MGoRadio 3.7: Dramatically Improved and Still Below Average

MGoRadio 3.7: Dramatically Improved and Still Below Average

Submitted by Seth on October 27th, 2017 at 6:53 PM

1 hour 22 minutes

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Excuse me sir, I found your column banal and infuriating.

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The Sponsors

We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

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, Lantana Hummus and Ecotelligent Homes

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1. Penn State After UFR

starts at 1:00

Defense got got: Penn State mitigated the DL, confused the LBs, and ignored the cornerbacks. Trace McSorley had his unstoppable throw god game. Nitpicks from getting picked apart by the Nits: don’t play an RPO team with your safeties at 15 yards, or get McCray on a Barkley-like object. Offense was some improvement, still a long way to go. Line calls look screwy: is Kugler to blame?

2. A Refuse Repartee with John U. Bacon

starts at 24:17

The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism comes out soon and Bacon just Before we start, dear listener, I want you to imagine your over/under for how many minutes it takes us to:

a) say “Shut up, John”
b) mention Dave Brandon
c) call Bacon “Dave”

Also we talk about about WWI soldier, ladies’ man, ancestral pirate, amateur surgeon, hockey coach, machine gun officer, and hero.

3. Gimmicky Top Five: Other Things That Would Lose to Rutgers

starts at 52:48

Brian takes issue with people who reply in gifs, Seth takes issue with everyone who ever talks on the internet about anything, ever. Princeton has to deal with some awful red version of Sparty trying to steal their artillery. Hillary would lose to Rutgers.

4. Rutgers Preview

starts at 1:06:00

Ross Douglas in a Jake Ryan role is not going well. The defensive tackles are big and the noses are more than solid. Michigan should be able to flip the strength of the formation, blow out Turay, and run power to the house enough times to get Brandon Peters some snaps. Their offense is three running plays and can’t get the ball to Janarion Grant. We strongly suggest Michigan’s special teams also avoid doing so.

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MUSIC:

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. This week our bumper music was provided by the (A+) Machines because they gave me a sampler back when our bands played a show together. The songs are “Antidote”, “Any Given Day”, and “Come Back Swinging”. Plus as always “Across 110th Street”.

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WTKA Roundtable 10/26/2017: You Can’t Get What You Want ‘Till You Know What You Want

WTKA Roundtable 10/26/2017: You Can’t Get What You Want ‘Till You Know What You Want

Submitted by Seth on October 27th, 2017 at 8:20 AM

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[Eric Upchurch]

Things discussed:

  • Penn State played a very good game; Michigan played an uncharacteristically bad one.
  • Michigan was expecting the Barkley at QB thing; Gary just got too far upfield.
  • Playing safeties at 15 yards is asking for run-pass-options in your face
  • PSU hit their bombs; why can’t we chuck it to the 6’8” guy?
  • Trace McSorley has been lucky previously; he was flat-out good in this one.
  • Don’t put McCray on Dudes. Guys? Fine. Not dudes.
  • Cornerbacks not tested after Long’s pick; played entire game in slots.
  • Uncharacteristically Michigan lost one-on-one battles on the DL in this one
  • Brian calls Craig Ed. Ed-Craig likens running quarterbacks to guerilla warfare. Ed-Craig listens to punk rock and opera. Joe Jackson narrowly edges out the 5th century BCE’s Caíndelbáin al Óengusa of the Cholmain clan of the southern Ui Niall as the greatest musician in Ed-Craig’s 3,001 years on this planet.
  • Devin Bush had a bad game.
  • Brian is taller than Grant Perry.
  • Can’t live without a passing game—safeties are 8 yards off the line of scrimmage.
  • Peters won’t start but this is the game to get him on the field
  • Jose says the defense has performed poorly in 10 of their 7 games.
  • Personnel issues, not coaching issues.
  • McCaffrey vs. Peters: Brandon has the golden arm, McCaffrey has to grow physically but has an edge as a runner and natural swagger.
  • One-minute hoops takes.

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

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    MGoPodcast 9.8: The Emperor’s New Mattress Column

    MGoPodcast 9.8: The Emperor’s New Mattress Column

    Submitted by Seth on October 24th, 2017 at 8:12 AM

    1 hour and 16 minutes

    Scheduling note: A day late because Ace had to get home from Pennsylvania, where they don’t let you buy food with credit cards.

