The Michigan Insider

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 Jan 6, 2020

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The Michigan Insider is combining all three of its podcasts, The Wolverine247 podcast, The Michigan Recruiting Insider, and the Michigan Basketball Insider into one mega-podcast. All your Michigan podcast needs in one place.

Episode Date
Michigan came back to beat Rutgers, what does it mean?
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In this episode we tackle some of the biggest takeaways and talking points from the Wolverines’ 48-42 triple-overtime win at Rutgers. We begin by looking at redshirt freshman quarterback Cade McNamara’s performance, and if we think that means he will start and be Michigan’s primary quarterback the rest of the way. We also look at what an apparent switch at quarterback means for Joe Milton, the repercussions for the rest of the offense and how valid McNamara’s performance was. We then switch to the defensive side of the ball, and discuss if there’s truly any hope for Michigan’s defense after another brutal performance. We discuss if any change can be made the rest of the way, along with other factors that have led to the Wolverines' defensive demise. We also discuss how much of Michigan's improved running game was Michigan and how much was Rutgers, and discuss fair expectations for the Wolverines the rest of the way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2020
Protecting Commitments, Poaching Others, & Getting first 5-star Domino to Fall - Michigan Recruiting Insider
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Sam Webb, Brice Marich, and Steve Lorenz discuss Ja'Den McBurrows' affirmation of his commitment and the uncertainty of Jaydon Hood's. Attention then turns to the strong threat Michigan continues to pose for Florid State commitment Omarion Copper. The impact of Michigan's strong standing with five-star corners Will Johnson nd Domani Jackson on other players, namely Isaac Thompson and Dillon Tatum, is explored. So too is the Fast approaching decision of five-star running back Donovan Edwards. Finally the crew touches on the possibility of Michigan making one last run at Detroit Cass Tech standout and Penn State commitment Kalen King.. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2020
Michigan-Rutgers preview 2020: Can the Wolverines snap three-game skid?
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In our Rutgers preview episode, we look at whether or not the Wolverines can snap their three-game losing streak with a win at Rutgers. We begin by each looking at one thing Michigan (and its fans) can probably feel good about, in addition to one thing the Wolverines should be concerned about. Our discussions look at Michigan’s interior line play on both sides of the ball, the Wolverines’ defense potentially getting a break, Michigan’s need to establish confidence and an identity, the Wolverines’ potential to self-combust and more. Then, we look at players to watch in the matchup. We discuss Michigan’s new quarterback battle, a running back rotation that has been puzzlingly bad, the Wolverines’ potential for improved play on the defensive line and Rutgers’ most dangerous position group. We close with our over-under predictions, our hunch for the game and our final predictions for the contest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2020
Chaundee Brown plans to bring 'dog' to Michigan, Breaking down the newly released schedule, and Projecting the B1G - Michigan Basketball Insider
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Sam Webb and Tim McCormick break down Michigan's newly released schedule and discuss how COVID might impact it. Then they sit down for a lengthy chat with Wake Forest transfer Chaundee Brown about his transition to Michigan, the growth of his game, the impact of Jon Sanderson's strength & conditioning program, his battles with Franz Wagner, and his plan to help fill the void in dog-like mentality left by Zavier Simpson's graduation. Sam and Tim round out the podcast projecting Michigan's finish in the Big 10 race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2020
Huge Recruiting Momentum from Epic Visit Weekend & Will No.1 Basketball Class Establish New Pipelines? - Michigan Recruiting Insider
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Sam Webb, Brice Marich, and Steve Lorenz discuss surprising reactions from top recruits that visited Michigan on a weekend when it lost in blowout fashion to Wisconsin. The team breaks down how JJ McCarthy's presence during the epic visit weekend was key in setting a tone that helped Michigan IMPROVE its standing with elite defensive back targets Ceyair Wright, Domani Jackson, Will Johnson, and Isaac Thompson. Later Josh Henschke joins the podcast to discuss how Michigan's no.1 class could help establish pipelines into two of the most talent-rich high school programs in the country. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2020
Five key questions after Michigan's loss to Wisconsin
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In an episode following our true-false format, we look at five big questions facing the Michigan football team following the Wolverines’ 49-11 loss to No. 13 Wisconsin. We begin by looking at a comment made by a Michigan player about the Wolverines having a “lackadaisical” attitude heading into the game, and if we think that the’s accurate. We look at Michigan’s attitude toward this game, and what we saw in the Wolverines’ body language throughout the night. We then discuss Don Brown, and if his shortcomings have put Michigan in a situation where it can no longer wait until the end of the season to let him go. We debate if Michigan’s defense has regressed, if other teams have figured the Wolverines out, or both. We then turn to Jim Harbaugh, and ponder if he is Michigan’s biggest problem right now. If he isn’t, what is the Wolverines’ biggest issue, and what can Michigan do about it with or without Harbaugh? We then turn our attention to Michigan’s personnel, and debate if it’s time for the Wolverines to bring younger players into key contributing roles. We look at Michigan’s potential quarterback battle, defensive reinforcements and why ultimately it’s a tricky situation for the Wolverines. We then close with a parting shot, as Shaw questions if Michigan’s Athletic Department is paying close enough attention to the Wolverines’ on-field product. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2020
Michigan-Wisconsin 2020 preview
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In this episode, we preview the Michigan football team’s upcoming matchup against No. 13 Wisconsin, offering a comprehensive preview and prediction for the matchup. We open by discussing the latest on the Badgers’ COVID-19 outbreak, including a look at Wisconsin’s return after several days off of practice and uncertainty about Graham Mertz’s status. We then transition to discuss how different the Badgers would look with or without Mertz. Our typical preview discussion follows, as we look at players we’re keeping a closer look at, things Michigan can feel good about, things the Wolverines should be most concerned about and our pregame hunches about the matchup. Along the way, we discuss Wisconsin’s passing game and running game, Michigan’s defensive adjustments or changes, if Michigan can hold up against Wisconsin’s defense and plenty more. We then close with our weekly over-under predictions, looking at what we expect from Joe Milton, Ronnie Bell and Cornelius Johnson, as well as Michigan’s run game, offensive line, Kwity Paye, the Wolverines’ secondary and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2020
The no. 1 recruiting class in the country, Catching up with Eric Turner, and more - Michigan Basketball Insider
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Sam Webb and Tim McCormick discuss five-star power forward Moussa Diabate's commitment to Michigan and how the Wolverines managed to land the nation's best recruiting class. They then recap highlight each member of the class: Caleb Houstan, Frankie Collins, Isaiah Barnes, Kobe Bufkin, and Will Tschetter. The the duo catches up with one of the best high players in to ever play in Michigan, a former standout at the University of Michigan, and one of Tim's former teammates, Eric Turner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2020
Digging into Michigan's struggles, Jim Harbaugh, Don Brown and more
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In an admittedly lengthy episode, we review how Michigan has gotten to this point, what’s next and tackle listener questions about Jim Harbaugh, Don Brown and more. We open by resetting our conversation from Sunday’s episode, looking at the seat temperatures of Brown and Harbaugh. We then go big picture and look at what has gone the most wrong in the Jim Harbaugh era, diving into defensive tackle woes, slow-to-adapt offenses and defenses and possible program-wide overconfidence. We also look at the recruiting side of things, discussing arguable shortcomings at defensive tackle, cornerback, quarterback and more. In the second half of the show, we do more coaching-change discussions. We look at the viability of firing an assistant midseason, why the cons outweigh the pros to waiting until the season ends, what we would do in Michigan’s shoes with Don Brown and a potential Notre Dame comparison. We then discuss Jim Harbaugh’s status with the program, including what we think will happen, coaching candidates we’d look at first if he left, what is going through Harbaugh’s mind and the Athletic Department’s role in what has happened to Michigan and what’s next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2020
Indiana recap and hot seat talk
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In this episode, we break down the Michigan football team's 38-21 loss to No. 13 Indiana, what went wrong for the Wolverines and what's next. We begin by discussing the biggest surprises for Michigan in yet another stunning loss. We look at the Wolverines' continued defensive coverage woes, lack of a pass rush and run game and whether or not Michigan had an energy problem in the first half. We also discuss if the Wolverines can fix some of their issues on both sides of the ball, looking at Michigan's skill position players, the team's defensive tackles and some problems that can't be fixed. We close by taking a temperature at the job status of Michigan's top coaches (Don Brown, Jim Harbaugh, Josh Gattis), then each take our turns "airing it out" on a topic we wanted to discuss further. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2020
Michigan-Indiana preview 2020
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In this episode, we preview the No. 23 Michigan football team’s road matchup against No. 13 Indiana. We begin with some discussions of players we’re keeping a close eye on from the Wolverines. In doing so, we look at Michigan’s offensive line and a potential shakeup among the starting group, if Indiana’s offensive line is a potential weak point, if Daxton Hill’s role should change and how the Wolverines could fare in the ground game. Then, we look at the areas where Michigan should be the most concerned heading into the matchup. Lorenz takes a look at the biggest schematic mismatch in the contest, while Shaw looks at some mental hurdles the Wolverines must avoid as they embark on the rest of their season. Then, we take a look at some over-under predictions, which sparks discussion about Indiana’s defense, how Michigan’s linebackers and defensive linemen can stay involved, Whop Philyor’s potential impact in the game and more. We close with our hunches about the game and our final predictions for the matchup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2020
Director of Personnel & Development Jay Smith, Projecting Chaundee Brown's Impact, Franz Wagner's Breakout, and more - Michigan Basketball Insider
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Sam Webb and Tim McCormick chat with Michigan Director of Personnel & Development Jay Smith about his early impressions from practice, Juwan Howard's evolution as coach, the program's recruiting philosophy, and more. Sam and Tim also share thoughts Chaundee Brown's likely impact, Franz Wagner's improvement, U-M's projected lineup and the significance of Michigan landing five-star wing Caleb Houstan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2020
Consequences of Loss to MSU, Scouting Branden Jennings, and Projecting the Impact of 5-star Wing Caleb Houstan - Michigan Recruiting Insider
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247Sports national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu joins Sam Webb, Brice Marich, and Steve Lorenz to discuss the potential impact of Michigan's loss to Michigan State. Is Rayshaun Benny slipping away from Michigan? Is Andrel Anthony warming up to the Green & White? Was Donovan Edwards impacted by the defeat? Brice also recounts his trip to Florida to scout football commit Branden Jennings. Later 247Sports national basketball recruiting analyst Brian Snow joins the podcast to discuss five-star wing Caleb Houstan's commitment to Michigan, his fit on the roster, his potential impact on five-star wing Charles Bediako, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2020
Unpacking Michigan's debacle vs. MSU and what's next
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In a jam-packed postgame episode, we break down what happened, what it means and what's next following Michigan's stunning 27-24 loss to Michigan State. We begin with fill in the blank questions, discussing what surprised us most, what the Wolverines need to be most worried about moving forward and, if anything, what Michigan may be able to take solace in. Among the areas we touch on include the Wolverines' pass rush woes, secondary issues, lack of a run game, Joe Milton, offensive play-calling and skill position players. In the second half of the podcast, we go big-picture with our true-false segment. We look at whether or not this was Jim Harbaugh's worst loss at Michigan, what a recruiting impact from the loss might be, how warm the seats are for Don Brown, Josh Gattis and Jim Harbaugh and how feasible it is for Michigan to still deliver a "good" season this fall. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2020
Michigan-Michigan State preview 2020
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In this episode, we preview the No. 13 Michigan football team's home tilt against Michigan State. Similar to our formula last week before the Wolverines took on Minnesota, we begin by looking at offensive and defensive players that we're keeping a closer eye on. Along the way, we look at how Michigan State's rushing and passing attacks look, while hypothesizing what Michigan's game plan my be. Then, we look at two things we think the Wolverines should be concerned about. We look at why Michigan State's passing attack could be cause for concern, and why the Spartans' front seven should be a considerable step up from Minnesota's. We close with our weekly over-under segment, looking at how we think Michigan will fare on offense and defense. We then say our final piece before making our score predictions for the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2020
Epic visit weekend on horizon, Recruiting Impact of the Minnesota victory, Josh Burnham, and more - Michigan Recruiting Insider
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Sam Webb, Brice Marich, and Steve Lorenz discuss the potential impact of Michigan dominant victory over Minnesota on Donovan Edwards, Rayshaun Benny, and top 2022 LB target Jaylen Snead. Ten attention turns to the epic visit weekend set to take place in a few weeks. Ceyair Wright, Domani Jackson, and more. Josh Newkirk joins the conversation to discuss his recent trip to see 2022 LB target Josh Burnham and the former Michigan great the talented youngster compares favorably to. He recaps his trip to Georgia to see 2022 TE commit Marlin Klein and 2022 TE target Oscar Delp. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2020
Michigan-Minnesota recap: Wolverines bully Gophers to open season
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In our first postgame episode since the 2019 season, we break down the ins and outs of the Michigan football team’s 49-24 win over then-No. 21 Minnesota. We begin by looking at two offensive and defensive MVPs, and break down how both familiar and new faces stepped up for the Wolverines and what to make of Joe Milton’s first start for Michigan.  Then, we start to look a bit beneath the surface, as we each pick out a player who surprised us. Along the way, we discuss how Michigan’s secondary held up, and what to make of the Wolverines’ freshmen offensive standouts. After that, we each pick a player who did well, but likely won’t get enough credit for their efforts Saturday. Then, we get bigger picture, playing a round of true-false. We tackle questions on how significant Michigan’s win was, a couple other surprising results in the Big Ten, how good the Wolverines’ offense can be, how concerning some of Michigan’s defensive lapses were and more.  Finally, in an experimental feature, we “air it out,” with each of us dishing on topics on our mind that we hadn’t discussed yet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2020
Previewing Michigan's matchup at Minnesota
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In this episode, we preview the No. 18 Michigan football team's road trip to open the season at No. 21 Minnesota. First, we begin by looking at a players to watch on each side of the ball. Along the way, we discuss the weather's role in both teams' run games, and how those matchups play a role in the contest. We also preview to hyped Rashod Bateman vs. Vincent Gray battle, and how Michigan's defensive line stacks up in this contest. We then each look at one thing we think the Wolverines should be worried about, where we both selected offensive weapons Michigan fans might not have heard of. We close our opening segment by going with our guts, filling in the blank on the sentence, "I have a hunch that ____." We then proceed with a staple we've used for multiple years, discussing over-unders ahead of the contest. We close with our final analysis and score prediction for the matchup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 23, 2020
Michigan football 2020 season predictions
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In this episode, we go over a series of predictions for the Michigan football team's 2020 season. Fielding poll results and comments from fans, we break down a number of superlatives and awards. We debate Joe Milton, Zach Charbonnet and other candidates for Offensive MVP, look at Kwity Paye and Aidan Hutchinson as the primary candidates for defensive MVP. We look at a number of break player candidates, revisit our ranking of Michigan's top freshmen and explore potential underrated, unsung heroes for the Wolverines' season. Then, we look at some team predictions, breaking down what we think will be Michigan's biggest win, worst loss and, ultimately, the Wolverines' final record through eight regular season games and an additional Big Ten game. Along the way, we hold discussions on the importance of Michigan's front seven, Penn State vs. Michigan at a few positions, other players who might surprise and other topics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2020
Hunter Dickinson's first Michigan Interview & a rule that will change college bball as we know it - Michigan Basketball Insider
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Sam Webb and Tim McCormick chat with Michigan freshman Hunter Dickinson about his adjustment to Michigan, his game, Michigan's growth & development plan for him, and more. Sam and Tim also share thoughts on why new COVID restrictions on Michigan's campus don't impact student athletes, the new scholarship and transfer rules that will change college basketball as we know it, and Michigan pursuit of five-star wing Caleb Houstan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2020
Flipping Branden Jennings, Jaden McBurrows Shows Out, & U-M's Strong Standing with Top247 DE Justice Finkley - Michigan Recruiting Insider
