WTKA Roundtable 11-17-2016: They Got Away With It

WTKA Roundtable 11-17-2016: They Got Away With It

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[Patrick Barron]

Things discussed:

  • Iowa minus the points left on the field: why did Speight turn into bad Speight?
  • Comedy of errors—hit just one more pass and game script flips.
  • This team lives off their pass efficiency.
  • Officiating: Craig started drinking immediately when he saw who was doing it. Wasn’t on the level of either of the last two MSU games
  • Pepcat package needs a counter to scrape exchanges.
  • Indiana is a pair of linebackers; new defensive coordinator deserves the Broyles.
  • Playoff handicapping:Would 1-loss Ohio State be left out of the playoffs?
  • Taking calls: Gary and Mone?
  • What’s O’Korn? Tate Forcier with size or Hackenberg with coaching?

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WTKA Roundtable 11-10-2016: The Speightening

WTKA Roundtable 11-10-2016: The Speightening

45 minutes

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[Bryan Fuller]

Things discussed:

  • Watching Harbaugh set the world on fire is a mood-improving experience
  • The Speightening! Best one-half performance by a quarterback in Michigan history? Benny Friedman inventing the forward pass and the Drew Bowl in 2000 are the comps.
  • Speight was ready to transfer to N.C. State before Drake Harris talked him out of it [ED-Seth: reminder that almost every player ever has thought of transferring]
  • Maryland was a terrible run defense so skepticism on the run’s success. Their pass D was probably overrated because nobody bothered to pass on them.
  • Receivers bounce back!
  • Defense’s holes are becoming apparent on the edge.
  • Defending Ohio State: Limit pressure on Barrett by squeezing him into a tiny pocket and make him throw uncomfortably.
  • Ed’s three most overrated teams this preseason: Iowa, MSU, and Houston. MSU and Iowa were highly fortunate teams who are reverting to who they are.
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  • The Situation Trophy!
  • Louisville vs. Michigan if Michigan and Washington have a loss.
  • Hoops.

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WTKA Roundtable 11-3-2016: Takeaways

WTKA Roundtable 11-3-2016: Takeaways

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[Patrick Barron]

Things discussed:

  • State’s first drive was an evil thing of beauty.
  • Peppers and the beautiful play.
  • There are holds and then there’s HOLDS, and State was getting away with a ton of the latter. Second-straight year this game was officiated by monkeys.
  • How do we fix officiating? Rewrite rulebook to be more clear. Make discretionary decisions reviewable.
  • Challenges have bias: this call’s not wrong, it’s pining for the fields.
  • CFP selection: why is Texas A&M in there?
  • Not worried about defense after MSU. One Dantonio Special drive and then some holding and stuff.
  • Most overrated player in college football history? Hackenberg? Archie Griffin? Ron Dayne? Ron Dayne.
  • Is shine off Tom Herman? Nope. Brian Kelly?
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WTKA Roundtable 10/26/2016

WTKA Roundtable 10/26/2016

43 minutes

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[Fuller]

Things discussed:

  • Competition junkies vs. fake punt conspiracy theories
  • Michigan’s not playing these teams; they’re playing Ohio State.
  • Speight’s bye week refinement.
  • How is State going to move the ball? Was O’Connor saved for this game?
  • Blocking punts: has Michigan solved the spread?
  • Big XII offense: nearly a mile a game.
  • How good is Washington? Man, if Josh Rosen didn’t play for a crap program
  • Hoops open practice: Xavier Simpson can D, no shoot, might be enough to push Walton to the 2 and use MAAR as your rotation guy.

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WTKA Roundtable 10/20/2016

WTKA Roundtable 10/20/2016

43 minutes

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[Paul Sherman]

Things discussed:

  • At least Notre Dame didn’t jazz us this year.
  • Michigan State as the Beilein Michigan program: how did they get so bad so fast?How good are they when they inevitably rebound?
  • What did we learn about Ohio State? The next pro offense of any consequence they’ll see is Michigan. The trick to Bad J.T. Barrett is make it rain.
  • Don Brown’s DBs are much better prepared for Ohio State.
  • Biggest concern until Columbus: Indiana.
  • Playoff route is beat Ohio State and win conference championship, period.
  • Mo Hurst had his best week of practice ever.
  • Purdue should run the triple option.
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WTKA Roundtable 10/13/2016

WTKA Roundtable 10/13/2016

45 minutes

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[Patrick Barron]

 

Things discussed:

  • Brown played a lot of the game in a dime-ish package with three down linemen—looked like Michigan practicing against Ohio State. Odd fronts, Taco at LB depth.
  • Josh Metellus might be a find; Devin Bush Sr. is angry he wasn’t more recruited. Devin Asiasi almost certainly is.
  • DL salivation: Taco is into the backfield before you can say Ta. Finally seeing Mone too. Mo Hurst is basically back; for Godin to start over him is wow-ish. Both holding up to double teams well.
  • What’s up with State? Last year they were more like a lucky 8-4 team that now lost Burbridge and Cook. MSU/Northwestern has M00N potential. Ohio State vs Wisconsin looks like flipside of Michigan vs. Wisconsin.
  • Peppers Heisman diagnosis: excellent arc block plus Rutgers is bad plus Denard vibe. If he can singlehandedly beat Ohio State and build 1200 houses there’s a chance.

