In college football, home field advantage is uniquely valuable.  Perhaps more than in any other sport in America, It is often the difference between a team being able to pull through with a dramatic win and falling flat on its face.


Being the epicenter of the college game in the midwest, the Big Ten is no different, as many of the conference's venues pose a daunting task for visiting teams. However, in a recent television segment on ESPNU, analysts left out one iconic stadium in particular when discussing which Big Ten stadiums presented to toughest test of all.

This top three glaringly fails to include Ohio Stadium in Columbus, home of the Ohio State Buckeyes. ​​Over the past four seasons, just three teams have won at the Horseshoe. Two of them (Michigan State in 2015 and Oklahoma in 2017) went on to the College Football Playoff.


It probably isn't quite as intimidating as Penn State's iconic whiteouts when Beaver Stadiun is in full force. And the Hawkeyes deserve credit for upsetting the Buckeyes in Iowa City last season in stunning fashion. But one could argue that ​the Shoe has been a massive X-factor in many of OSU's biggest games over the last few years, most notably against Michigan in 2016 and Penn State last season. The few who have been able to win there absolutely earned it.

The Buckeyes will have to travel for most of their important games this year, but they'll be welcoming ​their arch rivals to the north for the last game of the season. Think the Wolverines are looking forward to having to come to Columbus?