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    [Patrick Barron]

    We Couldn’t Have One Without the Other

    We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

    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, Lantana Hummus and new this week introducing Ecotelligent Homes

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    1. Offense

    starts at 15:00 (uh…yup, unless you want takes on dead bugs and McDonalds)

    Improvement to less than mediocre. Sacks 50/50 between OL and O’Korn not getting rid of the ball. PSU took away the run by playing it tight, and passing O went how it is. Coaching this team has to be a special kind of hell for Pep Hamilton. We’ll see Peters eventually. Yelling “accountability” on the internet totally works guys. Big reason we want Michigan to win is to stop the stupid takes.

    2. The Defense

    starts at 28:00

    Good news: Joe Moorhead is going to be a head coach elsewhere next year. McSorley played out of his mind. You’d think after watching Dalvin Cook vs. McCray they wouldn’t let that matchup happen with Barkley, but they did—Hudson blitzes were too aggressive. Barkley as the QB was a really good idea, good example of how to use a guy worth overreacting to.

    3. Hockey

    starts at 44:53

    Michigan peppered Vermont on Friday for not much to show for it, then got some lucky goals on Saturday. Team looks like what we hoped they’d be: not very talented but defense is solid and they get after it. Lockwood is super-fast. Hughes trying to do too much but does cool stuff.

    4. Around the Big Ten with Jamie Mac

    starts at 58:41

    Would Maryland take John O’Korn? Would Illinois? Would Rutgers? Minnesota? Northwestern? Would…omigod…most of the conference? Akrum Wadley has mad talent and can’t get out of the backfield. Illinois is all true freshmen and Jeff George Jr. Rutgers had 212 yards and 8 first downs…and won? Purdue couldn’t convert a 3rd or 4th down for their lives. Mike DeBord runs three straight inside zones and punts on 4th and 2. Also two QB draws then threw a fade to not Cobbs. Also a ref jobbing for MSU. LJ Scott had a 7-play suspension: one for each arrest. Wisconsin had just 9 drives, averaged 8 plays per drive.

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    MUSIC:

    • “Mattress”—Atmosphere
    • “Ultralight Beam”—Kanye West
    • “Lights Follow”—Matthew Heath and Grady Griggs
    • “Across 110th Street”

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    MGoRadio 3.6: Up Down Same

    MGoRadio 3.6: Up Down Same

    Submitted by Seth on October 19th, 2017 at 7:31 PM

    1 hour, 30 minutes

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    The Sponsors

    We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

    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, Lantana Hummus and Ecotelligent Homes

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    1. Indiana After UFR

    starts at 0:25

    Indiana’s in the Denard 2012 part of the inevitable offensive fadeout under new management. Long and Hill and Watson excelled against Simmie Cobbs, who’s the best WR they’re likely to face this year. Dwumfour has a rotation role now. Gary breakout. Refs had a terrible game—McCray cut block, Metellus thing, and Fant got the worst PI maybe ever. Ran a freshman offense for O’Korn; that throw into double-coverage on a two-man route summarizes the passing offense; where do we go from here? Running game is finally coming into its own.

    2. Mid-Mezzo-Equidistant Feels

    starts at 28:24

    The defense is above where we thought they’d be, especially the cornerbacks. Keith Washington loss isn’t even a thing so far. Noah Furbush: defensive fullback as your backup DT! Special teams the returns could be better but nice not to worry about kicker all of a sudden and nobody saw Foug coming. QB… RB… OL… But hey TE is up despite Wheatley being hurt and Bunting falling off. WR…fuh.

    3. Gimmicky Top Five: Favorite Things About Penn State

    starts at 52:05

    Nick Hopwood of Peak Wealth Management joins us. Some of these are really actually nice, like they have good tailgating, the stadium is kinda nice inside, and their uniforms are never uniformz, and they let you get revenge on Gerry DiNardo. Joe Pa was basically a guy with a sideline pass.

    4. Penn State Preview

    starts at 1:10:20

    How is that defense very good? They’re very stout up front with the DT firm of Cothran and Cothren. The new DEs are good; Shareef Miller especially. Still have some stars in the secondary and Cabinda at linebacker is a solid dude. PSU gets pressure from blitzers. Barkley has 29 catches on 32 targets—he’s very very good—Devin Bush will have to draw him in coverage. Missing that big play receiver (Gesicki isn’t it as much this year) to replace Godwin. OL is a bunch of guards and look like Michigan in stats, but it’s Michigan with a quarterback and a Heisman candidate.

