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History unexamined is doomed to repeat itself. [Bryan Fuller]
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By Bryan MacKenzie
@Bry_Mac

A few weeks ago, I got all up on my soap box about the Ghosts of Michigan State. I puffed my chest out and stuck my nose out at people who tried to read supernatural explanations into terrestrial problems. “We live in a modern, analytical society,” I whined. Quit being afraid of your own shadow.

Yeah, forget all of that. The Indiana/Michigan game is built on a sacred burial ground that was itself built on an even more sacred burial ground. It was excavated from an Egyptian tomb that was clearly labeled “cursed stuff inside, yo.” It spoke ill of the warlock who lives in the tallest tower in the castle. It said one of the seven dirty words on broadcast television. It is hexed. Jinxed. Afflicted.

Cursed.

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What’s the worst that could happen

This series has regularly produced some of the most unexpectedly close and competitive football games you will find. And all it takes is a look back though recent history to see what we’re dealing with:

[After THE JUMP: a lot of normal results unless you look at more than the ultimate victor]

Brian’s sick so Seth hosts, Craig guest hosts, and Johnny Wangler can finally visit us without fear of white tuxedoed hair fellas.

The Sponsors

We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be all be very sad ex-SBNation employees with “real” jobs.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, and Lantana Hummus

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1. RUFRgers

starts at 1:00

A very uninteresting game. Michigan didn’t play their best game, but didn’t need to. Shea never pulled the ball. Did JH troll James Franklin? Tru Wilson had a good game. Craig thinks it’ll be a three-way RB battle next year with Evans, Wilson, and Charbonnet. Lots and lots of Down G. Didn’t run a lot of pistol in this game because the zone read wasn’t a legitimate threat. Shea had a terrific game. Higdon missed a few cuts. Pass protection in the UFR was 100% (!!!). Devin Gil had a really rough game, needs to stay in his lane. Gary had a terrific game.

2. Previewing Indiana

starts at 25:30

Craig’s numbers project a 28- or 29-point win for Michigan. He thinks their record indicates they may do better than that though. Seth rebuts by mentioning that Indiana has gotten a lot of turnover luck and is not a good team. However, Indiana is the forever ChaosTeam for as long as Seth has been a fan. The Hoosiers have zero pass rush whatsoever. Shea shouldn’t need to run this week against a depleted defense. Offense isn’t awful and Peyton Ramsey has a lot of receiving options.

3. Revenge Tour: Nova

starts at 1:45:44

Seth brags about his tweets and Craig asks people about the game at a drugstore. It was a complete defensive domination, but even Craig didn’t expect Brazdeikis to have the game that he did. The charge call early on set the tone for the game. Simpson might be the best defensive point guard Craig has ever seen. Craig thinks that Brooks and Livers are the best shooters on a team that can’t shoot. George Washington looks bad.

4. Gimmicky Top Five New Stadium Traditions

starts at 1:02:14

Seth and Craig discuss the fun new things we yell this year. Of course as soon as we finished up Wangler called so we’ll get him on the podcast soon.

MUSIC:

Featured tonight: Inner Recipe, an early 2000s Ann Arbor band I used to know.

  • “Clear the Rain”
  • “Shape Shifter”
  • “The Stones Thrown”
  • “Across 110th Street”

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you.

THE USUAL LINKS:

So you don’t subscribe to the theory—put forth by exactly nobody until me just now—that Michigan was dogging it to match the Penn State score?

Also giving away 2 tickets for the IU game and a copy of “Wings”. Stop by the Bo Store, 333 S. Main, to join us. I accept beer. Wangler will be on at 6.

The Sponsors

This whole thing was Rishi & Ryan from UGP & The Bo Store’s idea. So was advertising with us so we can do this for a living. They’re great guys and you should support them when getting your Michigan apparel.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, and Lantana Hummus

Indiana ain't Indiana anymore and I'm having a pout about it 

Grayson (GA) offensive lineman and Michigan commit Trente Jones

Sort of like how things have been going on the field: a bunch of good things, one bad thing

Indiana defense

Get out alive.

When the going gets weird the weird turn pro.

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