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Sam Webb interviews the coach new Top247 LB commit Branden Jennings about how he'll fit in Michigan and the coaches that were key to flipping him. Brice Marich joins the discussion to detail Jennings' potential impact on Florida State commitment Omarion Cooper. Then Sam details the thrilling battle between Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas and TRU Prep Academy and the epic battle between Michigan commit Ja'Den McBurrows and the top WR in 2023 Brandon Inniss. Brice closes things out highlighting is trip to Alabama to see Top247 DE Justice Finkley and U-M's surprisingly strong standing with him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2020
Michigan's comeback crew: 10 players who could bounce back in 2020
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In this episode, we highlight Michigan's comeback crew, looking at the Wolverines' 10 veteran players who may play a bigger role than many expected them to play a season ago. Players on this list must meet the following two criteria: 1) Had not started before OR missed the majority of last season to injury or for another reason 2) Are expected to either start or play a significant role this season We removed a few players who subjectively weren't counted out in our eyes, and settled on 10 players we think could bounce back in 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 16, 2020
Michigan's 2017 recruiting class, how no fans and weather will impact 2020 season and more
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In a mailbag episode, we discuss some of the latest conversations going on about Michigan football.  Among the topics we broke down included: -How colder weather will impact Michigan’s 2020 season with four games being played after Thanksgiving. -How a lack of fans will affect the Wolverines’ 2020 season both at home and on the road. -Who will lead Michigan in sacks in 2020 -How the Wolverines’ receivers and tight ends will rank in receiving yards this season -Why Michigan has struggled to land a five-star cornerback, and how much that matters for the Wolverines -Michigan’s 2017 recruiting class — which ranked among the top five yet has not produced even 10 starters yet vs. what changed in the Wolverines’ 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes -Our strategies for rock-paper-scissors and coin flips Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2020
The Battle for Rayshaun Benny, U-M Stronger with FSU Commit, & Three 5-star basketball targets - Michigan Recruiting Insider
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Sam Webb interviews Top247 Oak Park (Mich.) DL/OL Rayshaun Benny about his upcoming decision, the breaks down which contender poses the biggest threat to Michigan with Steve Lorenz and Brice Marich. Then Marich recaps last week's trip to Florida to get definitive word on where Michigan stands with FSU commit Omarion Cooper. He also gives an early look at rising 2022 Naples (Fla.) DB Devin Moore's interest in the Wolverines. Later Brian Snow joins the podcast to update Michigan's standing with Efton Reid. Josh Henschke helps finish out the podcast with a discussion of Michigan's chances with five-stars Charles Bediako and Caleb Houstan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2020
Michigan's 2020 impact freshmen
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In this episode, we introduce and discuss the impact freshmen that Michigan fans need to know ahead of the 2020 season. After a quick look at the class in general, we look at the offensive side of the ball, and identify four true freshmen that can make a year one impact. We discuss home-run skill players who offer a blend of speed and elusiveness, and how one true freshman is making a surprising indent on Michigan's offensive line. Then, we turn it over to the defensive side of the ball. We look at two players who have received the most praise so far and that we believe are locked into the two-deep. Then, we identify a few other freshmen that we project to be utilized as backups and special teams players. We close with a look at any names we forgot, then offer a quick update on Michigan's redshirt freshmen that should make an impact this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2020
Top Jersey Targets, Will Johnson, Donovan Edwards, and 2022 defensive line recruiting - Michigan Recruiting Insider
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Sam Webb is joined by The Michigan Insider's Josh Newkirk who recaps his trip to New Jersey to watch and interview top 2022 targets Keon Sabb and Jaeden Gould, Rising 2023 DL Sydir Mitchell, and DL commitment Dominick Giudice. Then Steve Lorenz and Brice Marich join the show to handicap the Sabb and Gould recruitments, then discuss trips to see top in-state targets Will Johnson and Donovan Edwards in action. The crew closes things out with an in-depth discussion of the top 2022 defensive line targets so far. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2020
Defensive position battles, wide receiver height and more questions
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In an around-the-horn horn episode, we tackle listener questions and other smaller topics. The episode can be heard in the embedded link below. First, we discuss Ben Mason’s role in Michigan’s offense entering the 2020 season. We explain why it makes sense for Mason to warm up and practice with the Wolverines’ tight ends, how his fullback role changes in Josh Gattis’ offense, how Michigan can still maximize what Mason brings to the table and how he fits in as a senior leader. Then, we discuss the Wolverines’ wide receiver room, and whether or not Michigan’s lack of height is a significant concern for this season. We look at the Wolverines’ speed at wide receiver, how height has become less of a factor in top receiving rooms around the country, Josh Gattis’ history with receivers of varying heights and which Michigan receivers can play outside this season. We also look at how height factors into the Wolverines’ 2021 wide receiver recruiting. We close with a discussion on two position battles we’re keeping a close eye on in Michigan’s defense. Along the way, we discuss how high-profile recruits and multi-year reserve players both get unfair expectations laid upon them, the state of Michigan’s cornerback and safety rooms and how we expect the VIPER position shakes out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2020
Five things Michigan can feel good about for 2020, five it shouldn't
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In a special, double-length episode, we break down five things Michigan and its fans should feel good about a month before the season, and five things they might lose sleep over still. We open with a discussion of some of Michigan’s best traits. We discuss the Wolverines’ breadth of leadership across the team, just how fast Michigan’s receivers are, the strength of the running back room, a hungry defensive line and a pair of excellent coverage safeties.  Then, we turn the discussion to some of the biggest question marks surrounding the Wolverines. Included are discussions on Michigan’s cornerback inexperience, potential pass-protecting weaknesses in the interior of the Wolverines’ offensive line, Joe Milton’s history of inaccuracy, Michigan’s struggles with interior pass rush and a few position groups where depth is a concern. Along the way, we discuss a number of Michigan’s other strength and weaknesses, including the Wolverines’ offensive tackles, their home-run threats running ball, potential position switches and trouble points and players who have made moves since fall camp began. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2020
Marlin Klein's huge upside, flipping a FSU commit, stock Rising with elite DBs, and more - Michigan Recruiting Insider
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Sam Webb, Steve Lorenz, and Brice Marich discuss the commitment of 2022 tight end commit Marlin Klein, the comparison to Travis Kelce by his athletic mentor Bjorn Werner, the latest rumblings on Michigan's standing with four-star CB Ceyair Wright and Florida State commit Omarion Cooper. Then talk turns to 2022 where the Wolverines are at or near the top for elite defensive back targets Domani Jackson and Larry Turner-Gooden, both of whom have strong connections to the Maize & Blue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2020
Catching up with Charles Matthews & Highlighting Michigan's Miami Heat-like path - Michigan Basketball Insider
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Sam Webb and Tim McCormick discuss how Michigan's growth & development could mimic the Miami Heat's, concern over recent five-star recruiting misses, Chaundee Brown's waiver process, and then reconnect with former Michigan standout Charles Matthews. Matthews discusses his rehab from injury, preparation for the draft, Jace Howard's game, and his business venture with Zavier Simpson called The Player's Trunk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 25, 2020
West Coast DB Love for Zordich, WR Commits Shine, and New O-Line Recruiting Board - Michigan Recruiting Insider
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Sam Webb, Steve Lorenz, Josh Henschke chat with Brice Marich who was in attendance at a major 7-on-7 tournament in Arizona. Marich recounted strong performances by Michigan commits Cristian Dixon and Xavier Worthy. Then Marich highlighted interviews with elite DB targets Ceyair Wright, Domani Jackson, and Larry Turner-Gooden, all who had rave reviews for Michigan DB coach Mike Zordich. Sam, Steve and Josh then turned their attention the Big 10 schedule, new names on the offensive line board, and the possibility of Michigan pursuing Penn State comments in the aftermath of James Franklin criticizing his program's 2021 recruiting effort. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2020
Michigan's new schedule, new QB and other questions
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In this episode, we take a look at a number of new going-ons pertaining to Michigan football. We begin with a look at the Michigan football team’s new 2020 schedule. We discuss why not much has changed with the schedule, how the Wolverines found themselves with one of the nation’s toughest schedules and why their season-opening matchup is so interesting. We also look at very early record predictions for the Wolverines, including why we don’t think a four-loss regular season is likely, which teams should worry Michigan the most and more. Then, we discuss the Wolverines’ defense, and the ways that it can improve in big games in 2020 compared to recent losses. We then turn the discussion to Michigan’s new quarterback, Joe Milton, and discuss what to make of him winning the job, what it entails and what’s next for him and Milton. To close the episode, we take a look at wide receiver depth following Nico Collins’ departure, why the position group might be fine overall and why the Wolverines seem to lose more players to NFL Draft decisions than Ohio State does. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2020
Reacting to the Big Ten's return and what it means for Michigan football
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In this episode, we react to the Big Ten’s announcement that football would be returning the weekend of October 24. We look at the Big Ten’s decision, and what it means for Michigan. We begin by debating the legitimacy or value of a shortened delayed season. We outline why the Big Ten should still be considered in full for the College Football Playoff, why fans should still be excited about the season and the season should be viewed as asterisk-free. We then take a peek at the potential for Michigan to suffer additional opt-outs, and the feasibility of Jalen Mayfield and Ambry Thomas to return. We outline why it ultimately likely won't be an area of great news for Wolverine fans, discuss Nico Collins' decision and look at other areas on the depth chart. Our third topic goes bigger-picture, and looks at the feasibility of an eight-game season. We discuss why daily antigen testing gives us more confidence that a season can occur, why college football's postponed games so far aren't relevant to the equation and how likely it is that Michigan and other towns remain in the "green" zone. Finally, we break down whether — past decisions in the past — a delayed start helps or hurts Michigan's chances at capturing a Big Ten title. We look at two position groups where it helps a great deal, and discuss what can be gleaned from the Wolverines' practice approach over the last month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2020
New WR Board, Rayshaun Benny, 2022 trending targets, and latest on 5-stars Harrison Ingram and Chet Holmgren - Michigan Recruiting Insider
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Sam Webb, Brice Marich, and Steve Lorenz discuss new Michigan commits Tyler Martin and Tavierre Dunlap, then the crew resets the wide receiver recruiting board after Markus Allen's decommitment. Later they break down an opponent trending up in the race for Rayshaun Benny and the Michigan's with several highly ranked tight ends in the 2022 class.Josh Henschke joins the discussion to discuss the latest with five star basketball targets Harrison iNgram and Chet Holmgren. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2020
Joe Milton and other depth-chart changes
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In this episode, we take a look at the validity of Joe Milton's ascent in the quarterback battle, along with check in on our projected depth chart after fall camp. In our discussion of Milton, we tackle the question on if the hype around him is real. We explain why Michigan has always been excited about Milton, what he has done to take a lead in the quarterback battle and how fans should gauge fall camp reports. We also discuss the merits and limitations of playing each quarterback. Then, we open up our discussion to the rest of the roster. We take a peek at a surprising comparable for Blake Corum, look at Roman Wilson's fall camp, how the offensive line changes after losing Jalen Mayfield, whether the Wolverines have answered questions about depth at linebacker and safety and look at a relatively open cornerbacks position. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2020
Tavierre Dunlap, Cornerback recruiting reset, Michigan's standing with 5-star Caleb Houstan, & More - Michigan Recruiting Insider
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Sam Webb, Brice Marich, and Steve Lorenz discuss Michigan's battle with Oklahoma State for Tavierre Dunlap, how Harbaugh's social justice stance may factor into recruiting, 2022 running back targets Gi'Bran Payne, Dillon Tatum, and Stephan Byrd, and resetting the 2021 cornerback recruiting board focusing on Ceyair Wright, Omarion Cooper, and John Howse. Later Josh Henschke joins the discussion to discuss the latest with Chaundee Brown's waiver application and Michigan's standing with five-star wing Caleb Houstan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2020
Catching up with Jace Howard, Scouting Frankie Collins, & the Improving Odds of a College Basketball Season - Michigan Basketball Insider
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Sam Webb and Tim McCormick discuss the added significance of Frankie Collin's commitment and Tim breaks down the talented youngster's game. Then Michigan freshman Jace Howard joins the podcast to discuss his transition to college, playing for his dad, early practice impressions, his recruiting efforts, and more. The podcast finishes with Tim elaborating on the college basketball bubble idea he proposed six weeks ago and share his thoughts on the increased likelihood of a college basketball season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2020
Latest on Drew Kendall and Daymon David with 247sports national analyst Brian Dohn - Michigan Recruiting Insider
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Sam Webb, Brice Marich, and Josh Henschke discuss the recent protests of the Big Ten's decision to postpone the football season and the impact of the return of students to college campuses nation wide. Then their attention turns to the latest of top football targets Drew Kendall and Daymon David and they close in on their decisions. 247Sports national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn joins the show to shed further light on Michigan's chances with Kendall and David. The episode ends with a discussion on the Juwan Howard rumors and answering a couple listener questions on football and basketball recruiting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2020
Reacting to Jalen Mayfield's departure, Big Ten parent uprising
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In a two-topic episode, we react to offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield's decision to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft and where Michigan's offensive line goes next, then tackle an apparent uprising from parents and players in the Big Ten and what it could lead to. Beginning with the Mayfield discussion, we both opine on whether it was a surprising decision. We touch on Mayfield's draft stock, while it feels like he just got to Michigan and what enabled him to make this decision. We also discuss where this leaves the Wolverines, who might be stepping in as right tackle and our confidence level that Michigan can remain a strong unit nationally. Then, we take a look a week removed at the Big Ten's decision to postpone fall sports, and discuss the groundswell of opposition for the decision from players and coaches. We look at why Michigan is practicing (and why a few players aren't), the merits of canceling or not canceling the fall season and whether we think the protests and petitions will make a difference. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2020
Latest on Donovan Edwards, Daymon David, Negative recruiting Jaydon Hood, Frankie Collins Crystal Balls & more - Michigan Recruiting Insider
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Sam Webb, Steve Lorenz, and Brice Marich break down hos the the Big Ten's decision to postpone the football season has impacted the recruitments of Donovan Edwards, MJ Morris, and Thomas Fidone. The crew also discusses southern schools' intensified pursuit of Michigan commits Junior Colson and Jaydon Hood, and a recent development in Daymon David's recruitment that could help Michigan's standing. The football recruiting conversation ends with each staff member picking one prospect he thinks Michigan should offer. Josh Henschke later joins the conversation to preview Frankie Collins' upcoming decision and explain why Michigan is the favorite to land him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2020
Michigan Recruiting Insider - Big 10's Season Postponement and its likely effect on recruiting
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Sam Webb, Steve Lorenz, and Josh Henschke discuss the the Big Ten's decision to postpone the fall sports season. Was it the right move? It criticism of the transparency of the process warranted? What's the likelihood of a spring football season. The crew then assesses the potential impact on recruiting. Will visits be allowed? How might the answer to that question influence major targets like Donovan Edwards, Rayshaun Benny, Drew Kendall, Frankie Collins, and Harrison Ingram? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2020
Breaking down Michigan's 2020 schedule
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In this episode, we break down the ins and outs of the Michigan football team’s 2020 schedule. We open by reiterating the schedule for those who missed it, then begin a series of discussions. We take a look at the schedule as a whole, the addition of Northwestern and what we liked about the Big Ten’s emphasis on flexibility in its decisions. Then, we break down some of the other nuances, such as the Wolverines’ tough first three weeks, how that impacts fall camp, Ohio State being midway through the schedule (October 24) and the mental hurdle for having to play games after The Game. Then, we take a look at some superlatives, including some disagreement on Michigan’s biggest trap game, discussion on which three-game stretch is tougher, which game will Michigan miss fans the most and whether this schedule is more or less favorable than the initial 2020 schedule. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2020
Michigan Basketball Insider - Catching up with Dion Harris, Isaiah Livers Return, & Will There be a Season?
