USA Today ranks Rentschler as the fifth best stadium in the Big East

EAST HARTFORD CT - NOVEMBER 27: Fans cheer on the Connecticut Huskies as they face the Cincinnati Bearcats on November 27 2010 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford Connecticut. The Huskies defeated the Bearcats 38-17. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

USA Today has ranked the Big East's football stadiums and the good news is that UConn's Rentschler Field did not finish behind any of the three NFL stadiums in the conference. The bad news is that the Rent didn't beat out any of the other non-NFL facilities, coming in fifth. I have no problem with Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium getting the top spot -- by all accounts it's a great place to take in a game -- but reading through the list it's hard not to get the vibe that this wasn't exactly a scientific survey.

If we're being objective Rentschler deserves to lose points for not being on-campus, and it's fair to ding fans for being more than a little leisurely about getting to their seats, but there is a lot to love. The location means that roadway access and tailgating are both fine experiences. The facility is still new (though not as new as you think -- this is its ninth season), and it can definitely get loud. Just ask Robert Griffin III.

The full rankings were as follows:

  1. Cincinnati
  2. Rutgers
  3. Louisville
  4. Syracuse
  5. UConn
  6. Pitt
  7. South Florida
  8. Temple
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