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WTKA Roundtable 10-6-2016

WTKA Roundtable 10-6-2016

34 minutes

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[Melanie Maxwell, The Ann Arbor News]

They were at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated, now-air conditioned IM building. The sound isn’t great.

Things discussed:

Part 1: Wisconsin

  • That was the game when missing field goals really hurts—get Wisconsin behind and M’s defensive line can tee off.
  • Hornibrook turtling was emblematic of the game, and Michigan’s much improved lane integrity. Taco helps.
  • 350 yards against a very good defense is fine. Isaac and Smith had good games.
  • Was Michigan’s offense elite by the end of last year, or was Florida just mailing it in?

Part 2: David Siegle, IM director and NCAA official

  • David Siegle, headmaster of intramural sports, talks about the IM building renovations.
  • What’s a catch? What is targeting? Mostly the coaches are making the rules, and they want to avoid head injuries. Officials with the cameras are weirdly not applying this rule.
  • The Newsome knee-cut: maybe 5 years from now there will be either no cut blocks or just OL right after the snap.

Part 3: Mr. and Mrs. Sam Webb

  • Rutgers had 116 yards against Ohio State and lost 59-0. With the home field advantage flipped that should be 130 yards and 52-0.
  • Mrs. Webb works at the IM building. Sam used to get kicked and elbowed for snoring, then he got drugged.
  • Another 9 minutes of Sam talking that I want it to be known I didn’t listen to, Mrs. Webb.
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WTKA Roundtable 9-29-2016

WTKA Roundtable 9-29-2016

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[Eric Upchurch]

Things discussed:

  • Player reevaluations: Speight as poor man’s Ben Roethlisberger? Higdon runs behind his pads. Ed congratulates Harbaugh on his correct 4th down decision-making. Hard to take a lot seriously because they were facing No Linebackers U.
  • Jim Harbaugh as Frank Caliendo: Not only is Harbaugh’s heart in the right place, he can also do an excellent Darth Vader.
  • MSU-Wisconsin things: Short game. Was a 10-6 game but for the turnovers. O’Connor is not good. Wisconsin’s kicker being out forced them to use correct game theory. Hornibrook found the weak spot in State’s defense, which is Demetrius Cox, and played that all day.
  • Badger Offense: The offense lacks speed and playmakers. Hornibrook doesn’t have a good arm but he’s got better vision than Bart Houston. Clement doesn’t look like himself at all. Same might be said for the Wisconsin running game.
  • Badger Defense: Best defense Michigan has played by far. They have a 340-pound nose, all of the linebackers are stars. Blitz out of the 3-4 very effectively. Michigan can win this game with special teams and defense.
  • One more loss for ol’ Notre Dame: their defense is putrid, corners to blame! Could not run, can’t stop the pass—there’s trouble when Kizer will leave for the draft. South Bend could have a 5-7 year. Firing Van Gorder won’t change that gear. This stuff’s all just par for course for the losers of Notre Dame!

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WTKA Roundtable 9-22-2016

WTKA Roundtable 9-22-2016

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[Patrick Barron]

Things discussed:

  • The sound is a little weird. This is because Craig is in the wrong chair, probably.
  • Iowa falls, Ed is kermittishly sipping tea.
  • Peppersageddon. Why are you trying Peppers on the edge?
  • Repetition will make the defense better.
  • Worry about Braden/blitz pickups.
  • Colorado’s nose tackle is good.
  • Let’s hope Speight was injured and trust in Harbaugh
  • Ohio State-Oklahoma. Is Louisville a playoff team—they’ve got Clemson and Houston on the schedule.

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WTKA Roundtable 9/15/16: I Bite My Thumb at You Sir

WTKA Roundtable 9/15/16: I Bite My Thumb at You Sir

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Things discussed:

  • The most depressing 37-point win ever
  • Offensive line play: left guard is a problem, new center causing issues in blitz assignments? That’s probably on TEs and OTs.
  • Speight is hitting chests, Chessons.
  • Winovich and Gary: overpursuit puppies.
  • The 87-yarder was mostly Dymonte Thomas misjudging literally a track athlete.
  • Colorado: much better than we though pre-season. Like maybe a 6-7 team.
  • Jim Harbaugh did not eat boogers. But he may have bit his thumb at Scott Frost.

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