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Tim and Sam discusses the impact of Isaiah Livers' return on Michigan's standing in the Big Ten race. Later they discuss the likelihood of a college basketball season amid the raging coronavirus pandemic. The duo also catches up with Dion Harris to discuss his early rivalry with Lebron James, why his Michigan teams weren't able to get over the tournament hump, the start of his coaching career, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2020
Paused workouts, recruiting talk and schedule guessing
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In a roundabout episode, we discuss Michigan's paused workouts, the football team's recruiting and take a stab at figuring out what the Wolverines' 2020 football schedule may look like. We open by discussing Michigan Athletics' decision to pause voluntary workouts for its ice hockey, field hockey, volleyball and swim and dive teams. We touch on how volatile everything can be in the case of an outbreak, how Michigan is handling it and why the decision should not be binding for the football team, among other topics. We also discuss football recruiting, looking at the Wolverines' more aggressive approach toward the 2021 and 2022 classes, Giles Jackson's recruiting impact, the difference a quarterback recruit can make and Michigan's unenviable task of trying to close the gap against Ohio State. We close with speculative talk on the Wolverines' schedule and what it may look like in 2020, in addition to discussing the Wolverines' lack of names in 247Sports' ranking of college football's top 50 players. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2020
Michigan Recruiting Insider - Andrel Anthony, Rayshaun Benny, Ceyair Wright, Shaun Nua, and PG Recruiting
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Sam Webb, Steve Lorenz, and Brice Marich Discuss the significance of Andrel Anthony's dead period visit to Michigan, plus the latest in the races for Rayshaun Benny and Ceyair Wright, Shaun Nua's recruiting prowess, and Crystal Balling 2022 Db Jaeden Gould. Later Josh Henschke joins the podcast to discuss the latet in point guard recruiting with a couple of targets getting closer to coming off the board. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2020
Hintons take a stand, and should football be delayed?
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In this episode, we discuss Chris and Mya Hinton — parents of Michigan DT Christopher Hinton — speaking up publicly in several national publications about their concerns for the college football season. We also discuss our thoughts on FBS schools' handlings of COVID-19 so far and whether or not the NCAA should delay the season. The Hintons' comments are discussed first, as we break down their parent coalition, them providing a voice for so many concerned parents and more thoughts on what they had to say. We also discuss the NCAA's actions so far, and whether it has been enough. Then, we discuss the Hintons' broader claim for college football to "pump the brakes," and what college football should do in terms of delaying or modifying the season. Along the way, we also touch on how Michigan, other Big Ten schools and the NCAA have handled things so far, and what it means moving forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 24, 2020
Michigan Recruiting Insider - Who Leads for Rocco Spindler, Explaining Michigan's Recruiting Strategy, & Basketball Target Update
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Sam Webb, Steve Lorenz, and Brice Marich share an updated view of Rocco Spindler's recruitment after attending one his workouts. The crew compares the player development resumes of Ed Warinner and Notre Dame OL coach Jeff Quinn and also takes a deep dive into how U-M's recruiting approach has evolved during the pandemic. The football recruiting chat rounds out with a discussion of Raheem anderson's potential as a player and possible captain. Later Webb and Josh Henschke discuss the latest with basketball recruiting targets Angelo Brizzi, Jaden Akins, and Harrison Ingram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2020
Drafting Michigan's 2020 football team
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In this episode, Lorenz and Shaw go back and forth in a snake-style draft, selecting Michigan football players to form teams that face each other. The draft begins with some usual suspects, with Aidan Hutchinson, Jalen Mayfield and Ambry Thomas serving among the first players picked. From there, the draft proves to be an indictment of which Michigan football players are irreplaceable, and which position groups have wide-open position battles. Among the most coveted players are offensive tackles, defensive backs and linebackers, while quarterbacks and interior offensive linemen fall due to uncertainty over who will start. The two proceed to draft 26 players apiece — 11 starters on offense and defense, one flex player on each side of the ball and a punter and kicker apiece. Be sure to check out the full teams in the comments section, and weigh in with your opinions on the teams. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 17, 2020
Michigan Basketball Insider - Catching up with Nik Stauskas, Kobe Bufkin's Coach,, and more
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Tim McCormick and Sam Webb discuss Will Tschetter's commitment, then interview Nik Stauskas about the rise of Canadian basketball, the Big 10 All Decade team, why he believes Mitch McGary would have been the top pick in the NBA draft if he hadn't gotten injured, and more. Stauskas also answers listener questions. Tim breaks down the game of Michigan's other new commitment Kobe Bufkin, then Sam interviews Bufkin's high school coach, Eric Taylor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2020
Ticketing policies, transfer, travel restriction and listener questions
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In this episode, we discuss a variety of topics relating to the Wolverines, including new ticketing policies, which games have been Michigan’s biggest in the last three decades, Isaiah Livers’ NBA Draft decision, Aaron Lewis’ transfer and David Ojabo’s travel situation. We open by briefly updating listeners on Michigan’s new policy to not hold season tickets in the 2020 season and not allow ticket sales to the general public. We rationalize why Michigan went with the decision. We then answer a listener question on if Big Ten Network chose to air 12 games from the modern era (since 1992) of Michigan football, which games they should pick. We proceed with listener questions, discussing the latest on Isaiah Livers’ NBA Draft decision and potential next commitments to Michigan football. We briefly discuss Lorenz’s high school tennis career. We then close out the show with two relatively breaking news items, discussing Aaron Lewis’ decision to transfer before even going through a full Michigan practice and the news that David Ojabo was stuck in Scotland due to travel restrictions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2020
Michigan Recruiting Insider - The Josh Gattis Effect, The Rocco Spindler Race, and the Xavier Worthy & Kobe Bufkin Commits
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Sam Webb, Steve Lorenz, and Brice Marich discuss Xavier Worthy's commitment and comparisons to Anthony Carter, Josh Gattis' recruiting impact, the latest with defensive tackle targets Rayshaun Benny, George Rooks, and Anthony Hundley, the battle between Michigan and Notre Dame for Rocco Spindler, and a recap of the Elite Underclassmen camp. ,Later Webb and chats with the coach of AAU program The Family, Sean Moore, about star guard Kobe Bufkin's commitment to Michigan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2020
Unnecessary Harbaugh hoopla and Big Ten schedule
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In this episode, we break down Jim Harbaugh's first press conference since January 1, then discuss other pandemic related issues including a condensed Big Ten schedule. We open by discussing what we deemed unnecessary hoopla over one sentence in Harbaugh's press conference. We discuss why it got misconstrued, why it seems to consistently happen to Harbaugh and what can be done to minimize it. We also break down other things Harbaugh said, including his thoughts on the health protocols Michigan is using, how the players are reacting, his thoughts on two offseason developments and more. We then close with a reported — at the time, that is — 10-game conference-only schedule, and why we both think it's a home run decision by the Big Ten. Finally, we close with a brief discussion on Michigan and how it has broadly done well recruiting in the pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2020
Michigan Recruiting Insider - Massive Turnarounds with Xavier Worthy & Donovan Edwards, the Will Tschetter Commit, & More
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Sam Webb, Steve Lorenz, and Brice Marich discuss Michigan's massive comeback with Xavier Worthy, how Worthy could impact Donovan Edwards' recruitment, the Wolverines' standing with rising safety Daymon David, and 2022 quarterback recruiting. Later Webb and Josh Henschke discuss Will Tschetter's commitment to the basketball program. 247Sports analyst Brian Snow checks in with a scouting report on Tschetter, plus the latest on Michigan's standing with five-star guards Trevor Keels and Jalen Warley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2020
Michigan Basketball Insider - Coach of the Decade, Emoni Bates, & More
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Tim McCormick and Sam Webb discuss Isaiah Barnes' commitment, debate whether John Beilein should've been named the Big Ten's coach of the decade over Tom Izzo, and take a deep dive into Emoni Bates and how he compares to LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and other generational talents, whether he will ever play for Michigan State, and how Name, Image, Likeness rules may ever so slightly increase the odds of him spending a year in college. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 03, 2020
Michigan Recruiting Insider - Top 2022 Football Targets & Who Could be Basketball's Next Commit?
