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WTKA Roundtable 11/8/2018: So Much Simpler Comment Count

Seth November 9th, 2018 at 8:36 AM

Things discussed:

  • You don't want that timeout, Frames.
  • Hail the great Pistol Formation idea: Michigan's been using an arc zone with split zone action—this was just putting the TEs out there.
  • Harbaugh at the Orange Bowl: "The backdoor's open!"
  • Hail the great J.Uche idea! Michigan is getting a sack on 1 in 5 passing downs. He's 17th in the country in sacks.
  • Gary's return: a little miscalibrated but created the Glasgow sack and is still ridiculous.
  • PSU minus Moorhead is a bit silly.
  • Jet action game was prepped but didn't come off.
  • Shea is accurate deep, getting good at reading and running, still short of a killer.
  • Rutgers: Michigan covers.
  • Nordin wobbles? That block was not his fault.
  • Tight end blocking issues, particularly McKeon, who's getting the hard jobs.
  • The world would split in twain if Michigan gets left out of playoffs.
  • Playoff predictions: what's the chance Bama, ND or Clemson loses anyway?
  • Warinner effect?
  • SEC bias is overrating LSU and jerking everyone else up. SEC title loser is not in the playoffs.

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

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.


"Before you have a revolution you have to have a revolutionary theory."



November 9th, 2018 at 8:47 AM ^

Imagine this scenario. Two 12-1 teams. Both team's single loss is to a playoff team. One team's loss was on the road in the first game of the year. The other was in a neutral field in the last game of the year. The first team has a conference championship, the 2nd team doesn't. 

Obviously in this scenario, there is no rational way to justify putting team #2 in over the other. I just don't know how the committee could justify that.


November 9th, 2018 at 8:55 AM ^

Does Frames Janklin practice bad game management, in particular burning time outs, during the week?  It seems like one would have to work hard to maintain the level of continuity that he has.


November 9th, 2018 at 9:37 AM ^

Couple comments:

If everyone keeps winning, and Bama loses in SEC title game, they ARE in.  They will not be left out.

Not to worry, but 1 of the top 3 WILL lose at least 1 game, probably 2 from here on out.  ND by itself has 2.5 games they could lose (counting FSU as the .5, it could happen, but FSU really, really sucks this year).  Expect ND to lose to either a very good Syracuse, or a must win coach hot seat USC at USC to salvage his job.




November 9th, 2018 at 9:53 AM ^

Personally, I wouldn't mind a situation that would expose how much of a farce this 4 team "playoff" system really is - as long as UM isn't one of the teams that gets screwed over by it.

Reggie Dunlop

November 9th, 2018 at 10:33 AM ^

From Partridge's Wednesday presser that was posted to the front page of this blog:


What happened on that blocked field goal? Was it miscommunication?

“On, no, no. We just did not execute. We just decided to not use technique and just had a mental mistake at the left end spot.”

So it wasn’t anything Penn State did, like overloading that spot?

“No. No overload, no nothing. They just rushed over the gap and we didn’t — we just had a mistake that kids sometimes have. Gotta get it fixed, or get someone that’s not gonna make the mistake in there.”


The kick was blocked because Gentry failed his blocking assignment. Nordin didn't "miss" it. Any kicker we ever had or will ever have will miss 100% of the kicks that hit a defender's arms.

And no, Nordin doesn't look slow to me at all. I don't kick field goals, so what do I know, but I'd disagree with that. If he were slow, he'd be replaced.


November 9th, 2018 at 2:42 PM ^

I disagree that Shea is accurate deep. Against PSU,at least two deep balls were underthrown, whether that had to do with the wind, I don't know.

The 47 yard completion to Collins would have been a TD if he hit him in stride, and the goal line deflection to DPJ was damn lucky not to be intercepted.

We've got long, tall WR's and he's not taking advantage of their catch radii.