A field means a lot to any college football program.
They usually carry the school logo or mascot and feature the team colors in some fashion, most often in the endzones.
But who has the best fields in the country? Sports Illustrated ranked the top 25 and five SEC schools made the list.
Ole Miss (21), Kentucky (18), Tennessee (13), LSU (7) and Florida (3) all made the list.
Florida was chosen for its gator head in the middle of the field while the Tiger eye pushed LSU into the top 10. The Tigers also have yard markers every five yards which isn’t found in many places.
Tennessee made the list for its orange and white checkered endzones while the two-toned grass helped Kentucky make the list. A grass field in Oxford at Ole Miss seemed to help the Rebels.
It’s clear that the talent of the team on the field didn’t play a role in the ranking. The unique identifiers for these fields aided these teams a lot, but there is no doubt the atmosphere around the SEC each Saturday would put almost every team in the top 25.
Since Boise State ranked second, watchability didn’t matter much. Oregon also made the top 5 thanks to generous donor Phil Knight, they put just as much thought into their field as the uniforms every week.