In this Auburn football news and rumors update, the San Jose State Spartans are putting on their best game face in advance of their cross-country trip to Auburn to face a loaded Tigers squad on their home turf.
"Intimidation factors are only as powerful as you let them be," Spartans senior linebacker Vince Buhagiar, one of three players still left from a 2010 San Jose State team that opened the season against No. 1 Alabama - a contest they lost 48-3.
The Spartans come to Jordan-Hare Stadium as 31-point underdogs, partially due to the absolute bedlam that an Auburn crowd can create with the sound of their voices.
"It's hostile. Let's face it. And they take pride in that," San Jose State head coach Ron Caragher said. "It's a hostile environment. Period. Crazy stuff goes on. We embrace that. Bring it on. Bring it on. We want a challenging environment. That's our attitude."
The former Kentucky Wildcats assistant backed up these words later, indicating that he is ready for the worst: "Things happen. Crowds start to cheer and people say things to you and throw stuff at you, but you just have to be able to be above that."
For an Auburn crowd that prides itself on its Southern hospitality, such a claim could be construed as fighting words heading into Saturday's tilt.
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