The Michigan Wolverines and Alabama Crimson Tide square off on September 1st in Dallas at Cowboys Stadium.
“We’re going to have a practice at Ford Field,” Hoke said Tuesday. “We won’t have a scrimmage, but we’ll run some situational drills that puts some pressure on our players.”
Most of the Michigan players NFL stadium experience came last season in New Orleans at the Super Dome, where they beat the Virginia Tech Hokies 23 to 20 in overtime in front of a crowd of 64,000.
“That’s the only time I’ve played in a stadium like that,” said defensive back Blake Countess. “Getting a practice at Ford Field will be good experience for us, and it should be fun.”
Hoke is hoping that by piping in noise, he’ll be able to simulate at least a small portion of the noise that the Michigan players will face in Dallas.
“There’s no perfect way to get them prepared for the noise, but this is the best way we have,” Hoke said. “I think we finished practice with some AC/DC today.”
While the Wolverines play all of their home games in front of more than 110,000 fans at the Big House, it’ll be quite different facing an opponent like Alabama in a dome in front of 100,000 fans.
Better hope Denard can hang onto the ball.