Alabama coach Nick Saban admonishes students who don’t stay for games: He wants to make it even tougher for opponents to win. The Tide were one of 17 FBS teams to go undefeated at home last season, and they did it by winning by an average of 33 points per game. Alabama beat Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Auburn by an average of 25.7 points per game.Last two years: Samford Stadium (Georgia)  The Bulldogs have not lost a home game the last two seasons, though it could be argued they haven’t faced that big a test. In fact, Mississippi State is the only ranked team that has faced Georgia at home. That will be tested this year with a schedule that includes visits from Notre Dame, South Carolina and Texas A&M.Last four years: Memorial Stadium (Clemson)  Clemson has all the same metrics as Alabama the last four years. The Tigers have an identical 27-1 record at home under Dabo Swinney, and a 5-0 record against ranked teams with nonconference victories against Notre Dame and Auburn. Texas A&M will be the next big visitor this season. The pageantry by Howard’s Rock before games hasn’t lost its charm.Since 2010: Ohio Stadium (Ohio State)  The Buckeyes have an FBS-best 60 wins at home since 2010, and that comes with just five losses. Baker Mayfield-led Oklahoma is the only team to walk into The Shoe and win the last two seasons. Urban Meyer lost one Big Ten game at home since 2012 — a shocking upset against Michigan State in 2015. These are the standards first-year coach Ryan Day will have to uphold.Last 15 years: Albertsons Stadium (Boise State)  When the Broncos say they don’t lose on “The Blue,” they mean it. Boise State is 89-8 at home over the last 15 seasons, and they have lost just five home games under coach Bryan Harsin. They lead FBS football with a 91.8 win percentage in that timeframe.MORE: College football’s best programs this decadeAs Power 5 home favorite: Bill Snyder Family Stadium (Kansas State)Three Power 5 schools have one home loss as the favored team the last five years. You already knew Alabama and Clemson. You might not have known about Kansas State. Imagine how first-year coach Chris Klieman can use that to his advantage once the Wildcats are rolling again.As Group of 5 home favorite: Maverik Stadium (Utah State)The Aggies are 21-0 at home as a home favorite the last five years, but it will be interesting to monitor how that changes with the coaching change from Matt Wells to Gary Andersen.As Power 5 home underdog: Sun Devil Stadium (Arizona State)It’s all about that heat. The Sun Devils have an 8-6 record as the underdog at home the last five years; tied for the most wins among Power 5 schools with Virginia (8-9). Herm Edwards will continue to build on that.As Group of 5 home underdog: Falcon Stadium (Air Force)Playing against an Academy School is tough. Playing against that school in their house when they are an underdog isn’t any easier. The Falcons are 6-2 as a home underdog since 2014.MORE: SN’s prediction for Playoff, bowl gamesConference game: Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Oklahoma)It’s the same answer as last year. Oklahoma has lost just one Big 12 game at home the last four seasons — against Iowa State in 2017 — and that includes a 5-0 record against ranked teams. Texas never visits Norman due to the neutral site nature of that rivalry, but every other Big 12 team has. Not one of them has come away from unscathed.At night, Part I: Tiger Stadium (LSU)  The stands are always shaking when LSU plays at home at night, even if the last big game was a 29-0 loss to No. 1 Alabama. Still, the reputation alone for an unmatched atmosphere keeps the Tigers on this list.  At night, Part II: Beaver Stadium (Penn State)  You can’t mention Tiger Stadium at Night and not have a sidebar about the “White Out” at Penn State, though the last one featured a heart-breaking loss against Ohio State. There aren’t many better settings in college football.One Power 5 to watch in 2019: Michigan Stadium (Michigan)  The Wolverines have the sixth-best record among Power 5 schools at home, boasting 24-4 record since Jim Harbaugh took over in 2015. Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State and Oklahoma — all schools mentioned above — are the only ones that have been better in that stretch. The problem is those four losses came two times each to Michigan State and Ohio State. The Spartans, Buckeyes and Notre Dame all visit the Big House this year. It’s a big home schedule for Michigan.One Group of 5 to watch in 2019: Spectrum Stadium (UCF)UAB is the only other Group of 5 school that is undefeated at home the last two seasons, but the Knights have got a lot more publicity. UCF is 15-0 at home as part of a two-year unbeaten streak in the regular season. They will put that on the line against Stanford, Houston and South Florida this season. MORE: Ranking college football coaches 1-130 