A Brief History of the Penn State Whiteout

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IISeptember 23, 2009

If you'd been watching football this year, then you'd seen Georgia Tech (Thursday night), NC State (Thursday night), Michigan ('Maize Out') student sections wear the same colour.

Admittedly, it's pretty cool.

But if we're serious, there is NOTHING like a Penn State White-Out. If you're like the 110,000 watching on Saturday night or the millions more watching on TV, you'll know what we're talking about.

It's an incredible experience. Although the VFA currently resides in the UK, we've been part of 'White Outs' in 2005 (Ohio State, Wisconsin) and 2006 (Michigan). We've also worn white in the UK while listening to the Ohio State game on sports radio (2007), and watching the Illinois (2008), Michigan (2008) and Michigan State games (2008).

Even our wives know what the heck we're talking about when we say "White Out."

Only recently have Penn State brought in the 'Stadium White Out' - and it usually follows loss to that team the year before. Notre Dame, Illinois and Iowa all come into Happy Valley having beaten the Nittany Lions the year before, and so far, their record in the return 'leg' in 0-2. Here's hoping that it's 0-3 on Saturday night.

The best

Ohio State (2005)

So loud that it was off the Richter Scale. It was the battle for the Big Ten title, and the game was incredible.

The Stadium White-Out (2007)

Notre Dame's fans came to town, wearing green. The rest of the stadium was wearing white. It was Jimmy Clausen's first road game, and one he'll never forget - but never really want to talk about again.

Then there was Illinois (starring the Lion)....

On Saturday, it's Iowa time


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