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Sam Webb and Brice Marich discuss Cristian Dixon's commitment, a possible pipeline forming at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, and Michigan's strong standing with elite 2022 targets Domani Jackson, Will Johnson, Joshua Burnam, Alex VanSumeren, Dillon Tatum, Mike Williams, Tyler Morris, and Jaeden Gould. Later Webb and Josh Henschke discuss Isaiah Barnes' commitment to basketball's 2021 class, positive momentum with Jalen Warley and Will Tschetter, and the latest on Michigan courtship of top 25 big man Charles Bediako. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2020
Michigan football mailbag June 25
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In this episode, we answer a variety of questions pertaining to Michigan football, We discuss questions pertaining to Michigan not heavily pursuing J.T. Daniels in the transfer market, who takes the heat if the Wolverines' quarterback play is average or below average in 2020, how tough of a job the Michigan head coaching job is among other top teams, defensive ends moving to defensive tackle, Michigan football players who would dominate an elementary school field day, Chris Evans' role in 2020, the Wolverines' most exciting and unheralded players and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2020
Michigan Recruiting Insider - Who's next after Somerville, Big Change with Xavier Worthy, and Impact Basketball Freshmen
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Sam Webb, Steve Lorenz, and Brice Marich discuss Quintin Somerville's commitment, Michigan's standing with top defensive line targets Rayshaun Benny and George Rooks, offensive line targets coming off the board, the prospect most likely to commit next, and big news in the race for top receiver target Xavier Worthy. Later Webb and Josh Henschke discuss the what kind of immediate impact is realistic for each member of the incoming basketball class. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2020
Defensive depth chart and Michigan's return to campus
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In this episode, we provide some brief updates on the Michigan football team’s return to campus, then spend the bulk of the episode breaking down Michigan’s defensive depth chart. After hearing from Warde Manuel and two medical experts working with the Michigan football team Thursday, Shaw discusses what he heard about positive COVID-19 tests, Michigan’s policy to maintain social distancing and other health habits, what the updates mean for the fans and more on the Wolverines’ return. Then, we proceed to break down the starters, backups, position battles, sleepers and potential breakout players at defensive end, defensive tackle, linebacker, cornerback and safety for the Wolverines. We also look at the key questions and concerns at each position group along the way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 19, 2020
Michigan Basketball Insider - Ranking the B1G Coaches, Nojel Eastern Reversal, & More
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Tim McCormick and Sam Webb discuss the challenges facing intercollegiate athletics at it returns from the coronavirus shutdown, the change of course for Nojel Eastern and the recruiting benefit that stems from it, and the biggest question marks on Michigan's roster. Tim also gives his ranking of the Big Ten's basketball coaches. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2020
Offensive depth chart and more
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In this episode, we break down the ins and outs of Michigan's offensive depth chart. Looking at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end and offensive line, we break down the projected starters, second string players, position battles we're keeping an eye on, sleepers who didn't make the two-deep and what we think of each position group. We close with some questions from listeners, including one about Michigan's game against Washington and two off-topic questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2020
Michigan Recruiting Insider Episode 5 - WR Recruiting, Sherrone Moore's Recruiting Prowess, and two Major Basketball Targets
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Sam Webb, Steve Lorenz, and Brice Marich discuss wide receiver recruiting moving focusing on Xavier Worthy, Cristian Dixon, Jayden Thomas, Lorenzo Styles, Andrel Anthony, and Thomas Fidone. Plus the crew explains why Sherrone Moore should be regarded as one of the best recruiters in the country and discuss the recent Power Five offers extended to 2022 Michigan commit Alex VanSumeren. Later Webb and Josh Henschke go deeper on 2022 in-state basketball target JaVaughn Hannah, and discuss Michigan's recruitment of 2021 five-star combo guards Trevor Keels and Jaden Hardy. The show ends with the latest developments with immediate eligibility waivers for Chaundee Brown and Nojel Eastern. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2020
Nine ways the Wolverines can become national contenders in 2020
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In this hour-long episode, we break down nine ways the Michigan football team can become national title contenders in 2020. We begin by taking a look at four that ESPN's Bill Connelly recently outlined, discussing the merits of Connelly's concerns about offensive line, Michigan's youth, Don Brown's big-game defenses and red-zone efficiency. Then, we start to come up with a few of our own, looking at Michigan's quarterback play, lineup holes, skill position players taking "the leap," the Wolverines blocking out detractors and Michigan's road-game struggles. Along the way, we offer a bit of state-of-the-program discussion, peering into what the first five seasons of Jim Harbaugh's tenure have looked like and what is and is not working. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2020
Michigan football's return to campus (w/ Matthew Hibner)
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In this episode, we discuss the NCAA and Michigan football team’s plans to return to campus for voluntary workouts, and chat with tight end signee Matthew Hibner about his view on the quarantine and Michigan’s handling of it. We begin with a macro discussion of the NCAA’s unveiling of a summer schedule, that includes a six-week ramp-up into a regularly scheduled season, along with a window of voluntary workouts that will go into mid-July. Then, we focus more on Michigan, discussing the Wolverines’ return to the football facilities, why the plan makes sense, other facts to know and how we feel the Wolverines handled the pandemic and return to campus. We close with Lorenz’s 15-minute discussion with Hibner, as the tight end discusses what it was lie to go through this as a signee, his view on how the Wolverines handled everything and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2020
Michigan Recruiting Insider Episode 4 - CB Recruiting & Class Sleepers; 2022 In-State Bball Recruiting
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Sam Webb, Steve Lorenz, and Brice Marich discuss cornerback recruiting moving forward focusing on Omarion Cooper, Tyreke Chappell, Dyson McCutheon, Jamier Johnson, Ceryair Wright, and Kamonte Grimes. Plus each member of the crew gives his pick for sleeper of the class so far. Later Webb and Josh Henschke discuss 2022 in=state basketball recruiting, focusing Fletcher Loyer, Ty Rodgers, Javaughn Hannah, and Emoni Bates. The show ends with the latest developments with top 2021 targets Harrison Ingram and Jalen Warley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2020
Episode 22 - Inside Intel from Terry Mills
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Tim McCormick and Sam Webb chat with Terry Mills about Juwan Howard's evolution as a coach in season one, the development of Brandon Johns and Franz Wagner, and more. Then Tim offer his assessment of five big man targets Chet Holmgren and Efton Reid. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2020
Michigan Recruiting Insider Episode 3 - D-Line & Big Man Recruiting
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Sam Webb, Steve Lorenz, and Brice Marich discuss the impact of new Michigan commits Jaydon Hood and Kechaun Bennett. Then the crew discusses defensive line recruiting moving forward focusing on Dallas Turner, Quintin Somerville, George Rooks, and Rayshaun Benny. Plus the latest rumblings on Xavier Worthy and Omarion Cooper. Later Webb and Josh Henschke discuss basketball recruiting, focusing on five-star big men Efton Reed, Charles Bediako, and Chet Homlgren. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2020
Michigan Recruiting Insider Episode 2 - Junior Colson Commit Impact + In-State Football & Basketball Recruiting
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Sam Webb, Steve Lorenz, and Brice Marich discuss the impact of new Michigan commit Junior Colson and what target might be the next to drop. Then the crew addresses the perception that there are problems with in-state recruiting.Included is a chat with the father of Belleville LB Jamari Buddin about why the Wolverines parted ways with his son. Plus the latest rumblings on Rocco Spindler, Garrett Dellinger, Rayshaun Benny, and Andrel Anthony. Later Webb and Josh Henschke discuss the waiver prospects for basketball transfers Chaundee Brown and Nojel Eastern, the possibility that Eastern will remain in the draft, and 2021 in-state targets Jaden Akins and Kobe Bufkin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2020
An in-depth look into Michigan's future
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In this episode, we take a stock report on Michigan’s future, using our 20 under 20 in 2020 story as a guide as we tackle three key questions surrounding the Wolverines’ underclassmen corps. First, we look at which incoming freshmen are likely to burn their redshirts in the 2020 season. We identify four highly likely players, then take a look at defensive depth, and how freshmen could be answering the call at a few positions. Then, we take a look at key players who redshirted last season, but shouldn’t be forgotten about in 2020. Offensive line players are heavily discussed, but so to are several defensive players who are following a common precedent in Don Brown’s defense. Finally, we take a peek at the top of our list, citing six players who have legitimate All-Big Ten potential in the 2020 season. We discuss their NFL futures, ceilings at Michigan and just how good of a young core this is for the Wolverines to build around. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2020
Michigan football mailbag!
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In this episode, we field a number of listener questions about the Michigan football team. We begin with a discussion on potential defensive breakout players. We break down Don Brown's candidates for Michigan's next Josh Uche-type edge rusher, looking at the ascension and trajectories of Luiji Vilain, Taylor Upshaw and David Ojabo, and what their roles could look like in 2020 and beyond. We also look a look at Michigan's potential two-deep at defensive tackle, and what the keys are for Donovan Jeter and Mazi Smith to get more run on the field this fall. We then look at the feasibility and the steps it will take for Michigan to return to facilities, and what the Big Ten and University of Michigan may do in terms of allowing facility access again. We also discuss how overrated (or not) Jim Harbaugh is nationally, while taking a peek at coaching rankings. We close with a look at which Michigan decommits the Wolverines might miss the most. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 22, 2020
Episode 21 - Talking Nojel Eastern & Chaundee Brown, and an Interview with Randolph Childress
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Tim McCormick and Sam Webb discuss the challenges of maintaining a team in the transfer era, and why Cole Bajema's transfer was a predictable outcome. Next, they assess talent and potential impact made by transfers Nojel Eastern and Chaundee Brown. Then the duo reacts to Purdue coach Matt Painter's parting shots for Eastern. And finally, Webb interviews former Wake Forest great and assistant coach Randolph Childress about what he thinks Brown will bring to the table for the Wolverines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2020
Chaundee Brown reaction and more Michigan hoops
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In this episode, we break down Michigan's addition of Wake Forest transfer Chaundee Brown, who averaged 12.1 points and 6.5 rebounds for Wake Forest last season. We first look at Brown's game as a 2-3 combo guard, so-so shooter and agressive addition to Michigan's backcourt. We also spend time looking at the Wolverines' pursuit of Brown, what it says about Juwan Howard and what makes Brown a high-floor pickup. We discuss the merits of Brown being ruled immediately eligible vs. having to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules, his role with Michigan and how the Wolverines can and should use the transfer portal moving forward. Finally, we close with a look at Michigan's 2020-21 roster, address speculation about Nojel Eastern and discuss what happens next for the Wolverines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2020
Michigan Recruiting Insider Episode 1 - Donovan Edwards, O-Line recruiting, basketball transfer news, & Phil Martelli's recruiting
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Sam Webb, Steve Lorenz, and Brice Marich discuss Michigan momentum with the top RB target Donovan Edwards. The trio then tackles the latest in offensive line recruiting, including Top247 target Drew Kendall. Later Webb and Josh Henschke break down how Purdue basketball transfer Nojel Eastern fits with the Wolverines on the Hardwood. The duo finishes with a discussion of transfer targets Chaundee Brown and Jalen Coleman-Lands, and 2021 guard targets Jalen Warley and Angelo Brizzi. Find the 247Sports podcast for your favorite team here!   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2020
Nojel Eastern reaction and other hoops questions
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In this episode, we react to the surprising commitment of Purdue guard Nojel Eastern, and also tackle a few more basketball questions we received from listeners. We begin by contextualizing the rarity of a commitment happening so quickly, particularly from the transfer portal. We also break down what we think of Michigan adding Eastern, of Eastern's tenure at Purdue, what went wrong and what kind of impact we think he will have in Ann Arbor. Answering questions from listeners, we tackle comparing Eastern to former Kentucky transfer and Michigan captain Charles Matthews — and caution why that comparison may be unfair — while assessing the fit Eastern provides. We also discuss Juwan Howard's AAU recruiting prowess, Michigan's point guard future, Isaiah Livers' NBA Draft decision, what can be gleaned from such a hurried transfer process and if Michigan will continue to pursue other transfer options. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2020
Breakout surprises, underrated player, recruiting risers
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In this episode, we tackle a few listener questions, then discuss a story series Shaw has been doing looking at past recruiting. First, we answer a question predicting who we think will be a surprise player on offense and defense in the 2020 season. We look beneath the typical breakout candidates and new starters, and call our shot on four players who could surprise fans with their impact in the fall. Then, we break down whom we both believe to be the most underrated player on the team, and offer a brief update on the financial importance of Michigan football to other sports at the University. Finally, we look at Shaw's story series on recruiting risers, where he breaks down past Michigan recruits whose stock rose the most in the process. We look at why that matters, what it says about the Wolverines' recruiting approach and what it means for Michigan moving forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2020
Resetting Michigan basketball after more attrition
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In this episode, we break down where things stand with the Michigan basketball team after more attrition, and what's next for the Wolverines. We begin by unpacking the transfer departure of rising sophomore wing player Cole Bajema. We look at his brief career with the Wolverines, the potential reasons behind his transfer and what's next for him. We also look at if it's possible that the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic played a role in his decision to depart this far into the offseason. From there, we turn our discussion to where the Wolverines could look next to fill now two scholarship openings. Shaw outlines why Michigan should not simply want to bank the scholarship for the 2021 class, while the two break down several transfer options that are available to the Wolverines. Listeners are encouraged to share, rate and subscribe to The Wolverine247 Podcast, in addition to sending questions to Zach Shaw and Steve Lorenz for future discussion topics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 09, 2020
Reacting to Jim Harbaugh's major NCAA proposals
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In this episode, we take a look at Jim Harbaugh's open letter to the football community, in which he proposes several significant rule changes for college football. We open by looking at the optics of Harbaugh releasing the letter — one that made news nationally — and how it's very hard to call it anything but a win for the head coach and Michigan. We break down the reaction among fans and media members to the letter, and what it means moving forward. We then break down the proposals, looking at the logic and feasibility of players potentially declaring for the NFL Draft early, being able to play in college for five years, being able to return to college if they aren't drafted (or are drafted low) and being able to return to college on the school's dime to finish their degree after their playing career is over. Other proposals, such as reducing scholarship limits, allowing players and families to meet with agents and further discussion on the one-time transfer rule are also mentioned. Listeners are encouraged to share, rate and subscribe to The Wolverine247 Podcast, in addition to sending questions to Zach Shaw and Steve Lorenz for future discussion topics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 09, 2020
In-state recruiting with Steve Lorenz and Allen Trieu
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In this recruiting-heavy episode, Steve Lorenz is joined by 247Sports Midwest recruiting expert Allen Trieu as the two break down a number of key angles in the Wolverines’ 2021 recruiting cycle. Among the biggest key areas discussed are Michigan’s in-state recruiting efforts, including the pursuits of running back Donovan Edwards, offensive guard Rocco Spindler, offensive tackle Garrett Dellinger and others. The two discuss what can make in-state recruiting tricky, what the Wolverines are doing right and wrong on the recruiting trail and more nuance of it all. To see more of the Wolverines’ 2021 recruiting class — ranked No. 10 in the country with 11 commitments, including one five-star and four four-star recruits — check out our commitment page here. To see more of Michigan’s top targets — including a relatively strong in-state recruiting crop and top targets from all over the country — be sure to visit our top targets page here. To view the Wolverines’ 292 outstanding scholarship offers in the 2021 class, visit our offer page here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2020
Episode 20 - Michigan Season and Recruiting Class Review
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Tim McCormick and Sam Webb assess season one of the Juwan Howard era, reflect upon the careers of Zavier Simpson and Jon Teske, discuss the transfers of Colin Castleton and Dave DeJulius, and the pro outlooks for Isaiah Livers and Franz Wagner, The duo also projects the impact of each member of the 2020 recruiting class and discusses how the new G-League option being utilized by former commitment Isaiah Todd will change college basketball and NBA moving forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2020
Colin Castleton, Jace Howard and scholarship openings
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In this episode, we break down the significance of two key decisions pertaining to the Michigan men’s basketball team: Colin Castleton’s decision to transfer and Jace Howard’s decision to walk on with the Wolverines in lieu of a scholarship. We open by discussing Castleton’s decision to depart, and why the move makes a lot of sense for the same reasons David DeJulius’ departure did. We look into Castleton’s career with the Wolverines, why the coaching change did him no favors and why he still has professional potential with the right fit. We then look into what we can glean from the two decisions. We discuss Michigan suddenly having two scholarship openings, the latest with Josh Christopher and graduate transfer targets and more on potential attrition or lack thereof. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2020
What David DeJulius' transfer means for Michigan
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In this episode, we unpack the most significant transfer loss the Michigan men's basketball team has suffered in recent memory, as David DeJulius entered the transfer portal Monday afternoon. We break down the series of events that might have played a role in his departure, and we discuss why the decision might make more sense to DeJulius than it does to a number of fans. We also spend some time reading between the lines, and deciphering how this might impact other decisions — or how other decisions might have impacted this one. We look at what a transfer means in today's college sports market, why DeJulius and Michigan should both be fine and how this transfer differs slightly from typical transfers. We close with a brief look at ongoing situations with Isaiah Todd and Josh Christopher, what to make of social media and the theatrics that come in big-time basketball recruiting and what expectations to have in the coming weeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2020
Michigan recruiting in a global pandemic
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In this episode, we break down what to know about Michigan football recruiting during the COVID-19 global pandemic. First, we break down how things change now that spring visits are postponed until at least the summer. We discuss how teams are getting creative with their recruiting pitch, what the keys to succeeding in contact periods are, how Michigan specifically has altered or remodeled its approach so far and what the Wolverines can do differently. We also discuss how a nationwide quarantine might impact recruits’ approaches to the process, including whether the quarantine might speed up commitments, entice players to stay close to home for college or want different levels of communication from prospective schools. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2020
Where no spring practices hurts Michigan the most
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In this episode, we look at how the mass cancellation of all sports activities, including the Michigan football team’s spring practices, most hurts the Wolverines. Breaking the impact into four parts, we first begin by looking at Michigan’s quarterback battle. We discuss why the battle hurts one competitor more than the other, how the Wolverines approach the contest now that there are 15 fewer practices and what each competitor must do now. Then, we break down how the lack of spring practices hurts Michigan’s early enrollees. We discuss the three incoming freshmen it hurts the most, and where the freshmen go from here. We also discuss position battles that will be delayed a few months, and how Michigan must make up for that lost time. We close with a discussion about the Wolverines’ new defensive coaches — and potentially major tweaks to Michigan’s defense — and why losing the opportunity to experiment and work on things in the spring is costly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2020
Michigan basketball early offseason questions
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Reacting to the Michigan basketball team’s sudden lack of an offseason, we break down five immediate questions that come to mind regarding the Wolverines. First, we break down what has typically been the most pressing offseason question, discussing if Michigan will lose any prospects early to the NBA Draft. We make the case for Franz Wagner and Isaiah Livers to go pro, but also break down the reasons why returning for another season might make more sense. Then, we dissect what to make of Michigan’s potential transfers, why certain players stand out as potential transfers more than others and why transferring is hardly an indictment on the Wolverines or the players. Working a bit more quickly with our final three questions, we look at the impact Michigan’s heralded 2020 recruiting class will impact what is a rather connected core upon its arrival. We also look at stylistic changes Michigan’s coaching staff may look to change and just exactly where we would rank the Wolverines heading into the summer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2020
COVID-19 took over March Madness, now what?
