Look good, feel good, play good.
That’s what the kids are saying these days, right? And in the day and age where everyone has an opinion on everything, the field you play on needs to look good, too.
So whether it’s a traditional grass field or the new-look turf field, the design of the field — both at midfield and in the end zones — are key to setting your playing surface apart from the competition. So let’s take a look at the top 10 field designs in college football.
10. Missouri Tigers
Missouri’s Faurot Field certainly fits the bill for a unique and recognizable end zone design, with gold diamonds spelling out “MIZZOU”. The midfield design with the oval Tigers logo is a nice touch as well.
9. Wyoming Cowboys
It’s hard to find a better view from a press box than at Wyoming’s War Memorial Stadium, so why not incorporate that in your end zone design? The cowboy logo at midfield is also a solid pick, but it’s the end zone design that really puts it over the top.
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8. Oregon Ducks
Unlike its uniforms, Oregon is pretty conservative with the field design at Autzen Stadium, but the typeface of “Oregon” and the traditional “O” in the end zones and at midfield are a good look. The alternating shades of green every five yards is a nice touch as well.
7. Florida State Seminoles
The Seminoles logo is among the best in the country, so Florida State’s decision to show it off at midfield has to put Doak Campbell Stadium on the list. The scarlet end zones pop out, and I’m always a fan when the end zones don’t both say the same thing.
6. Texas Longhorns
Like Florida State, the alternating of school name and mascot in each end zone is always a good look, but it’s the Longhorns logo and classic burnt orange end zones that put Texas’ Darrell Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium among the best in the nation.
5. Clemson Tigers
Several schools have a paw logo, but there aren’t any more recognizable than Clemson’s. So, the Tigers decision to use the paw logo at midfield is why they’re on the list. The orange-colored end zone lettering also make the field at Memorial Stadium pop.
4. Kansas State Wildcats
Kansas State’s Wildcats logo is among the best there is, and the folks in Manhattan, Kansas, appear to realize just that. The field at Bill Snyder Football Family Stadium has three Wildcats logos with a huge one focused at midfield. The “K-State” in the end zones also make the field design stand out.
3. Tennessee Volunteers
No end zone is more easily recognized than Tennessee’s. The classic checkerboard design easily puts Neyland Stadium among the top field designs, and it’s really not even close.
2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The most traditional football field design there is puts simple white diagonal lines in the end zones, and it’s no surprise that’s what you’ll find at Notre Dame. From the classic blue jerseys, gold pants and gold helmets to the field design at Notre Dame Stadium, no one knows tradition quite like the Fighting Irish.
1. LSU Tigers
The purple and gold end zones make LSU’s field design at Tiger Stadium unique, but it’s the midfield design that puts LSU above the rest. The intimidating “Eye of the Tiger” logo is the best midfield design in college football.