This Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines will travel to Happy Valley, Pa. to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions in a pivotal Big Ten matchup for the Wolverines. While the Nittany Lions have nothing to lose still, with the full sanctions still in place, Michigan is still undefeated with a lot to play for.
It’s been over 10 years since Michigan head coach Brady Hoke was inside the confines of Beaver Stadium when he was an assistant for the Wolverines under Lloyd Carr. While the stadium was large even then, it’s been expanded since to create an atmosphere of over 110,000 screaming Penn State faithful, making it still one of the toughest places to play in the country.
Star Michigan OT Taylor Lewan, who was inside Beaver Stadium as a redshirt freshman, wanted to make sure that his head coach knew how much things have changed in the 10 years since he’s been in there, so he texted him a little reminder of what exactly they’ll all be facing this week:
“I know he knew that;” Lewan says. “I think it’s just different because we haven’t played Penn State at Penn State since my redshirt freshman year and aside from me, Cam (Gordon), and maybe like one other guy; no one’s really had significant snaps there.
“The noise isn’t really that distracting, you have to be on your p’s and q’s — you have to know what your calls are going to be. Sometimes we will be standing face-to-face, and I won’t be able to hear myself think or hear you talk. So it’s a great atmosphere. I am sure it will be a white-out night game. Penn State’s awesome; it’s a fun place to play.