James Franklin wants it loud, frothing, rollicking and wild on Saturday night, when the No. 2-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes enter Beaver Stadium.
“We’re going to need the stadium to be the most difficult environment in the history of college football come Saturday night,” Penn State's head coach said Tuesday in a public appeal to Nittany Lion fans.
The Buckeyes, led by quarterback J.T. Barrett, are 6-0 on the year, and have won 20 straight road games.
“We’re going to need the fans, we’re going to need the alumni," Franklin said. "We’re going to need everybody. This is a tremendous challenge that we have."
Tailgaters, students, CATA buses, the Willard Preacher, the cow on the roof of the former Boalsburg Steakhouse -- if it makes sound, Penn State wants sound on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Ohio State has spent part of this week reminiscing about the challenging atmosphere of the 2014 Whiteout, when the Buckeyes escaped with a double overtime win. Ohio State went on that year to win the Big Ten and a national title.
Ohio State returns to State College, Pennsylvania, on Saturday for you guessed it: A Whiteout. Therein lies the challenge.
“We have another tough task, a team that's 4-0 at home. I called it—the last two times, wish they saved the white outs for other games, but I guess they used it for our game,” [Ohio State coach Urban] Meyer said. “It's one of the top five atmospheres, again, in college football.”
Screaming and jumping people -- 100,000-plus of them -- can have that affect.
“They was going crazy off that (Sweet Caroline). I want them to play it again. I'm going to dance to it this time,” junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes said on Monday. “Like the one at Wisconsin, we were jumping right with the crowd, for real. That's what I remember, the crowd. They just had high energy that entire game.”
Dontre Wilson said on Monday Penn State is the loudest place he has ever played. Holmes and Chris Worley echoed that.
The game is scheduled for 8 p.m. and will air on ABC.