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Death Valley ranked No. 1 toughest place to play last four years


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Death Valley is a beautiful place to watch a football game
Death Valley is a beautiful place to watch a football game

Sporting News has ranked the toughest places to play in college football.

Clemson's Death Valley was ranked No. 1 toughest place to play the last four seasons.

"Clemson has all the same metrics as Alabama the last four years," Sporting News said. "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."

Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium was ranked the toughest place to play overall.

"By every metric, it's just hard to win there," Sporting News said. "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 was 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."

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