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Recapping one of the most unorthodox sports weeks of our time, we break down our experience covering the Big Ten Tournament, our reaction to the swath of news and break down our thoughts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 13, 2020
Episode 19 with Saddi Washington
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Tim McCormick interviews Michigan assistant Saddi Washington about his four years in Ann Arbor, the development of Austin Davis and Jon Teske, and more. Plus Tim breaks down U-M'swin over Nebraska and loss to Maryland with Sam Webb. Plus discussion of a possible breakthrough in Jon Teske's postgame, Dave DeJulius' career-best performance, and previewing the Big 10 Tournament. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2020
Austin Davis to return and other news
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In a news-related episode, we spend the bulk of the episode discussing Wednesday's announcement confirming that redshirt junior center Austin Davis would return to Michigan for his fifth season — becoming the first Wolverine to do so since Jordan Morgan in 2013-14. We break down the rationale behind the decision, how unlikely it seemed, how much Davis has improved, what he could bring in his fifth season and more. We also look at Michigan's scholarship situation, and how Davis' news might impact that. Finally, we close with brief discussions on a few news items that came up this week, looking at Zavier Simpson and Jon Teske's senior night and their legacies and the recent staff changes involving Joe Bolden and Mike DeBord. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2020
Episode 18 with Austin Davis
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Tim McCormick interviews Michigan center Austin Davis, and breaks down U-M's recent losses to Wisconsin and Ohio State with Sam Webb. Plus discussion of Isaiah Livers' struggles, further assessment of Jon Teske's post game, and previewing this week’s matchups versus Nebraska and Maryland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2020
Michigan basketball is no longer on fire. Now what?
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In a near polar-opposite of last week's podcast, we break down a rough week for the Michigan basketball team, looking at what went wrong against Ohio State and Wisconsin and what's next for the Wolverines. Guided by listener questions, we first look at two potential starting lineup changes that involve getting Brandon Johns Jr. more minutes, and what the pros and cons of each of them are. We then look at the Wolverines' rapid decline in performance, and discuss just what went wrong and how it can change. We take a brief look at how Michigan's NCAA Tournament prospects change, zero in on perimeter shooting and break down why this is such a critical week for the Wolverines in the scope of the season, even if the stakes in this week's games might not be as high. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2020
Michigan basketball is on fire
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In a basketball episode, we break down Michigan’s rapid rise, and where things stand for the Wolverines looking forward. We begin by breaking down how different things look than a month prior, as we even re-read some of Juwan Howard’s quotes after Michigan’s four-game losing streak, and how they look paired with the Wolverines’ success today. We also discuss which elements Michigan has improved the most at, dissecting the Wolverines’ improved post defense, transition defense, overall defense, offensive cohesion and leadership. We then break down how Michigan’s last eight games (especially the last five) can alter the outlook for the Wolverines’ season, as they host Wisconsin, travel to take on Ohio State, host Nebraska and visit Maryland to close the regular season. We take a peek at the Big Ten standings and potential seeding scenarios, then close with a bracketology breakdown, looking at potential seeding, and how the next four games and Big Ten Tournament can change that. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2020
Episode 17 with Nik Stauskas
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Tim McCormick interviews former Michigan basketball standout Nik Stauskas, and breaks down U-M's recent wins over Rutgers and Purdue with Sam Webb. Plus discussion of Colin Castleton’s strong showing versus the Scarlet Knights and previewing this week’s matchups versus Wisconsin and Ohio State. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2020
Michigan's top-10 2021 recruiting targets
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In this recruiting focused episode, we break down the stories behind Michigan’s top 10 targets of the 2021 football recruiting class. We begin by looking at two three-star in-state prospects in East Lansing wide receiver Andrel Anthony and Detroit Country Day’s Caleb Tiernan. We explain why both of their frames make them intriguing prospects for the Wolverines, establish top competitors for both prospects and handicap Michigan’s standing in the two races. We then break down outside linebacker Jamari Buddin, another in-state recruit Michigan will have to battle for. We look at Sherrone Moore’s recruiting impact in-state and in big matchups. We also begin to look at top-200 prospects, breaking down the surprisingly national recruiting race for Californian defensive tackle Victory Vaka, and the less surprisingly national recruiting race for Virginia wide receiver Malcom Johnson Jr. Returning to the state of Michigan, we next break down offensive and defensive lineman Rayshaun Benny, who hails from a local power where Michigan has had difficulty recruiting in recent years. On the other side, we break down Clarkston native and fellow four-star lineman Rocco Spindler, and outline why Michigan is the strong favorite. Our episode concludes with a look at three top-50 prospects. The uphill battle for Iowa tight end Thomas Fidone, in-state running back Donovan Edwards and Virginia running back TreVeyon Henderson. We discuss Michigan’s competitors for each player, and outline how the Wolverines can make an impression this spring and summer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2020
Episode 16 with father of 5-star F Greg Brown
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Sam Webb interviews the father of 5-star Michigan basketball target Greg Brown about his his recent visit to Michigan, his connection with Juwan Howard, the appealing presence of African Americans in positions of authority throughout Michigan's athletic department, decision criteria, and more. Plus Sam and Tim McCormick discuss Michigan's victories over Northwestern and Indiana, and the abrupt end to John Beilein's tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 19, 2020
Is Michigan basketball back on track?
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Taking a look at the Michigan basketball team, we break down the Wolverines’ win over Michigan State, and what it means moving forward. First, we look at what some of the keys to Michigan’s win. We dissect improved defense from Franz Wagner, Eli Brooks and the entire team, how far the Wolverines’ bench has come, the positive impact on the stat sheet and beyond that Isaiah Livers’ return to the lineup can bring. We also look at some schematic changes, and the team’s energy in the surprising win. We then break down what the Wolverines’ final eight games look like, and where Michigan still needs to improve to come out on top. Among the areas discussed include consistent shooting, more offensive production from Jon Teske, more reliable showings from the Wolverines’ sophomore class and furthering some recent trends. We then close by looking at Michigan’s bracketology breakdown, and other notes to watch in Michigan’s pursuit of the NCAA Tournament. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 13, 2020
Reacting to Michigan State's new coaching hire
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Following the news that Colorado head coach Mel Tucker had accepted the job to take over Michigan State’s head-coaching vacancy, we dissect what the hire means for the Spartans and, indirectly, the Wolverines.  First, we look at how good of a hire Tucker is for Michigan State. We break down his background at Michigan State, Ohio State, at big-time programs such as Alabama, Georgia, LSU and in the NFL, and opine on what he brings to East Lansing after one season with the Buffaloes. We also look at the optics of the hire, including whether Tucker was in the wrong for initially saying no to the job, the timing and how the situation changed so quickly for the Spartans. Next, we look at what kind of program Tucker is inheriting. We look at what kind of recruiting impact Tucker will have, how and how much that will impact Michigan, the importance of Tucker’s offensive coordinator hire and what the next two years can and should look like for the Spartans on the field. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 12, 2020
Episode 15 with 5-star SG Josh Christopher
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Sam Webb interviews 5-star Michigan basketball target Josh Christopher about his standout career at Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair, his connection with Juwan Howard, the appealing attributes of his final five schools, his decision criteria, timeline, and more. Plus Sam and Tim McCormick discuss Michigan's loss to Ohio State, the evolving role for Brandon Johns, Isaiah Livers return, the win over Michigan State, and preview this week's match-ups with Northwestern and Indiana. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 12, 2020
Mark Dantonio's retirement
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Reacting to the retirement of Mark Dantonio, we break down how the veteran head coach got to this point, and what the keys to his downfall at Michigan State were. We look at the Spartans’ missed opportunity after making the College Football Playoff and a third Big Ten title in five seasons. We break down whether or not Michigan and Penn State’s return to prominence played a role, and how the last four years might erase the legacy of the first two-thirds of his tenure with the Spartans. We also look forward, discussing the state of the Michigan State gig given its location, division and current state. We break down potential candidates for his replacement, and look at what Michigan State looks like heading into the 2020 season from both a depth chart and a 2021 recruiting standpoint. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2020
Lightning-round recap of Michigan's 2020 class
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In a short, lightning-round format, Shaw and Lorenz break down the key things to know about the Michigan football team’s 2020 recruiting class. We begin by discussing how uneventful not just the February National Signing Day was for Michigan, but really the entire recruiting cycle has been since July, with only two commitments since then. We also break down the Wolverines’ process in scouting and pursuing top targets, and how that has changed in recent years. After that, we zero in on some of the key recruiting battles and top targets that landed in Michigan’s class. We break down the key players to watch from the class in the 2020 season, what to make of the geographic recruitment this cycle and offer a quick peek-ahead to the 2021 cycle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2020
Episode 14 with former Michigan great Phil Hubbard
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Tim McCormick interviews former Michigan great Phil Hubbard about his standout career in Ann Arbor, his time as an Olympian, his transition to NBA in the eighties, his thoughts on this year's team, and more. Plus, Tim and host Sam Webb discuss Zavier Simpson's return from suspension, Brandon John's standout performances versus Nebraska and Rutgers, and preview the upcoming games versus Ohio State and Michigan State. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2020
Michigan football review-preview part 2: Defense/ST
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Continuing with part 2 of our review-preview series, we break down what happened, what’s next and more with the Michigan football team’s defensive line, linebackers, cornerbacks, safeties and special teams units. First, we look at Michigan’s defensive line, and weigh the strengths of the Wolverines’ defensive ends vs. some issues with Michigan’s defensive interior and depth. We also look at what the unit will look like next season with more experience, and why the second- and third-year “project” players are the key to the line making the next step. We then look at linebacker, and dissect what was overall a strong year from an experienced group. We look at why big plays continued to be a problem, and what the position group looks like with three departing starters next season.  We next break down Michigan’s cornerbacks and safeties, following our same formula as the other groups. We offer grades, what worked, what didn’t work, decide if the arrow is pointing up, down or even and break down out big key offseason question. We close by doing the same for special teams. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2020
Episode 13 with New York Knick forward Ignas Brazdeikis
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Tim McCormick interviews New York Knick forward Ignas Brazdeikis about his transition to the NBA, his standout freshman campaign at Michigan last season, his thoughts on this year's team, and more. Plus, Tim and host Sam Webb discuss the offensive struggles in the latest losses to Penn State and Illinois, possible adjustments, and preview the upcoming games versus Nebraska and Rutgers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2020
Michigan football review-preview part 1: Offense
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In the first of a two-part series, we break down every offensive position group with a five-point review preview. First, we look at Michigan's quarterbacks, taking a look at the group's 2019 grade, what worked for the group, what didn't work for the group, whether the arrow is pointing up, down or flat at the position heading into 2020 and what our biggest offseason question for the group is. We then do the same for Michigan's running backs, receivers, tight ends and offensive linemen. Along the way, we differ on grades, dissect the legacy of departing players, offer some intel on incoming recruits, break down returning talent and read between the lines on young ascending players who might step into starting roles next season. We also look into the key offseason questions, ranging from developing stars to new positions to how certain players fit in Michigan's system. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2020
Episode 12 with ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas
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Tim McCormick interviews college basketball analyst Jay Bilas about the beginning of the Juwan Howard era at Michigan, how impactful he believes Howard will be on the recruiting trail, the battle for supremacy in the Big 10, where the league rates nationally, what college basketball will look like in 10 years, and much more. Plus, Tim and host Sam Webb break down Michigan's recent loss to Iowa, the adjustment in defensive strategy, and the upcoming matchups versus Penn State and Illinois. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2020
Gauging Michigan basketball's panic meter
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First, we diagnose what Michigan’s panic level should be following its 0-2 week in road games at Minnesota and Iowa. We weigh the explainable setbacks such as how difficult the Wolverines’ schedule has been, the impact of Isaiah Livers’ injury and what probably could have been considered a young roster in transition. We also break down which issues aren’t necessarily as forgivable, such as Michigan’s transition defense, post defense, road shooting woes and even potentially energy according to one player. Our discussion then turns to what’s next, as we look at a winnable five-game stretch for the Wolverines, and how Michigan can capitalize and redefine its season. Finally, we close by looking at Juwan Howard’s recruiting, why he has had success so far, and what to make of the Wolverines’ 2020 recruiting class so far. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2020
Episode 11 with Michigan point guard Zavier Simpson
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Tim McCormick interviews Michigan point guard and captain Zavier Simpson about the growth of his game, his evolving leadership style, Juwan Howard, and more. Plus, Tim and host Sam Webb discuss the defensive strategy that has had led to career highs in points for several opponents this year, whether changes to that strategy are forthcoming, Eli Brooks’ struggles, and preview the rematch with Iowa. Hosts Tim McCormick (@TimMcCormick40) and Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 15, 2020
Michigan football's offseason to-do list
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The first, most pertinent issue that we address for Michigan’s to-do list is look at its lone assistant coaching vacancy. We recap our discussion from last week on what direction the Wolverines should go to replace departed safeties coach Chris Partridge. We also break down why the apparent retention of outside linebackers coach Anthony Campanile can be beneficial to Michigan, and how it changes what the Wolverines are looking for in their 10th assistant. Next on our list, we look at potential transfer portal targets, and explain why we both hone in on the defensive line. We discuss one major defensive tackle target, and explore some of the young defensive linemen the Wolverines might want to bring some depth and experience around. We next look at the upcoming quarterback battle between Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton. We debate when Michigan should come to a decision, what to watch for in the battle, the significance and what to expect in terms of transfer fallout when an eventual winner is selected. Breaking down some smaller options, we look at defensive adjustments that should be made, how Michigan re-equips its secondary and offensive line, the importance of second-year defensive standouts, players the Wolverines must find more usage for and the opportunity in 2021 recruiting to hit the ground running. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2020