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    MUSIC:

    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. This week our bumper music was provided by the Beatles on Ukulele Project.

    • “Fixing a Hole” by the Repairmen
    • “Paperback Writer” by the Noble Three
    • “Back in the U.S.S.R. by A.L.X.
    • “Across 110th Street”

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    WTKA Roundtable 10/19/2017: Détente

    WTKA Roundtable 10/19/2017: Détente

    Submitted by Seth on October 19th, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Reminder, we have a live podcast at 5 p.m. TONIGHT at THE JOLLY PUMPKIN and NICK HOPWOOD of PEAK WEALTH MANAGEMENT is buying BEER for YOU!

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    [Marc-Grégor Campredon]

    Things discussed:

    • Craig now sits between Ed and Brian, who get along. Craig is a bystander.
    • Offensive adjustments: more manball. Michigan went to a Harbaugh identity: 22 personnel and equal parts power and inside zone.
    • Higdon made yards, won the game with his OT run, which wasn’t even his best.
    • O’Korn: coaches gave him a freshman gameplan and avoided him as soon as they got a two-score lead. Coaches say he always wants to make the big play and a lot of coaching him is settling him down.
    • The bad man yelled: horrible PI wiped out a Fant interception, then Tom Allen flagrantly violated the “Just for Jim Harbaugh” rule to get 10 calls in a row to go his way (says Craig). Yes, Urban doesn’t get flagged for this either: it’s just Harbaugh.
    • Indiana pass pro success: got their RT back, used an RB to block Bush, which didn’t go well for them but went better than leaving Bush unblocked.
    • Stunt game should be shelved—just opens up running lanes. Too tricky. Mone effect means less pass rush too.
    • Speight earlier this season? Pressure, WRs, stopped seeing things and lost footwork.
    • Sam has a recap of his Brandon Peters take: no he’s not a whiff, he’s not bad, he’s not transferring, he’s not behind, he’s a freshman and the offense asks the quarterback to be very advanced before and after the snap. Sam Darnold was a different story: he came in and threw 2-yard passes to 5-star receivers as a freshman.
    • PSU: McSorley is a B+, Barkley is legit. This isn’t an national championship team but it’s a very good one that’s closer to challenging Ohio State than losing to Michigan.

    You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

    Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

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    MGoRadio 3.5: God Bless Your Cotton-Pickin’ Maize & Blue Podcast

    MGoRadio 3.5: God Bless Your Cotton-Pickin’ Maize & Blue Podcast

    Submitted by Seth on October 12th, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    1 hour and 25 minutes

    MGoRadio was recorded before a live retail audience at The Bo Store, 333 S. Main Street. Special Guests: Michigan historian Dr. Sap and Dennis from the OC

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    The Sponsors

    We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

    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, Lantana Hummus and Ecotelligent Homes

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    1. MSU After UFR: Pitch a Bitch

    starts at 1:00

    Ace lays out all the takes to pick out which ones are valuable and which are fire/stupid. One and four: dumb. Time for Peters? Might be. Fire Drevno? Right tackle was bad but the offensive line as a whole stepped forward. Long discussion on going to concerts.

    2. Indiana Preview

    starts at 32:15

    They’ve benched their quarterback for a redshirt freshman—maybe he’ll throw the ball to unstoppable receiving god Simmie Cobbs. That’s not the end of Indiana’s receiving threats though they’re a bit banged up. That is the end of their offense. Their defense is Michigan-lite. They’re going to wreck us there.

    3. Gimmicky Top Five: Favorite Play-by-Play Calls of All Time

    starts at 46:00

    Gus Johnson, Keith Jackson, Bill Raftery, Kenny Albert, Bob Ufer, and Rychialivyak Llissander Wolffsbaan Þormundur III (I think that’s his name) top our lists of favorite all-time announcer calls, a segment we came up with because we were all excited about…

    4. People Doing Impressions of Bob Ufer

    starts at 1:12:24

    Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis, Michigan historian and a man who knew more about Schembechler’s Michigan than Millie joins us to pay tribute the legendary Michigan broadcaster Bob Ufer. In the 40s and 50s, as America was still mired in its McCarthyism, Ufer was the color and enthusiasm in a black and white Pleasantville world. He conveyed to you through his broadcast style that it was ok to be who you are and not be someone else or someone that somebody else wanted you to be. At least that’s what Sap meant to say when Brian asked him for his thoughts and he kind of wistfully said “Yeah. Yeah.”

