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What to Watch: Week 9 vs. Navy

10/27/2011

Keep an eye out for the following this Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium:

  • More music?: OK, maybe this should be what to hear. Still, I'm interested to see how much music is played again. Some of it was a pleasant surprise (Dropkick Murphys for opening kick) and some of it was a tad annoying (Ozzy, anyone?), but the game-day atmosphere has generated plenty of talk throughout the past week. I'm curious to see if there are any new -- or as many -- tricks rolled out for an afternoon game against Navy as there were for a night game against USC.

  • Michael Floyd returning punts: He has to at some point, right? Granted, there weren't too many punts the last time Notre Dame played a team that likes to run the option, in Week 6 against Air Force, but at some point a situation must arise in which we get to see what the dynamic wide receiver can do on special teams. The long wait has many anxious, and the Irish could certainly use the boost back there.

  • How Trey Miller responds: Navy's sophomore quarterback is making his first career start, and it is coming at one of the game's most legendary venues. He led a valiant second-half comeback attempt last week against East Carolina, but he also misfired on a potential game-winning touchdown pass on the final drive. How he responds in a vastly different environment against an Irish defense looking to bounce back from last week's showing at USC is anyone's guess.