I don' know if this has been written about or not, I'll assume that it has. But why is it that we can only get up and get loud on 3rd down? I think it's been proven time and time again with the Bruins' struggles on the road that the crowd can really make a difference. It's not referred to as the 12th man for nothing, the crowd, if loud and hostile enough influences the game.
In the past few years I've been to South Bend, Knoxville and Austin and they all have some key things in common that keep them regarded by most as some of the toughest places in the country to play in. First, they show up early. I'm talking in their seats and ready to go at least 30 minutes before the opening kick. When I was in South Bend I was really impressed that 20 minutes before kickoff there wasn't an empty seat in the house save for those reserved for the band which was on the field. Second, they're loud. 1st, 2nd, 3rd down, it doesn't matter. You know when the visiting team has the ball because you can't hear the person next to you. Lastly, people at the game actually where the colors of the team that they're supporting. It still baffles me why people come to UCLA games wearing a Dodger/Angel jersey. At least try to look like you like the team you came to watch.
I know that the three cities I've used as examples have very little going on beside college football and therefore it's easier for them to be so passionate about their teams. However, I feel we can do a better job of getting behind our guys and making a difference in making it more difficult for the other team to come in hear and try to hear their snap count. We need to get innovative, maybe shake some keys around or something to try and be louder. We need to get organized more than anything though. Maybe we can nominate some section leaders that are in charge of getting the noise going. Mr. Strand can only be in front of so many sections at once.
I just feel that lately the Rose Bowl has been too visitor friendly, even if our record at home says otherwise. I know we have pride and passion in our team, otherwise we wouldn't be able to fill up half the seats we have to see the teams we've had over the past decade. We just need to harness it and make it be known to the opposition on more than just 3rd down.