    Also we have Ace try to perform some Ufer-isms, and Dennis from the OC calls in to show us what a real Ufer impressionist sounds like. Also Bo does a spot-on Ufer. Also Brian’s kid.

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    MUSIC:

    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. This week our bumper music was provided by On The Line from their album Color Tour. The songs were “Road of Reoccurrence”, “Lydia”, and “Red Skies.” Plus “Across 110th Street”.

    Ufer tracks are available at www.ufer.org

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      WTKA Roundtable 10/12/2017: Be More Like Fran

      WTKA Roundtable 10/12/2017: Be More Like Fran

      Submitted by Seth on October 12th, 2017 at 11:36 AM

      Getting this out right away because we have an MGoPodcast tonight.

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      [Eric Upchurch]

      Things discussed:

      • Sadness, despair, hate, turnovers. O’Korn took sacks when he didn’t have to, missed open guys in front of his face.
      • Offensive pass interference committed with impunity.
      • Offensive line problems aren’t going away: have to scheme around the bad protection. Craig suggests going to the Vikings RB receiver offense.
      • Time spent on inside zone all offseason was wasted. Stuff that worked was what worked in 2015.
      • What more can you want than DPJ running a fly just down the numbers?
      • The receivers: they’re missing Black, got a guy in Perry, Crawford is out there blocking but not receiving well. DPJ needs to get some of those targets. These guys need to be better coached.
      • Not getting Evans or DPJ the ball in space.
      • Michigan had no quarterback run game in this game: MSU ignored O’Korn on the zone read and he’s a good runner.
      • How much credit to Michigan State? Not bad for an offseason catastrophe, but they won by four when up five on turnovers and up 10 on luck stuff. They’re a 6-6 or 7-5 team, but they’re not a good team.
      • That’s a sad thing: Michigan has to be a lot better since most of the teams they’ll play the rest of the year are better than these Spartans.
      • More O’Korn: saw the things that lost him his job at Houston. He wasn’t running Michigan’s offense in 2015 when he was generating all the hype because he was on the scout team.
      • Indiana: offensive line is terrible, chuck and pray offense, their defense is going to wreck our offense.

      You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

      Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

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      MGoPodcast 9.6: I Don’t Eat My Friends

      MGoPodcast 9.6: I Don’t Eat My Friends

      Submitted by Seth on October 9th, 2017 at 8:03 AM

      1 hour and 6 minutes

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      [Bryan Fuller]

      We Couldn’t Have One Without the Other

      We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

      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, Lantana Hummus and new this week introducing Ecotelligent Homes

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      1. The Offense

      starts at 1:00

      That’s the O’Korn we remember from Indiana. Right tackle is a massive hole. Think this team needs a receivers coach and needs to adjust better to what it cannot do. Drevno what exactly do you do here moment.

      2. The Defense

      starts at 27:47

      Dominant again: State’s one successful power play was surprising because we never see a normal play work against them. Hurst was mighty. State got just about everything on frippery and luck, which was in abundance. Michigan will be in every game as long as the defense plays like this.

      3. Special Teams and Feelingsball

      starts at 39:09

      Michigan got close to blocking a bunch of punts and got to one of them—first time this year that it looked like a solid special teams win. Maybe go for it on 4th and 2 but when your offense is butt and you’re in a 1950s game that’s fine. Don’t take the ball out of the endzone on kickoffs please.

      4. Around the Big Ten with Jamie Mac

      starts at 48:20

      All bad blowouts. Ferentz decides to coach this week. Barkley had –7 rushing yards in the 3rd quarter. Minnesota-Purdue was probably the most interesting. Is Purdue going to challenge Wisconsin for the West or is that just the Badgers’ birthright still?