Chris Partridge and Michigan's recruiting stature
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In a more news-focused football podcast, we dissect two recent going-ons with the Michigan football team. First, we break down the Wolverines’ loss of safeties coach and special teams coordinator Chris Partridge. We break down what made Partridge such an impressive recruiter, other things he brought to the table as a position coach and what made it compelling for him to leave to become a defensive coordinator. We discuss what characteristics Michigan should be looking for in Partridge’s replacement, and offer some of our opinion of key candidates or areas that the Wolverines are looking at. Then, we discuss a hotly contested debate on the 247Sports message board this week about how and why Michigan is getting out-recruited by Ohio State and others. In doing so, we look at how the Wolverines’ recruiting approach has changed over the years, what issues Michigan is facing on the recruiting trail and what the Wolverines are doing and can do to close the recruiting gap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2020
Michigan basketball check-in
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Checking in on the No. 19 Michigan basketball team, we look at some of the key topics surrounding the Wolverines’ recent double-overtime win over Purdue. We look at a potential change to the starting lineup, what the pros and cons are about Michigan’s “three-guard” lineup, why it worked against the Boilermakers and how it should be used moving forward. We also take a look at a growing concern of opposing big men racking up points on the Wolverines in the wake of Travion Williams’ 26-point, 20-rebound effort. We discuss the pros and cons of Michigan sending help in the post for Jon Teske, and look at what the Wolverines’ strategy should be heading to Minnesota. We also break down other key issues surrounding the team, including Michigan’s road woes and a daunting schedule ahead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2020
Episode 10 with Cleveland Cavaliers Coach John Beilein
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Tim McCormick interviews former Michigan and current Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein about his transition to the NBA, the program he built in Ann Arbor, Juwan Howard, and more. Plus, Tim and host Sam Webb break down Sunday's loss to Michigan State, this week's games versus Purdue and Minnesota, and the addition of Top 100 forward Terrance Williams, the Wolverines current standing with five-star shooting guard Josh Christopher. Hosts: Tim McCormick and Sam Webb Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 08, 2020
Episode 9 with former Michigan center Mo Wagner
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Tim McCormick interviews former Michigan center Moritz Wagner about the strong start to his NBA career,his memorable run in Ann Arbor, little brother Franz following in his footsteps, and more. Plus, Tim and host Sam Webb preview Sunday's match up with Michigan State, discuss the addition of transfer Brandon Wade, and give their respective versions of the Wolverines' all-decade team. Hosts: Tim McCormick and Sam Webb Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 02, 2020
Citrus Bowl Preview
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Ahead of the No. 14 Michigan football team's matchup against No. 13 Alabama in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl, Michigan beat writer Zach Shaw breaks down three things he learned in his time covering the Citrus Bowl, two big questions he still has and offers his one prediction for the game. In terms of things he learned, Shaw points first toward Michigan's seemingly serious approach, why that matters and how it has differed slightly from previous seasons. He also reveals why he feels like the offense is more fired up than he expected, and some of the key comments in that regard. Finally, he breaks down a defense, particularly in the backfield, that feels like it has a lot to prove. In his remaining questions, Shaw offers a glimpse into why he is skeptical of Alabama's motivation level after a few conversations with Crimson Tide reporters. He also discusses the biggest perceived mismatch in the game, pitting Michigan's shorthanded defensive line against Alabama's elite offensive line. Finally, Shaw explains the significance a Michigan upset could have, but why he doesn't think it will ultimately happen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2019
Episode 8 with former Michigan forward Duncan Robinson
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Tim McCormick interviews former Michigan forward Duncan Robinson about his breakout season with the Miami Heat, his thoughts on Juwan Howard as a coach based on their time together in Miami, how Howard compares to John Beilein, and more. Plus, Tim and host Sam Webb discuss the role Colin Castleton could play in the team’s success, the commitment of four-star center Hunter Dickinson and how he’ll fit into the mix in the coming years, and whether there is enough room to fit the other prospects that Michigan is trending with into this year’s class. Hosts: Tim McCormick and Sam Webb Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2019
Episode 7 with former Michigan standout Charles Matthews
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Tim McCormick interviews Wolverine forward Charles Matthews about his career at Michigan after transferring from Kentucky, rehabbing the torn ACL. he suffered during a pre-draft workout for the Boston Celtics, his Chicago connection with Juwan Howard, and more. Plus, Tim and host Sam Webb discuss Michigan's losses to Illinois and Oregon, possible remedies for recent offensive woes, and possible breakout performances by Brandon Johns and Franz Wagner.  Hosts: Tim McCormick and Sam Webb Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 18, 2019
2020 Michigan recruiting Signing Day preview
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In our first recruiting podcast in some time, we break down Michigan's 2020 recruiting class on the even of National Signing Day. We open with some broad thoughts on the class — currently ranked No. 11 in the 247Sports Composite — and how effective Michigan was. We debate the pros and cons of tidying up most of the class early on in the cycle, with only one commitment coming after July, and why recruiting and Signing Day might be perceived as more "boring" than a few years ago. We then get a little more specific with the class. We look at which players might play the soonest, which players are the biggest sleepers in the class and which player was the biggest recruiting win. We also look at which position groups' needs were filled the most, which assistant coaches deserve the most credit for their efforts on the trail and where Michigan could have used another key piece or two. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2019
Episode 6 with Michigan assistant Phil Martelli
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Tim McCormick and Sam Webb interview Michigan assistant Phil Martelli about his biggest adjustment as an assistant after decades as a head coach, Juwan Howard's impact on the recruiting trail, and more. McCormick and Webb also break down Michigan's victory over Iowa, look ahead to Illinois, and finish with a full Big 10 preview. Hosts: Tim McCormick and Sam Webb Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2019
Michigan Basketball Podcast - Episode 5 with Michigan forward Isaiah Livers
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Tim McCormick interviews Wolverine forward Isaiah Livers about the evolution of his game in Ann Arbor, how Juwan Howard has impacted his development, and more. Plus, Tim and host Sam Webb discuss Michigan's breakout performance in the Battle 4 Atlantis, why Louisville's pack line defense was so disruptive and the ways attack it, early returns on Franz Wagner, and a preview of Friday's Big Ten opener versus Iowa.  Hosts: Tim McCormick and Sam Webb Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2019
What's wrong and what's next as Michigan is blown out by Ohio State?
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In the wake of the Michigan football team's blowout loss to No. 1 Ohio State, we break down what the loss mean, key takeaways and how the gap between the two programs looks in the future. We open by looking at how far back the talent and success differential between the two programs goes, exploring the decade before Jim Harbaugh was hired for both the Wolverines (who went 73-53) and the Buckeyes (who went 110-21), and what went wrong for Michigan. We also evaluate how Harbaugh has helped the Wolverines narrow the gap, and how they haven't in many ways. We also look at the game specifically, and which mistakes were the most troubling moving forward for Michigan. We dissent on how the Wolverines should handle their defense heading into the offseason, and also look at where the biggest talent gaps in the next couple years will be. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2019
Ohio State preview and predictions
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In this episode, on the eve of "The Game," we break down over-unders and offer our predictions for the matchup. First, we look at how Michigan's offense could fare against the Buckeyes' top-ranked defense. We discuss what a fair expectation is for Shea Patterson and the Wolverines' passing game against Ohio State's secondary and which players might emerge in that matchup. Then, we look at Michigan's potential in the run game, underclassmen getting touches and how Michigan goes about trying to stop Chase Young. We then switch to the defensive side of the ball, looking at Michigan's ability to get sacks adn force turnovers, the Wolverines' ability to slow down JK Dobbins and Justin Fields, Ohio State's big-play potential and more. Finally, we close with our overall prediction for the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2019
Episode 4 with Michigan center Jon Teske
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Tim McCormick interviews Wolverine big man Jon Teske about the evolution of his game in Ann Arbor, how Juwan Howard is helping his development, growing up an Ohio State fan, and more. Plus, Tim and host Sam Webb discuss the differences between Juwan Howard and John Beilein in practice and in how they deal with players, how Franz Wagner's return will change the rotation, and preview the Battle for Atlantis.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2019
First look: Five questions about Michigan-Ohio State
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Rather than dissecting Michigan's 39-14 win over Indiana, we follow Aidan Hutchinson's advice and turn our attention to the Wolverines' upcoming matchup with No. 2 Ohio State. In the first of two preview episodes, we break down five early questions about the matchup. To begin, we look at Shea Patterson's rapid ascent, and how much he has closed the gap on Justin Fields in recent weeks. We also look at what makes Fields elite, and discuss if there is a way to contain him. We next look at if Michigan's defense is better-equipped to handle Ryan Day's offense this season than last, and how the Wolverines could contain the Buckeyes. In the longest component of the show, we break down why Michigan does seem hungrier about this season's matchup, debate whether that matters, look at how Ohio State created such a big gap in the rivalry and how it can ever be closed again. We close with each of our early keys to the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2019
Previewing Michigan's road test at Indiana
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Looking at the No. 12 Michigan football team’s matchup at Indiana, we break down three key questions about the game before diving into our predictions. First, we discuss what level of awareness eliminates a contest being a “trap game,” and what Indiana has done to potentially vault out of that category with its best season in 25 years. We explore why Michigan has struggled against the Hoosiers this season, as well as what the Wolverines had to say about Indiana this week in press conferences and what it means. We also look at the game on both sides of the ball. When it comes to Michigan’s defense, we revisit last season’s struggles, and why the Wolverines’ woes against Indiana were and once again can be a precursor to their matchup against Ohio State. We break down our viewpoint of why the Hoosiers’ offense is better than past seasons, and look at why Michigan’s defense might be better equipped anyways. On Michigan’s offensive side of the ball, we try to play coach and outline what our game plan against Indiana’s improved defense would be. Shaw explains why he isn’t sold on the Hoosiers’ defense, while the conversation shifts to what the best-case scenario is for the Wolverines. We close with our weekly over-under predictions looking at ll components of Saturday’s game, along with a final score prediction for the matchup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2019
Episode 3 with Milwaukee Bucks forward DJ Wilson
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Tim McCormick interviews former Wolverine and 2017 Milwaukee Bucks 1st round draft pick DJ Wilson about his career in Ann Arbor, the growth of his game, and playing on a championship contender with Giannis Antetokounmpo. Plus, Tim and host Sam Webb reflect upon Michigan's victories over Creighton and Elon, highlighting the in-game adjustments made by Juwan Howard, the defensive philosophy he brought with him from the Miami Heat, the evolution of Jon Teske, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2019
A closer look at Michigan's blowout win over MSU
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Following our typical 2-4-7 format, we break down two game balls, four key takeaways and answer seven questions stemming from the matchup. Our game balls are rather obvious, and serve as the first time both game balls went to members of Michigan’s passing game. We discuss the two players’ career games, and what it means. Our takeaways are more opponent-specific than usual, but we look at Michigan State’s meteoric decline from its peak in 2013-15, why maybe fans shouldn’t read too much into Michigan’s success Saturday and the recruiting impact a dominant win in the rivalry can have. Our questions tackle both big picture and smaller topics surrounding the team. We debate Michigan’s win over Notre Dame vs. its win over Michigan State in terms of changing perception, look at the Spartans’ conservative game plan, ponder if Michigan has an issue throwing the ball too low, discuss if the Wolverines can still have a “successful” season, look at Michigan’s kicking improvements, the offense’s preparedness against Ohio State and which oft-criticized player made fans eat their words the most. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2019
Michigan-Michigan State preview
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In this episode, we preview the No. 14 Michigan football team’s matchup against Michigan State, looking at three key questions, previewing the game with our weekly over-under predictions and offering our final predictions for the game. Our first question looks at the annual war of the words that leads up into the matchup, our interpretation of some of Michigan’s comments this week and where we think the Wolverines’ motivation is at. We discuss why Michigan is still seeking revenge on Michigan State, and why the Wolverines might hate the Spartans more than other rivals. Then, we discussed just how far Michigan State has fallen, and if the Spartans still have any of their upset magic left after losing four straight games, and why they might not in this year’s matchup. Finally, we look at what concerns Michigan most needs to address, looking at the Spartans’ likely game plans on both sides of the ball and how the Wolverines can improve the most coming out of a bye week. We close looking at the matchup on both sides of the ball with our weekly over-unders, then outline how we think the game will ultimately go. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2019
Interview with Michigan basketball icon Glen Rice
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Tim McCormick and Sam Webb interview former Michigan great Glen Rice about his iconic career in Ann Arbor, his thoughts on Juwan Howard, and more. Tim and Sam also reflect upon the Wolverines' near collapse versus Appalachian State, the team's offensive identity, possible lineup changes, and a preview of game two versus Creighton.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2019
Maryland recap and bye week outlook
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This week's lone football episode, we went longer than usual, breaking down our two game balls, four takeaways from Michigan's 38-7 win over Maryland and seven questions about the Wolverines' final four weeks of the season. Our game balls both went to two defensive players — one a key leader on the team and the other an unsung hero in the game — while we acknowledge some key players at several positions in the contest. Our four takeaways include three positives and one negative for the Wolverines. We credit Michigan's coaching staff for keeping the team on progress, note that the Wolverines were able to run the ball effectively, look at Michigan's ability to stop surrendering big plays on defense and question whether the Wolverines made a mistake not throwing the ball more. Our seven questions cover a wide range of topics. We break down why the offense looks different, try to make sense of the lack of downfield pass attempts, consider the defense's progress and talent relative to recent seasons, what Michigan needs to improve upon during the bye week, how the Big Ten can give teams like Maryland a chance and what we think of Jim Harbaugh's proposed 11-team College Football Playoff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2019
One-on-one with Juwan Howard
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Tim McCormick goes one-on-one with Juwan Howard discussing his first few months as Michigan's new coach and the challenge of trying to install a NBA system. Tim also shares his motivation for starting the podcast and goes back and forth with host Sam Webb on expectations for the season, breakout players, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2019
What can Michigan prove at Maryland?
