Notre Dame has been able to switch up its practice routine this week since there are no classes with the university on fall break.
The Irish are practicing in the early afternoon as they get ready for Saturday's noon game against Navy in New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Not only does the shift in practice time help Notre Dame get ready for its earliest kickoff of the season, it also help break up the monotony of the season.
"I like to change up the routine after it becomes a routine, to the level where they all know the time," coach Brian Kelly said. "I like to change it up a little bit. Just also helps because of the early start, so we're getting them up. We're getting them on the field at noon time, and we're able to talk about, hey, this is what it feels like. You've got to be ready, got to be alert, got to be ready to go.
"Changing up the routine a little bit, I like to do that this time of the year. Obviously, it works well because we're on break. We couldn't do this if we were in class, obviously."
What Kelly hasn't taken advantage of is the chance to run more practices because Notre Dame is on an academic break.
"We have not encroached on the 20-hour rule, which is waved during vacation periods," Kelly said. "We could have them here 40 hours. We've kept their schedule very similar, and I think they've appreciated the time to go back and relax a little bit. The energy has been good, and the focus has been good for each and every practice."