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      MUSIC:

      • “This Night Has Opened My Eyes”—The Smiths
      • “Nineteen Years Old”—Muddy Waters
      • “Everyday is Like Sunday”—The Smiths
      • “Across 110th Street”

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      MGoRadio 3.4: How to Throw a Wicked Dad-Rave

      MGoRadio 3.4: How to Throw a Wicked Dad-Rave

      Submitted by Seth on October 6th, 2017 at 7:14 PM

      1 hour and 23 minutes

      37036611181_d163d4a9db_o[Eric Upchurch]

      MGoRadio was recorded before a live retail audience at The Bo Store, 333 S. Main

      Special Guests: Marlin Jackson (see you 2-5 tomorrow at Homes Brewery to watch football and support the Fight for Life Foundation)

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      The Sponsors

      We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking to ourselves.

      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, Lantana Hummus and new this week introducing Ecotelligent Homes

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      Purdue After UFR: The Offense

      starts at 1:00

      O’Korn yay and the rest is grumblin’. Backs are not getting yards themselves consistently; this one Higdon did but had a fumble. Right tackle “Never Forget” roster is run down. Receivers are what they are. Upside is in the tight end group. Good peripheral blocking from the fullbacks is wasted when the OL isn’t clicking.

      Purdue After UFR: The Defense

      starts at 18:22

      Man are they good. Purdue only got a few Jeff Brohm things and then Michigan downloaded it. Nice to see the throwback screens shut down, though that’s still somewhat dangerous. Devin Bush is amazing. Rashan Gary isn’t getting the stats but when you break down the film he’s sucking up doubles and creating for Winovich, Hurst, and the linebackers. Furbush: secret weapon.

      Gimmicky Top Five: Things You Don’t Want Jim Harbaugh to See on MGoBlog

      starts at 33:21

      So a few weeks ago former MGoBlog employee Tom Van Haaren did a shoot for ESPN with JT (foreground) where you can clearly make out Jon Falk showing Jack Harbaugh a user’s page on MGoBlog. So we asked Ace and Brian to name the five things they wouldn’t want Schembechler Hall reading. We’ll no commit those to writing or post the links because that would be cruel so instead here’s a picture:

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      4. Marlin Jackson and Michigan State Preview

      starts at 47:48

      Marlin joins us mid-way through the segment after some technical difficulties that Seth was completely absolved of. Zero guesses which position he would want to play in Don Brown’s defense.

      Michigan State is a series of unfortunate things: they’re not good, but Lewerke can make some things happen, LJ Scott is dangerous, and the defense is back to playing their old aggressive quarters when circumstances/Iowa allow them to. The bad news: circumstances may allow them to.

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      MUSIC:

      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. This week it's WILSON, i.e. a guy named Josh Wilson who sent us the afore-linked album. Songs used: “Captain”, “Ride”, and “World Class”. Also “Across 110th Street”

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        WTKA Roundtable 10/5/2017: The Joe Tiller Memorial Gameplan

        WTKA Roundtable 10/5/2017: The Joe Tiller Memorial Gameplan

        Submitted by Seth on October 6th, 2017 at 7:33 AM

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        [Bryan Fuller]

        Things discussed:

        • State previewed: OL troubles. They look good in Ed’s pass D stats because opponents have missed all of their wide open deep guys.
        • Brian’s gameplan: Don’t run at all. State couldn’t press versus ND and that changed MSU’s ability to swamp the run game. Pick on their safeties all day.
        • State’s gonna run the jet, and run speed options in high-leverage situations. Positive effect from playing Air Force?
        • Lewerke is a good athlete who looks good 60% of the time and looks crazy the rest.
        • Bad week to be without Tarik Black. Pass pro and take deep shots on these guys. DPJ please.
        • James “Doug” Foug versus their guy should give Michigan the special teams edge despite the lack of Peppers.
        • Ed defends Brian’s totally sane suggestion that Michigan go with the Joe Tiller Tribute offense.
        • Offensive line cohesion is a big deal according to an older caller whose great-grandfather used to hang around Hangersturfer’s and listen to Craig talk about strategy when the forward pass was still just a gimmick.
        • Tight end-focused route combinations: get the ball in Zentry’s hands.
        • State gonna test the O’Neill crew’s willingness to flag OPI: they run a ton of pick routes, and their corners want to play up and grabby. Craig believes we’ll get a neutral game because we’ve been talking about these guys so long.
        • Nunez thoughts: reminds Craig of THJ. Very good spot-up shooter, rare among his generation he can shoot an actual jumper. Castleton is a skinny shot-blocker.

        You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

        Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

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