Golden Nuggets: Zach Maynard Knows What to Expect From Oregon's Autzen Stadium

Use this as an open thread if you can't get enough BIG EAST ACTION and want to discuss tonight's Pitt-South Florida game.

Though Maynard has performed well at the rowdy Folsom Field and the always-intimidating Husky Stadium, he knows that Autzen is unlike any venue in college football.  He experienced it firsthand when he was in high school

Before choosing to attend Buffalo out of high school, Maynard made a visit out to Eugene to take a gander at the Ducks, and witnessed firsthand how loud Autzen Stadium can get. In 2007 -- the same year Maynard visited -- during a game against USC, the Oregon faithful recorded a record raucous of 127.2 decibels, the very point at which tinnitus (ringing in the ears) begins, and the same level at which permanent hearing loss can occur.

"It was pretty crazy," Maynard said. "I think I've seen them in one game when Dennis Dixon was playing, and it was pretty tight, pretty live. It's crazy. It's loud. It's the loudest game we're going to play this year, probably."

In contrast, last week's venue -- Washington's Husky Stadium -- has recorded its own decibel record of over 130 decibels, but that was back in 1992. Not that history matters much to Maynard, who said that the Bears' week two opponent -- Colorado -- seemed to be a more hostile environment.

"Washington was pretty loud, but I feel like Colorado was louder than Washington, just to me. It got pretty loud in Colorado, so I feel like it's going to be louder in Oregon, just because it's Oregon," Maynard said. "It's loud. They're right on top of you. It's a bowl, basically, so we've got to communicate well. That's going to be key. We've got to shut them up early."

After the jump Giorgio is a semi-finalist for the Academic Heisman, the Bears' practice goes up-tempo, and Stefan McClure enters the cornerback rotation.

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