ESPN’s list of the best facilities in college football included some obvious choices: Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, USC… team’s that have had success recently and have the money to pour into upgrading their program.
For the “worst” version of that list, you would expect the opposite; teams that have been terrible for quite some time, meaning they do not have the money needed to invest in their program. Well, for some parts of that list, it is true, but for others… not so much.
Out of the Power 5 conferences, both Miami and Florida made ESPN’s list of schools with the worst football facilities. Miami’s biggest problem is Sun-Life Stadium, which is usually a good 40-minute drive from Miami’s campus in Coral Gables. The knock on the Gators, though, was more about the school’s practice facilities than The Swamp itself.
Of course, you’d think two schools with the name recognition of Florida and Miami would be able to rank higher on the list.
Another surprise on the list: UCLA. The Bruins have a long tradition in college football and they play in the Rose Bowl! Apparently their practice and workout facilities must be that bad to negate that advantage.
Joining those three on the list: Vanderbilt, Kansas, Boston College, Syracuse, Northwestern, Oregon State, Arizona State, and Texas Tech.