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Hard for Notre Dame to simulate Big House noise

Updated: October 10, 2013 6:20AM

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Notre Dame turned up the rock and roll to simulate the atmosphere the team expected Saturday at Michigan Stadium.

“We’ve been practicing all week with loud music. [Tackle] Zack [Martin] and I, we have a lot of pride on our offensive line with communicating. It’s one of the things [offensive line] coach [Harry] Hiestand harps on all the time,” left guard Chris Watt said.

“It’s a different sound from having Aerosmith on to 114,000 loud voices screaming at you. The biggest thing it does, it doesn’t allow you to hear the person next to you on the line as much. You really have to concentrate on yelling during practice and getting those calls over to people to make sure we are all on the same page. … Every school does it, but it’s a good tool for our team going on the road.”

Under the lights

Notre Dame tied a school record with seven night games last season.

Saturday marked the first of four on this year’s schedule, with the potential for more as the times for games at Pittsburgh and Stanford are still to be announced.

“They always like putting us on TV at night when we go on the road,” Watt said. “We enjoy going on the road and playing at night.

‘‘Night games are great. I feel like it gives people time to relax during the day and not kind of wake up and say ‘I’ve got to get going, right now.’ It gives you more time to relax, prepare your mind for the opponent. Maybe watch a little extra film and get a little more prepared for the day.”

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