James Franklin wants to make impression on SEC crowd during Saturday's White Out vs. Auburn
It’s not often Penn State hosts a team from the Southeastern Conference, and in fact, the last team from the SEC to visit Happy Valley was Alabama in 2011. Prior to that, the Tide was in town in 1989.
So when Auburn takes the turf on Beaver Stadium on Saturday night, it’ll be a big deal.
So big a deal, that Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin wants the Penn State fans to send a message to the SEC, and he is willing to chip in to help any fans who lose their voice during the game.
James Franklin: "I'm willing to buy Halls for everyone who loses their voice at the game Saturday night. … I want these fans to go back to the SEC and say we love our football, but what they do up there at Penn State is special."
— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) September 14, 2021
ESPN College GameDay will be in State College for the event, which has been dubbed a “White Out” by the Nittany Lions. The No. 22 Tigers are making their farthest trip North since they played at Syracuse in 2011.
The matchup is of two unbeaten teams, with Auburn hitting town having defeated its first two opponents by a combined 122-10 score. ESPN’s College Football Power Index rates the game as a top-10 game, with Auburn at No. 10 and PSU and No. 8.
Kickoff is set for 6:30 PM at Beaver Stadium in College State, Pennsylvania on Saturday, Sept. 18.