Clemson is no stranger to playing in big road games in front of electric crowds, but with ESPN College GameDay in town for the big match up at Texas A&M this weekend, the atmosphere and 12th Man at Kyle Field are sure to be dialed up an extra notch or two.
Co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Jeff Scott shared with 247 that 15 of the Tigers last 16 road games have been at night, and while they don't buy into the belief that external factors like the crowd should be a crutch when it comes to execution, they are taking interesting measures to make sure players are prepared.
According to a note in the 247 article:
"The Clemson team has actually been using headphones with very specific crowd noises for its players during practice and the staff hopes they will help prepare the team for 100,000-plus Aggie fans."
I'm not sure exactly how they're pulling that off, but it's certainly interesting to think about.
Just how loud will things get at Kyle Field, where over 102,000 screaming fans will fill the stands?
The highest recorded decibel level for Kyle Field sits at 117, according to One Country. While that's definitely one of the loudest stadiums in the country, an article by Stack Sports a few months back took a look at the loudest recorded decibel levels at college football stadiums, and found that a 1992 game at Washington against Nebraska reached a whopping 133.6 decibels, which stands as the loudest environment to date.
The home of the 12th Man didn't get it's nickname for being an easy place to play, and Saturday's match up between these two premier teams has been one that a ton of folks have had circled on their calendars for a while now.
The two teams square off 7pm EST Saturday on ESPN.