Oregon football: Autzen Stadium left out of EA Sports' Top 10 Toughest Places to Play

Autzen Stadium is one of the most unique and intimidating venues in college football, but it was left out of the top 10 in EA Sports College Football 25's rankings.
Autzen Stadium
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The Oregon Ducks have one of the most intriguing and unique stadiums in all of college football. Autzen Stadium only holds around 54,000 folks (closer to 60,000 with standing room only entrants), but because of the unique design, it’s known to have an absurdly loud and intimidating atmosphere

There’s a great home field advantage that can be found in Eugene, Oregon, but for one reason or another, the Oregon football stadium is often overlooked. And while it’s not a massive amount of disrespect, EA Sports ended up leaving Autzen Stadium just outside of the top 10 in its preseason College Football 25 rankings for the Toughest Places to Play.

The home of the Oregon football team came close! The Ducks’ beloved and beautiful Autzen Stadium sits at No. 11 in the preseason college football stadium rankings, according to EA Sports. But, well, that’s still outside the top 10. It’s a narrow miss, but it’s still a miss of that top 10 spot.

And that’s a shame considering the intimidating atmosphere that Oregon football fans regularly create on game days.

EA Sports College Football 25 preseason rankings: Top 25 toughest places to play

Here’s what the full list of rankings looks like for the toughest college football venues (according to EA Sports’ game developers). Just a heads up, there are going to be numerous disagreements on where each team and each stadium should be ranked.

  1. Kyle Field - Texas A&M Aggies
  2. Bryant-Denny Stadium - Alabama Crimson Tide
  3. Tiger Stadium - LSU Tigers
  4. Ohio Stadium - Ohio State Buckeyes
  5. Sanford Stadium - Georgia Bulldogs
  6. Beaver Stadium - Penn State Nittany Lions
  7. Camp Randall Stadium - Wisconsin Badgers
  8. Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium - Oklahoma Sooners
  9. Doak S. Campbell Stadium - Florida State Seminoles
  10. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium - Florida Gators
  11. Autzen Stadium - Oregon Ducks
  12. Memorial Stadium - Clemson Tigers
  13. Neyland Stadium - Tennessee Volunteers
  14. Jordan-Hare Stadium - Auburn Tigers
  15. Williams-Brice Stadium - South Carolina Gamecocks
  16. Michigan Stadium - Michigan Wolverines
  17. Lane Stadium - Virginia Tech Hokies
  18. Rice-Eccles Stadium - Utah Utes
  19. Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium - Texas Longhorns
  20. Kinnick Stadium - Iowa Hawkeyes
  21. Notre Dame Stadium - Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  22. Spartan Stadium - Michigan State Spartans
  23. Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium - Arkansas Razorbacks
  24. Albertsons Stadium - Boise State Broncos
  25. Davis Wade Stadium - Mississippi State Bulldogs

There’s no way on earth a list like this won’t receive some pushback. Expect LSU fans to really raise a fuss about it (as they absolutely should). Oregon is close to getting in the top 10 with Autzen Stadium. The venue probably deserves to be there and it's a shame that it isn’t. But, all things considered, that’s far from being amongst the biggest issues with the list.