Playing in front of a maximum capacity of 102,577 at Kyle Field would be daunting if not intimidating for an opposing sophomore quarterback, one would imagine. 

According to reports, UCLA sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen dismissed the thought that he would be distracted by a large and loud A&M fan base in the season-opening bout between the schools at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

"After about 50,000 people, it all sounds about the same," Rosen said to reporters according to a tweet by Los Angeles Times reporter Lindsey Thiry.

As the first true freshman to start in a season opener for UCLA last season, Rosen faced road crowds from 31,262 at UNLV to 83,602 against USC at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

UCLA plays all of its home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Cali. which has a seating capacity of 91,136. The largest home crowd for a Bruin game last year was 80,113 against Arizona State.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Saturday's game is not yet sold out. The majority of the tickets still available are those returned by UCLA in the upper levels of the stadium, according to the A&M athletic department.

In a later tweet, Thiry tried to put Rosen's comment into context.

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It's not the crowd he needs to worry about.
It is either of our defensive ends crashing down on him when he is not looking.
He is a wise guy and he needs his head knocked.
When that happens he won't hear the 12th Man at all. It will be his ringing ears.

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