for 2019 seasonUnder 80K: Husky Stadium (Washington) Washington is 19-1 the last three seasons and has re-established its Pac-12 power. With that, the reputation for going to Husky Stadium will continue to increase. Chris Petersen did the same thing at Boise State.Between 80-100K: Jordan-Hare Stadium (Auburn) The configuration puts fans at eye level with the players, and despite home losses to LSU and Tennessee last year we’re sticking with this answer. Auburn is 4-1 against ranked teams at home the last two years, including wins against Alabama and Georgia. The Tide and Bulldogs visit Jordan-Hare in November. What’s the toughest venue in college football? That’s a question that’s almost impossible to put a true measurement on. You can go by the wins and losses. You can go by the size of the stadium. You can go by the atmosphere or by time of day (or in most cases, time of night).last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY DUO ROISIN BOYLE AND EVELYN MCGINLEY STAR FOR DONEGAL U21’S

first_imgCloughaneely GAA News:***Seniors/Reserves***Tá Cloich Cheannfhaola ag imirt in éadan Naomh Columba i bPáirc Naomh Fionán ar an Domhnach seo ar 1:30 agus 3:00. Tá coimhlint mhór ag barr na dtáblaí agus tá na pointí de dhíth go géar ar dhá fhoireann Chloich Cheannfhaola. Tá súil againn go mbeidh scaifte mór i láthair Dé Domhnaigh le tacaíocht a thabhairt don dá fhoireann.Our reserves and seniors play their next league game at home this Sunday at 1:30 and 3:00 pm against Naomh Columba, who they narrowly defeated away from home. Having lost their last home game to Naomh Muire, the seniors will be looking to gain momentum again to secure a win to ensure they remain near the top of, what is a neck and neck, league table. The reserves, who are currently top of their table, will need to ensure a win also in order to retain their top position. Please come out and support both teams this Sunday!***Reminder: Parking Restrictions During Games****During senior/reserve home games no cars at all will be permitted entry to the pitch grounds once the reserve game has begun – the main gates will close at this point. Patrons can park along the main road outside of the pitch grounds. There will also be no parking permitted along the road which runs adjacent to the club house – this is a private road and only residents will be permitted access along that road. We also ask all patrons to be vigilant when walking/driving through the pitch car park as there is a lot of moving traffic around on match days and lot of children around the grounds.***Donegal Tickets***Any club member wishing to order Tickets for the Donegal V Derry Ulster Semi-Final on Saturday June 27th, please contact Martin on 086-3119186. This is a double header with minors at 5:15 and Seniors at 7:00. Our own clubman Jason McGee is part of the minor squad so please be there on time to support the minors too!! ***Leftover Paint Needed!***The club are looking to gather tins of leftover white or magnolia paint. If anyone has any it would be much appreciated if they would contact Martin on 086-3119186 and arrange to have them delivered to the club house!***U-12/U-14 Boys***The U-12’s are down to their last 2 league games, both of which are home games. They play Fanad Gaels on Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30 and Termon on Wednesday July 1st!The next league game for the U-14’s is a home game against Gaoth Dobhair on Monday June 22nd at 7:30 PM! Please keep an eye on the club facebook/twitter pages for any changes to the fixtures!***Girls Minor Championship***Cloughaneely have been drawn in a group with Naomh Muire, Gweedore, Dungloe, Milford and Fanad. Games begin June 25th. Please keep an eye on the club facebook/twitter pages for confirmed dates/times/venues!***U-6’s***U-6’s have a blitz over in Gaoth Dobhair on Friday evening, June 19th at 6 o’clock. Bus will leave the club at 5:15.***U-8’s Training***NOTE: Under 8 training has now been changed to Saturdays at 12 Noon!***Donegal U-14 Ladies***Congratulations to Emma McGee who was part of the U-14 County Ladies squad who have qualified for the All Ireland Final after defeating Roscommon 2-11 to 0-13. They face Tipperary in the All-Ireland Final on July 4th, venue yet to be confirmed! Well done to all and good luck in the final! ***Donegal U-21 Ladies***Congratulations to Roisin Boyle and Evelyn McGinley who were part of the County U-21 ladies squad who defeated Roscommon 1-10 to 1-09 to secure a spot in the All-Ireland Final against Longford! Time and date to be confirmed! Best of luck to all in the final!GAA NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY DUO ROISIN BOYLE AND EVELYN MCGINLEY STAR FOR DONEGAL U21’S was last modified: June 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CloughaneelyDonegal U21GAALadiesNoticessSportlast_img read more

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