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Previewing the No. 14 Michigan football team’s road trip to Maryland, we broke down three key questions for the matchup, and did our weekly over-under preview. Our first question, in which we disagreed on the answer, is what Michigan’s offensive approach should be against the Terrapins. Shaw argued that the Wolverines should push to try and air it out, while Lorenz made the case for Michigan continuing to develop its run game. Both kept an eye on bigger games in the season, with different outlooks on how the Wolverines can improve the most. They both agreed on the second key question, centered around what Michigan’s defense can improve upon in the game. Both felt the Wolverines could showcase their ability to limit the big play if they contained Maryland playmakers such as Anthony McFarland and Javon Leake. The two also discussed what Michigan can gain from a game like Saturday’s beyond a win. Both heavily felt Saturday should be used for Michigan to experiment with some of its younger, more talented players, while playing a complete game on the road served as a second element to keep in mind. Finally, the duo previewed the matchup with their weekly over-unders, and offered their predictions for the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2019
Recapping Michigan's colossal win over Notre Dame
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In a longer episode, we go in-depth on the Michigan football team's win over No. 8 Notre Dame, following our format of two game balls, four lasting takeaways and seven questions from the weekend. Our game balls both went to offensive players, looking at a key player in the trenches and a standout, ascending running back. We also outline other players who stepped up and played some of their best games of the season. With out four takeaways, we break down Michigan's offensive progress as it hits its stride, the Wolverines' expert game plan in their surprisingly dominant win, Michigan's defensive speed and why it matters and the Wolverines' ability to develop unheralded recruits. In a wide-ranging set of questions, we tackle listener questions on how play-calling duties have changed in recent weeks, if Michigan State or Indiana is tougher game this season, Tarik Black, Vincent Gray, potential offseason coaching changes, Jim Harbaugh's press conferences, the possibility of Michigan catching Ohio State and where this win ranks among Michigan's other this decade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2019
Four questions for Michigan before Notre Dame test
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Previewing the No. 20 Michigan football team's matchup against No. 8 Notre Dame, we look at four key questions we think the Wolverines must answer to come away with the win, then offer our predictions for the game. First, we look at whether the Michigan offense's solid second-half showing at Penn State is indicative of what's to come, or just a flash in the pan due to the Nittany Lions holding an early lead. In the discussion, we also look at why Shea Patterson and the offensive line improved, and what Notre Dame's defense brings to the table. We then consider how concerning Michigan's big-play defense is, and if the Wolverines can avoid lapses against a pretty balanced and dangerous Fighting Irish offense. Our final questions center around Michigan's challenge of emotionally bouncing back from a virtual title-eliminating loss, as well as why the Wolverines seem to show up so much better in big home games than big road games. Finally, we close with our over-under predictions and our final projections for how the game will shake out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2019
Unpacking Michigan's loss at Penn State
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Ditching our normal format to focus on Michigan's 28-21 loss to No. 6 Penn State, we break down the key questions after the game, grouped under four main categories. First, we discuss why Saturday's game was the latest in the long line of road issues for Michigan under Jim Harbaugh. We hypothesize why the Wolverines start so slow on the road, and why comebacks can be hard to pull off in raucous environments. We then look at the relatively impressive comeback and fight that Michigan showed, including a breakdown of which position groups impressed. Of course, we also take a peek at which position groups regressed, and held the Wolverines back from finishing the job. We take a moment to discuss officiating, whether Jim Harbaugh was right to say there was a disparity and what we would do to clean up officiating in college football. Closing our podcast, we discuss what Michigan has left to play for this season, what could be considered a successful season, if anything, and what the loss means in terms of the big picture of the Wolverines' program. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2019
Preview: Can Michigan overcome odds at Penn State?
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Previewing the Michigan football team's matchup at No. 7 Penn State, we break down some of the key storylines from the week and look at the matchup through the lens of our weekly over-under predictions. First, we discuss why we think the Wolverines' fans may be going overboard with their pessimism on Michigan's chances, though we also break down why the mindset is validated. We also dig into some of the more notable comments the Wolverines made in availability during the week and what can be read from them. The second half of the episode is devoted to our weekly over-under predictions, as we dissect what we expect to see from Michigan's passing game, ground game and defense. We close with our final assessments of the matchup and score predictions for the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2019
Breaking down Michigan's win over Illinois
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In this episode, we look at two game balls, opine on four lasting takeaways and discuss seven questions stemming from the No. 16 Michigan football team's 42-25 win at Illinois.  Our game balls, as is usually the case, are split between the offense and the defense. Our offensive MVP is a surprising skill position player who had by far the best game of his career, while our defensive standout is a player who had a lot of excitement around this season and hasn't been bad, but had something of a breakthrough in Saturday's game. Our takeaways include thoughts on Michigan's fumbles woes, a reassessment of the ceiling of the Wolverines, a take on why the way Michigan collapsed could be concerning for future games and a look at a breakout player. Our questions center around Ambry Thomas' NFL Draft stock, a defense that was spotty Saturday, what worked and what didn't for Shea Patterson, a concern meter after the game, midseason MVPs and position group rankings and what Michigan needs the most to beat Penn State.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2019
Michigan-Illinois preview and predictions
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Working without Steve Lorenz due to a scheduling conflict, Zach Shaw breaks down what he expects to see in Saturday’s matchup between Michigan and Illinois. Threading the podcast’s traditional over-under game throughout his preview, Shaw looks at Shea Patterson’s situation, and why the senior quarterback needs more than just a get-well game. He also looks at Michigan’s running backs, how the Wolverines can make progress and more on the Fighting Illini’s woeful defense. He also digs into Michigan’s potential to work in backup players such as Joe Milton and Hassan Haskins, and other reasons that a fast start can be beneficial. On the defensive side of the ball, Shaw explains why he expects the Wolverines’ defensive line to continue to improve, why stopping Illinois’ serviceable run game is important and what to look for from the Fighting Illini’s pass game with backup quarterback Matt Robinson likely to start. Shaw closes with things Michigan fans should watch in the game, and offers his prediction for the matchup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2019
Previewing Michigan-Illinois with Illini Inquirer
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After receiving strong reviews from last week’s joint podcast, we once again invite an opposing beat writer to join us, as Michigan beat writer Zach Shaw and Illinois beat writer Jeremy Werner discuss the key storylines for both teams heading into this week’s game.Acknowledging that the game itself is rather predictable and that neither team is using the game as a measuring stick, they instead begin by breaking down how each team has fared to expectations. Werner notes that Illinois’ improved team talent has yet to translate to better on-field success, and that that falls on coaching, while Shaw opines the weird spot that Michigan is in with a clearly improved product, yet not full satisfaction with Jim Harbaugh and the team's 4-1 record. The go back and forth, looking at each team's offenses so far, what the primary struggles have been and the key playmakers who might be in or out of the game. They also break down defenses. Finally, they close with the discussion of what can be gained or lost from Saturday’s game beyond the result for both teams, and how the matchup can set up the rest of the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2019
Analyzing Michigan's win over Iowa
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Breaking down the Michigan football team's 10-3 win over No. 14 Iowa, we look at two game balls, four lasting thoughts from the game and answer seven user questions from listeners. Both of our game balls went to the defense, as we handed them out to two disruptive pass-rushers who had maybe the best games of their careers. We also acknowledge runners-up on the defensive line, the secondary, and linebacking corps. Our lasting takes included two thoughts on Michigan's stellar defense and two on the Wolverines' offense. We note at how the process of week-to-week improvement and development are working on Michigan's defense, and how the opposite seems to be true for its offense. We also discuss the Wolverines' lack of offensive identity, and what could have been a breakthrough game for Michigan's defense. Finally, we answer questions tackling the Wolverines' quarterback situation, why the offense seems a more horizontal than expected, offensive coordinator Josh Gattis' tenure in Ann Arbor so far, fans' aspirations to move on quickly from quarterbacks and what Michigan can do to show progress against Illinois. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2019
Previewing Michigan's home test against Iowa
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In this episode, Lorenz and Shaw use their weekly over-under segments to preview the Michigan football team's matchup against No. 14 Iowa and offer their final prediction for the game. First, they look at how well Michigan might be able to pass on the Hawkeyes mostly inexperienced pass defense, and why that might be the key to breaking a statistically elite overall defense that Iowa brings. After that, they dissect what can be read about Michigan's run game woes, Iowa's run defense and how the Wolverines are splitting their carries. We also take a peek at Michigan's offensive line, Nick Eubanks and what kind of game plan Michigan might utilize. Then, we break down how Michigan's defense stacks up against the Hawkeyes. We break down Nate Stanley and Iowa's new-look passing attack, the Hawkeyes' experienced running backs committee, and what strengths and weaknesses Iowa has along the offensive line. We break down some of Michigan's emerging players on defense, who will be tested more than in previous seasons and how disruptive the Wolverines can be. We close with our final assessment of the matchup and prediction for Saturday's game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2019
Michigan-Iowa crossover preview with Zach Shaw and David Eickholt
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This podcast, a special crossover episode between The Wolverine247 Podcast and Hawkeye Insider’s Swarmcast, featured a discussion between Michigan beat writer Zach Shaw and Iowa beat writer David Eickholt about both teams. First, both discuss the teams’ respective starts to the season. Eickholt looks at Iowa and how much can be taken away from blowout wins, while Shaw digs into why the Wolverines have struggled to click right away. Then, the two look at how each offense has settled in with new faces and schemes. Eickholt looks into the Hawkeyes’ stronger-than-expected defensive front, and why there might be some struggles in the secondary. They also look at key players that could step up and other strengths and weaknesses. Both writers close by discussing what each team can do to win or lose Saturday's game, offering insight into what they think will happen in the matchup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2019
Rapid reaction to Michigan's 52-0 win over Rutgers
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In a rapid-reaction episode, we break down Michigan's dominant, 52-0 win over Rutgers. Sticking with our typical 2-4-7 format to postgame podcasts, we give out two game balls, offer four lasting takeaways and field seven questions from listeners. In our game balls, we give one to a member on each side of the ball, noting two successful starters who played arguably the best games of their careers Saturday. In takeaways, we break down a mantra the team is relying on after last week's loss, debate how opponents-neutral Michigan's success was, look at talented, ascending players on Michigan's defense, how the Wolverines' offense seemed to fit Shea Patterson better and more on the significance of the game. Listener questions sparked discussions on the run game, Josh Gattis coaching from the sideline, pick plays, Patterson's health, Artur Sitkowski's recruitment, struggles in the trenches and Cameron McGrone's solid game at linebacker. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2019
Previewing Michigan's bounce-back efforts against Rutgers
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In this episode, we continue to discuss the news and notes of the week while previewing Michigan's matchup against Rutgers. First, we break down the premise that Michigan is playing itself following its shell-shocking loss at Wisconsin last week, and how critical of a bounce-back week it is for the Wolverines. We discuss what sort of things Michigan can show to indicate that it is continuing to take steps forward both internally and externally, and what that looks like on offense, defense and special teams. We also break down the hurdles Michigan must climb to return to form — schematically and emotionally — and why the next three weeks could end up defining the Wolverines' season. Finally, we close with our over-under game on offense and defense, looking at how Michigan's offense might approach this game philosophically, why the Wolverines' defense should have a chance to settle in and sort out their personnel against Rutgers and our final predictions for the matchup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2019
Dissecting Michigan's catastrophic loss at Wisconsin
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Bucking our traditional postgame format a bit, we devote the entire podcast to tackling some of the key questions that stemmed from the Michigan football team's loss at Wisconsin. Among the questions included: -Where does the Wolverines' 35-14 loss rank among Jim Harbaugh's 15 losses as Michigan's coach? -Where do the 2019 Wolverines compare to Jim Harbaugh's other teams at Michigan? -What is holding Michigan's new offense back the most, and what do we make of Josh Gattis' impact so far? -How can the Wolverines' offense improve? -What should the Wolverines do with their quarterback situation? -Why does Michigan's defense struggle in big games, and what went wrong on that side of the ball Saturday? -Why did the Wolverines use a 3-3-5 Saturday, and how ominous is it? -How might a sluggish, down season impact 2020 and 2021 recruiting? -What is a realistic expectation for the Wolverines' final nine regular-season games this year? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2019
Previewing Michigan's trip to No. 13 Wisconsin
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After a bye week, we preview the No. 11 Michigan football team's matchup with No. 13 Wisconsin, looking at the key storylines and angles, as well as making predictions for the game. First, we open with a look into the constant do-or-die rhetoric that surrounds all of Michigan's big games. We note why the Wolverines are an easy target for national pundits and why this game is actually a big matchup without the world necessarily being at stake. Then, we dive into some of the things we're watching in the contest. We look at how Michigan's defense matches up against Wisconsin, particularly against the Badgers' offensive line and All-American Jonathan Taylor. We also try to dissect Wisconsin's exceptional start on offense, and what it means for Saturday's matchup. Then, we look at what Michigan's offense can do to get going against the Badgers. Then, we close with our weekly over-under game and our predictions for the matchup, including our first dame result disagreement of the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2019
Takeaways from Michigan's win over Army
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In this episode, we recap the Michigan football team's narrow 24-21, double-overtime victory over Army, handing out two game balls, opining on four lasting takeaways and answering seven questions about the Wolverines.In our game balls, two underclassmen, one on each side of the ball, stood out the most to us to earn recognitions. Listen for more, but both have been highly competitive at positions seen as weaknesses entering the season.In our takeaways, we break down some of our thoughts two days after the game, looking at the test Michigan's defense passed, some of the more concerning components of the Wolverines' offense, what the next two weeks entail for Michigan's coaching staff and what kind of opponent Army is.Finally, we answer questions about the team, addressing Shea Patterson, Josh Uche, Michigan's running backs situation, the play-calling of Josh Gattis, the Wolverines' kicking rotation, short-yardage rushing and defensive line depth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2019
Michigan-Army preview: What to watch and expect
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In this episode, we preview Michigan's Week Two matchup against Army. First, we break down why there is fear over the Wolverines' matchup with a service academy, what makes Army's triple-option, possession-based football so tricky to face and how possible the Black Knights are at pulling off the upset. We then break down how Michigan can counter what Army does offensively, how the Wolverines' coaching staff is more equipped than most to handle Army's offense as well as which defensive players might give Michigan some trouble. We then spend the second half of our show playing over-under, looking at how Michigan's running backs, receivers, tight ends, quarterbacks, offensive linemen, linebackers, defensive linemen, kickers and overall defense will do. We also offer our formal score prediction for the matchup and our rationale for why the game might not be as scary as some fans think. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2019
Recapping Michigan's win over Middle Tennessee
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In this episode, we go in-depth with our thoughts on the Michigan football team’s season-opening win over Middle Tennessee, looking at two standout players, four lasting observations and answering seven listener questions. In delivering our game balls, we break down the play of Michigan’s top offensive and defensive player, while also looking at three other candidates who stood out. When looking at our observations, we first take a peek at Michigan’s secondary and running backs corps, and how they may not be the issue areas many thought before the season. We also dissect how concerning some of the Wolverines’ offensive miscues are in the long run, some potential red flags from the offensive line and more. We close the show answering questions about mesh points, surprising impact players, Lavert Hill returning punts, Michigan’s injuries, power-run games and players we didn’t see a lot from. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2019
Middle Tennessee preview: Five things to watch
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In our first game preview episode of the season, we take a look at the Michigan football team's matchup against Middle Tennessee. Given that the Wolverines are heavily favored to beat the Blue Raiders, our five things to watch for are Michigan-specific. First, we discuss how the offense could look and what our approach would be to unveiling the Wolverines' new offense. We also take a look at new starters, and which ones we're the most intrigued to see what they can do. We then look at Michigan's new defense, and how the Wolverines will be challenged by the Blue Raiders' offense. We look at the pass rush and secondary, and what counts as a victory on Saturday beyond a win. Our final thing to watch includes a look at how we would handle Michigan's freshmen and reserve players and when we would let them take the game over. Finally, we close with an over-under game about Saturday's matchup and make our predictions for the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2019
Prediction special 2019: How will Michigan, the rest of the country fare?
