James Franklin wants Auburn fans to leave impressed by Penn State's 'special' atmosphere
James Franklin is ready for a loud environment at Beaver Stadium on Saturday night.
One of the top matchups of Week 3 will be taking place in Happy Valley as No. 10 Penn State is set to host No. 22 Auburn. The Nittany Lions and Tigers are poised to play a competitive matchup that should be exciting to watch.
And Franklin is not only preparing for a lot of noise, but the Penn State head coach is endorsing it.
“I’m willing to buy Halls for everyone who loses their voice at the game Saturday night,” Franklin told the media on Tuesday (h/t Audrey Snyder of The Athletic). “… 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.'”
Auburn knows a thing or two about loud football games itself, so it may take a lot for that to happen.
But it is likely to be an electric atmosphere, considering a pair of ranked teams will each be looking to improve to 3-0. Auburn opened the season with home wins over Akron and Alabama State, while Penn State has beaten Wisconsin on the road and Ball State at home.
The all-time series between Penn State and Auburn is currently tied at 1, but this will be the first regular-season meeting between the schools. The Nittany Lions beat the Tigers in the 1996 Outback Bowl, but Auburn was victorious at the 2003 Capital One Bowl.
Auburn and Penn State are set to kick off on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.