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I'm flying out to Pittsburgh to visit a customer next week and of course I'm driving to State College for the basketball game. Pretty pumped up about it to say the least...
Anyways, got me thinking, this is my fifth B10 school I will have visited (including MSU for college). I'm a little disappointed in that to be honest, how many schools/campuses have you been to and what were your impressions?
1. MSU (obviously)
2. IU (had a close friend on the FB staff there, partied for Little 5 numerous times. Insane fun)
3. Northwestern (Nice city, gorgeous campus on the lake)
4. UM (Nice campus, asswipe fans)
Really hoping to knock out Iowa and Illinois this year for football in the fall (Chicago resident these days)
This post has been edited 4 times, most recently by Punisher99 18 months ago
Watch out for your cornhole, bud.
"RCMB: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainry." - some dude from MgoBlog
PSU (too snowy and cold to notice)
scUM (fug, town and campus should not mix)
In order of "nice" to "not so nice", based on just walking around and enjoying the scenery:
2. Penn State (similar to MSU)
3. Northwestern (Great campus location on Lake Michigan. Town is nice too, but bars and stadiums suck.)
4. Wisconsin (town better than campus)
5. UM (town better than campus)
6. Purdue (total shit hole)
This post was edited by Phil McCrackin 18 months ago
stopped by train next to rutgers, its all ghetto so don't forget your bushmaster
Oh yeah, if we're including those guys I've been to Maryland's campus too.
2. Madison - Was there in the summer, got pretty drunk at the Union building by the lake. Really enjoyed it.
3. Purdue - In and out, there for a basketball game.
4. UofM - Don't like the campus, but always had fun at the bars with my UM '"friends".
I've been to the campus of every Big Ten school. Besides MSU, I have seen games at Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Northwestern, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and Purdue. Still need to see games at Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska.
U of M (college visits & with SMB)
Ohio State (with SMB). The campus seemed ok, but I didn't get to look around much.
"This was a great Spartan day." --Walter Adams
Before you ask, yes, I am a girl.
I have been to all 12. MSU and IUs are the nicest, by a pretty big margin. Wisconsin is also pretty nice. Nebraska is probably the worst, its urban like tOSU or Minnesota, but Lincoln is pretty run down. Purdue and Illinois are pretty eh too. Everyone else makes up the middle.
Edit: While I don't count them as B1G at this point (and they were not listed in my list) I have been to Rutgers as well. This campus would battle Nebraska for the worst. The one thing I will say is New Brunswick night life is probably a bit more fun. The bars in Lincoln really seemed to suck. I've never been to Maryland.
This post was edited by Binford4State 18 months ago
UM - school, it fucking blows here. main street isn't bad though
PSU - visited for the Wiscy game this year, had an awesome time.
OSU - Lame. very lame.
without question, Madison is the best Big 10 campus I've been to, the place is amazing.
I think we should take some of these people, and send 'em up to Bear Mountain for a picnic.
Been to all but Iowa, Rutgers and Maryland...
Edit: Nebraska too, F Nebraska
This post was edited by Fez 18 months ago
Only Northwestern and scUM.
I was in Bloomington for a basketball tourney between 8th and 9th grade. We were wandering around and made our way out onto their football field with a football and started throwing it around in the middle of the day. There were a few groundskeepers and maintenance workers around who didn't seem to mind, one even took a little time to show us around. Also snuck into Assembly Hall, walked around the concourse and made our way into the stands before someone told us we couldn't be there. Not a bad afternoon all in all.
Iowa, Northwestern, Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State, Indiana... plan on going to Maryland the first time MSU plays football @ Maryland for Big Ten play.
I liked Iowa and Ohio State the most. Ohio State reminds me a lot of MSU on campus. A lot of places are very easy to walk to and the river runs right through campus. High St is just like Grand River except three times longer and the nightlife is great. Iowa is a lot more hilly than I thought it would be. When you go to the stadium you just keep going uphill until you get to the stadium and the hospital.
Northwestern was too small to really notice. If you sit on the west side of the stadium though and up towards the top of the stadium you'll have a nice view of Lake Michigan. It's weird. I always feel like I'm watching a youth soccer game in there and not a college football game. The atmosphere is just so small. You can look out over the other side of the stadium and see people raking their leaves and shit. It was weird and kind of cool at the same time. I liked Michigan's campus, but it's Michigan. The Diag is a pretty scenic place though. If you know where to go at night, you can find a nice bar that isn't full of total weirdos. Penn State doesn't feel like a Big 10 school at all. The only thing that remotely reminded me of Big Ten country was the pig farm that was outside one of the parking lots and you could feed them as you walked past the fence on the walk up to Beaver. That's pretty much the only Big 10 thing about it. Mountains, secluded and cold as shit. I'd never drive in for basketball games in the winter if I lived over an hour away and seeing how secluded State College is, I would imagine that'd be a majority of people attending games. Beaver stadium is a pile of shit. Whoever did the additions on that place was an idiot. It looks like parts of three different stadiums welded together to make one.
Just on rank (not counting MSU)
1. Ohio State
5. Penn State
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Wisconsin was my favorite, not counting MSU. Madison is an awesome town and the campus is great.
Wisconsin, Northwestern, Illinois, Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, Penn State and Maryland
The only one I would like to visit that I haven't is Minnesota just because I have never been to the Twin Cities.
Probably in the minority, but my favorite non MSU place was Purdue. Went with about 10 people to a game in West Lafayette from Detroit back in 2005. In that group, 2 friends had gone to Purdue so we knew where to go, where to tailgate, and met a few other friends out there. Loved that you could go out at halftime, down some beers and come back in.
All but wisky and Penn state. Really want to visit Madtown. No interest in happy valley.
Michigan - Nice campus, although almost too scattered and spread around the city of AA.
Purdue - Nothing special except one area where it is really nice, the rest of campus is just ok.
Ohio State - Again nothing special, didn't get a great look at it but wasn't that impressed.
Northwestern - Really enjoy the city of Evanston. The campus is nice and very classical looking. Probably my favorite so far just because of the location itself.
You COULDN'T have walked down College/Beaver avenue, then. Feels just like Grand River x2 with stores in the boulevard. Beautiful campus and great B10 atmosphere. What I don't like is their erector set stadium, but it DOES rock on game day. A white out is pretty tremendous. Pants Jr. graduated from there in 2011, so I've been there many times.
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