MGoPodcast 9.0: Preview 2017 Part III: Nemeses and Feelingsies

45 minutes


This is Part 3/3. Part 1 was the offense. Part 2 was the defense and special teams. This one is about all the games, and all the feels.


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The Previews

FLORIDA (starts at 1:00) Leaning on the defense and that’s like ours: talented and really young. We’ll take Michigan’s coaching over McElwain and co. any day of the week, especially Shark Week.

CINCINNATI (starts at 4:40) They lost a lot after their last coach was mailing it in. Ohio State’s punishment for Jim Tressel was probably a good hire but it’s too early for that to bear fruit.

AIR FORCE (starts at 5:50) Quarterback and running back are good. They’re Air Force (thanks Dave Brandon!) so they’ll cut the hell out of our linemen. We like Don Brown in this game better than Michigan’s post-Alabama single-high approach last time.

@PURDUE (starts at 8:00) Best coaching improvement in the country. They have GRIII’s little brother and that’s about it for talent.

MICHIGAN STATE (starts at 9:12) They were an old team with 13 unexpected departures. What’s the same? LJ Scott, some OLBs, some DTs, and 1 or 2 guys named Allen. What’s better? No McDowell.

@INDIANA (starts at 13:25) Why did you release Kevin Wilson if Ohio State was going to scoop him up? Now DeBord is the OC. Tom Allen, the former DC promoted to HC has a Don Brown-ish defense.

@PENN STATE (starts at (16:55) If you like long bombs and “tuddies” you’ll like this team. They’re…overrated? Rex Grossman-ing worked for them. Barkley and McSorley are good and good for college. Cothran & Cothren is a good law firm name.

RUTGERS (starts at 21:47) The Friday night before this game we’re going to have a charity event at that same place on Hoover where the top donors get to pick which highly accurate former Michigan team they want to play on NCAA 2014 in our 2nd ever Bo Bowl. Ace is the defending champion so he gets to play his 2006s again. Details when we’ve got it all put together. Saturday is Homecoming and Michigan will win.

MINNESOTA (starts at 21:48) They lost their great secondary, got some running backs, really no quarterbacks. Probably not yet very good, but Fleck will recruit his way into competition. Is Fleck good or just a good recruiter who Corey Davis’d the MAC?

@MARYLAND (starts at 24:03) Walt Bell schemed them into a great running game despite 3/5 bad OL, and almost no passing downfield. Great QB names. Some good players though: Carter, Opara, Aniebonam, and those running backs.

@WISCONSIN (starts at 27:14) Losing Cichy is big for them except they seem to produce middle linebackers out of nowhere. The offense isn’t that scary. Going to Madison is.

THE GAME (starts at 30:05) Brian tries to speak French. They’ve got some holes on their offensive line. The guys disagree on Mike Weber. They got Kevin Wilson, their wideouts will be better. “Zone Six!” Their defense…HEY LOOK CLEMSON

The Feels

starts at 38:11

Getting OSU at home is big. Hope the OL holds up just well enough to beat Florida and don’t get hurt against Air Force and it’s not a bad year. Penn State and Wisconsin on the road are the only circles until those guys. Michigan could be an Outback-ish team, or a team like PSU last year that gets to the playoff by upsetting OSU then gets exposed.



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August 23rd, 2017 at 4:16 PM ^

What is the opening music on the podcast from? If I had to guess, I would say it's the intro music to college football coverage from the 70s or 80s. Anyone know?


August 24th, 2017 at 11:51 AM ^

And just to provide additional context to copacetic's helpful link: it was the theme music to "Michigan Reply" for at least a decade.  And back then, Michigan Reply was absolutely essential viewing for the Michigan football fan, because it was the average fan's only chance to hear Bo's opinion on what had happened on the best and worst plays of the game.  Plus in the 70s and early 80s most of the games were not televised, there was no ESPN, and at best you might see a minute coverage on the evening news.  So tuning in to Michigan Reply Sunday morning let you actually see the highlights and lowlights that you'd heard on the radio the day before.


August 23rd, 2017 at 7:42 PM ^

I thought that idea was largely debunked. In the press conference I thought the context was could players be suspended for longer and McElwain said "until it's resolved."

Some interpreted it as wiggle room if it's resolved prior to kickoff. But it seems most think he meant MORE games could be effected, not an intention to play Callaway against Michigan.

But since there is room for interpreting it differently, I doubt Florida has an incentive to clarify. May as well keep Michigan guessing.

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August 23rd, 2017 at 8:33 PM ^

I think Ohio State will miss Hooker at safety more than Brian does. I'm optimistic, but I'm also realistic. The second safety spot next to Webb is the biggest question mark on the defense.


August 23rd, 2017 at 11:01 PM ^

DeBordian impact on Hoosier QB Richard Lagow.

While Kevin Wilson left for the OC role at Ohio State, the former Indiana QB Coach and Indiana Offensive Coordinator, Kevin Johns, s now in Kalamazoo coaching the O for the Broncos under new HC Tim Lester.



August 24th, 2017 at 12:35 AM ^

will eat Florida's QB for breakfast (with a belly rub, of course!). Hope they get QB and WR play similar to what we had against Utah in 2015, masking our (hopefully nonexistent) deficiencies in our secondary. Hopefully, our freshman WRs could burn the Florida secondary just like Chesson burning Hargreaves in the Citrus bowl.

P.S. I AM NOT SOMEWITTYNAME!!! I'm just trying to sound coy with this username, and my profile pic is (hopefully) trying to accomplish the same thing.


August 24th, 2017 at 1:38 PM ^

I would like to believe this team has an 11-1 season in it. The fact is that we should beat every team on the schedule, apart from OSU, and even that game, at home, is winnable. It feels to me that three losses in each of the last two seasons was largely due to bad luck (especially MSU 2015 and OSU 2016). I have to believe that those bad breaks will stop going against us for at least one season. 


August 24th, 2017 at 3:31 PM ^

seems like there might have been too much time devoted to Rutgers.  That time could have been spent on a more worthy opponent, like opposing QB's vs. throwing from inside Mo Hurst's belly or Michigan kickers vs. kicking the ball through the uprights.  Sorry to nitpick.