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In our third annual all-prediction special, Lorenz and Shaw make 40 predictions for the 2019 season about Michigan, its schedule and the 2019 season nationally.First, we look at the Wolverines’ season, predicting who we think will be the team’s leading rusher, leading receiver, leading tackle-for-loss man, who scores the most total touchdown. We also make our predictions for the breakout player, team MVP and top freshmen on both offense and defense. We call our shot on first-team All-Big Ten players, what Michigan's biggest strength and weaknesses will be this season and whether the Wolverines will average 40 points per game and allow 20 points or less per game.Then, we go game-by-game, predicting how well Michigan will do in its 12 regular-season games and where the Wolverines might slip up. We also pick division winners of every Power-Five conference, each conference champion, our Heisman winner and who we expect to play in the College Football Playoff and win the national title. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 28, 2019
What we learned in fall camp and Harbaugh press conference reaction
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Opening the Michigan football team's first game week of the season, we look at Jim Harbaugh's Monday press conference as well as some of our biggest takeaways from fall camp. We begin by looking at redshirt sophomore right tackle Andrew Stueber's season-ending ACL injury, what it means for the Wolverines' offensive line and where Michigan goes from there. We also discuss Harbaugh announcing that Michigan doesn't have a No. 1 running back, his glowing comments about a number of true freshmen and other key notes. The second half of our show is devoted to fall camp takeaways, including our thoughts on the 2019 class, the Wolverines' linebackers, Michigan's new-look offense and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2019
Five best freshmen in fall camp and listener questions
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Continuing our fall camp coverage, we open our show with listener questions about the team, then break down our top five freshmen through three weeks of fall camp. Our questions begin around the team, as we address inquiries on Zach Charbonnet, running back depth, potential additions to the running backs room, receiver depth down the road, defensive backfield depth now, Michigan's new captains and even top tailgating spots in Ann Arbor on game days. Then, we close the show, looking at the five best freshmen on the team. Some of our ranking has to do with previously held beliefs, but much of it surrounds fall camp risers and newcomers immediately competing for jobs on both offense and defense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 21, 2019
Breaking down fall camp standouts for Michigan Football
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Steve Lorenz of 247Sports breaks down some fall camp standouts for Michigan and touches on the Andrew Stueber injury along with a few recruiting notes and a quick thought on the James Hudson/Jim Harbaugh situation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2019
Eight questions as Michigan's fall camp gets underway
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After waiting to hear from Michigan assistants about the first week of fall camp, Lorenz and Shaw do a quasi-preview of the Wolverines' month by breaking down eight questions related to Michigan. First, they look at the Wolverines' potentially precarious running backs situation, respond to Josh Gattis' comments and what to make of Michigan's running backs depth. Then, they proceed to the Wolverines' next-most discussed potential weakness, exploring why Michigan's defensive line might be halfway to the level it wants to be at this season. With those questions handled, the two look at potential bounce-back seasons for a couple of seniors who had down junior years, look at which freshmen could burn their redshirts and how Michigan might approach having so much depth at the skill positions. Following those three questions, the duo break down the Wolverines' cornerback depth (or lack thereof), the last time Michigan's offensive line was this good and what to make of a few special teams battles brewing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2019
Five lasting thoughts from Big Ten Media Days
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Reviewing Michigan's appearance at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, we try to group a number of going-ons into five major categories. First, we look at the national media's ability to blow Jim Harbaugh's comments out of proportion. Though we also discuss some of Harbaugh's shortcomings when tiptoeing a little too close to James Hudson's transfer case, we look into Harbaugh's platform, and what to make of the media storm surrounding his comments on Hudson and Urban Meyer. Next, we focus on the team, and how Michigan handled the new component of being the top dog at Big Ten Media Days. We look a little into the Wolverines' seeming reserved confidence, and opine on the media's choice to pick Michigan as the Big Ten favorites. Our next two takeaways draw upon two impressions the team offered while attending the event. First, we review Michigan's exceptional depth, which we argue is the Wolverines' best since in at least 15 years. Then, we look at how Michigan has taken increased pride in its offseason development program, and what it means for the team. Finally, we look at the Michigan-Ohio State dynamic, how it might change or stay the same after hearing from Ryan Day, what both players' takes on the rivalry are and what it means for the Wolverines to "embrace the suck." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2019
Ten things to watch at Big Ten Media Days
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In a solo episode from Zach Shaw, he previews his coverage at Big Ten Media Days, outlining 10 things that he's watching at the annual event in Chicago. First, he looks at five non-Michigan things that he's watching, previewing what he is expecting to see from new Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and his thoughts on the rivalry and taking over a storied program. He also previews one of Jim Delany's final appearances as Big Ten commissioner, briefly looking back at Delany's tenure and what to make of it.  He also previews a likely major discussion point, at how the Big Ten approaches its lack of recent playoff success, and what realignment or playoff expansion could do. Shaw also discusses what appears to be a culture change among Big Ten coaches, and previews what the impression of the apparently league favorite Wolverines might be among players, coaches and other media members. Then, Shaw switches to Michigan-centric topics, looking at what Jim Harbaugh might have to say, some of the position battles and players to keep an eye on and other stories he'll be looking for while in Chicago. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2019
Michigan football mailbag: July 15
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In an episode entirely devoted to listener questions, we tackle a number of topics related to Michigan football. First, we look at Michigan's cornerback depth and how it shakes out a couple weeks before fall camp begins. Along the way, we look at the younger members of the Wolverines' secondary, and who could be a dark horse to emerge this season. We also take a. peek at who might start at the safety position opposite Josh Metellus. Then, we look at Shea Patterson, how well he did last season and how he could improve this season. We also discuss his backups, and how Michigan can help itself down the road by making sure all three are happy. To close the show, we answer some quick-hitting recruiting questions, while also discussing which non-rivalry games we are the most excited to cover this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2019
Underrated players and qualms with the recruiting process
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Answering two questions from our listeners, we discuss Michigan football players we feel are underrated along with things we might consider changing about the recruiting process. First, we look at which Wolverines aren't getting enough hype or attention. The list ranged from players stepping into new starting roles, surprise contenders in position battles, players who redshirted last season, who were switching positions or didn't get a fair shake from fans last season. After breaking down our initial choices for most underrated, we also dig into other contenders and explore how a player could become overlooked and underrated. Then, we look at things we would change about the football recruiting process. Though an informal discussion, some of the issues discuss include contact periods, how frequently coaches can contact players, the oddity of soft commitments and non-committable offers, the recruiting calendar and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2019
Reaction to Franz Wagner's commitment and what it means for Michigan
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In the wake of German wing Franz Wagner's commitment and signing to play for the Michigan basketball team this upcoming season, we break down what the Wolverines' first commitment under Juwan Howard means for Michigan.  First, we look at how good Wagner is, what he's good at, where he can grow his game and how he can improve. We contextualize what can be read from his play in Germany, and how it could translate as a freshman. We also look at his fit, and how critical earning his commitment was for the Wolverines after a deflating offseason. Then, we turn our attention to Michigan's team, taking an early glimpse at how the starting lineup and rotation look with Wagner in the fold. We also answer listener questions on both who might lead Michigan in scoring next season and who the Wolverines most need to step up this offseason. We close by taking a look at Michigan's expectations for next season now that it has Wagner on its team, and more on what the pledge can do for the Wolverines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2019
Breaking down Michigan's flurry of post-visit commitments
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In this episode, we break down each and every one of Michigan's commitments in the last week and a half, which has totaled 11 pickups. The flurry may continue, but we decided to dig in to the 11 who have pledged. Starting toward the bottom of the 247Sports Composite rankings, we first look at defensive end and son of former NFL lineman Kris Jenkins, Massachusetts athlete Eamonn Dennis, Brooklyn-based VIPER William Mohan and New Jersey defensive end Aaron Lewis. Next, we look at offensive linemen Jeffrey Persi and Reece Atteberry, with a brief look at offensive line recruiting.  Then, we move on to the four-star Michigan recruits, looking at the Wolverines' influx in speed on both sides of the ball in Roman Wilson, Blake Corum, Jordan Morant, Kalel Mullings and A.J. Henning. Along the way, we discuss the recruiting battles and likely fit early on for each commitment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 03, 2019
Five reasons behind Michigan baseball's epic postseason
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Taking a break from our usual rotation of football, basketball and recruiting, this episode is solely focused on the Michigan baseball team, as we break down five reasons behind the Wolverines' epic postseason run to their first College World Series appearance since 1984 and now just their fourth-ever top-four national finish in Omaha. Mixing both macro and micro factors into Michigan's success, we begin by looking at Michigan's impressive recruiting run, and how that has developed under Michigan coach Erik Bakich. In addition to the overall talent, we also look at the Wolverines' personality types and identity, how they came to boast such a stellar pitching staff, unheralded veterans, Michigan's ability to make clutch players and stay composed, as well as the impact of the Wolverines' coaching. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2019
Previewing Michigan's monster recruiting weekend
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In a recruiting-focused episode, we break down Michigan football's major recruiting visit weekend. Attempting to explore all angles, we begin by looking at the top targets for the Wolverines who are visiting during the weekend — one receiver and one offensive lineman. We then look at the next tier of recruits who will be in town, handicapping some of the recruiting battles that are brewing and other teams to keep an eye on. We also expend out analysis, looking at what's working for Michigan in the 2020 recruiting cycle, what the timeline of the class might look like and how fans can follow along and determine for themselves if the upcoming weekend is a win. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2019
2020 recruiting notes and 2019 newcomer breakdown
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In this episode, we break down Michigan’s recent recruiting run in the 2020 class, breaking down the Wolverines’ three recent commitments — offensive tackle Zak Zinter, linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green and defensive end Braiden McGregor — and what the trio could bring to Michigan both in a football sense and a recruiting sense.  We also look ahead to what could be a busy month and change for the Wolverines’ 2020 class and what to watch for. The second half of the episode is spent looking at Michigan's 2019 recruiting class, many of which will arrive on campus this week or next to begin training in June.  We revisit some of the recruits who haven’t been discussed too much since signing nearly six months ago, breaking down early contenders to land two-deep roles, dark-horse recruits and what the rest of the class can do this summer to improve their trajectory.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 29, 2019
Reacting to Michigan hiring Juwan Howard as next head coach
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In the hours following reports that Miami Heat assistant and former Michigan basketball star Juwan Howard would take over the vacant Wolverines' head-coaching job, we discuss some of our early reactions to the hire.  We look at how hiring Howard grades for Michigan and what went into hiring him over other candidates. We also look at the key challenges that Howard faces in his first head-coaching job and first coaching gig in college. We break down some of the early recruiting pushes Howard will have to make, as well as looking at how we would handle retaining some of Michigan's key assistant coaches. Finally, we close by taking a peek at the coming months for Howard, what that could look like and also gauge just what kind of team he is inheriting for the 2019-20 season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2019
Ranking Michigan football's 10 best players following spring practice
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Taking a break from the ongoing discussion about the Michigan basketball team's search for a new head coach, we take a look at the Michigan football team, breaking down Michigan's 10 best players following spring practices and heading into the 2019 offseason. Combining what players have done as well as what their potential is in 2019, we dissect impact players who could carry the Wolverines this fall. First, we take a look at 5-10 names of players who just missed the cut due to a lack of experience, lack of prominent role or other factors. and dissect which players have the most potential to prove us wrong with their play on the field this fall. Then, we look at some of the players at the beginning of the list, how far they have come and what could be in store for them this season. The middle of our list includes several soon-to-be third-year starters, and we look at how important step forwards for them this season could be toward exceeding expectations. Finally, we reveal our picks for the best players on the team, discussing why we view them so highly and what expectations there are for them this fall. We also look at some trends on the list, and what that means for the Wolverines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2019
John Beilein departs and what's next for Michigan hoops?
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In an emergency podcast, Lorenz and Shaw breaking down the stunning breaking news that saw Michigan basketball coach John Beilein leave the Wolverines to become head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. They break down how shocking the news was to us, why leaving for Cleveland and the NBA overall does and does not make sense and what some of the key differences are. The two also look at John Beilein's legacy, breaking down how and why he was so successful at Michigan, unpacking some of the more impressive things he accomplished in 12 years and what's going to make him so hard to replace. Finally, they crack open their list of potential replacements, taking a peak at which big- and small-name coaches could be good fits for the Wolverines and how Michigan should approach the search. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2019
J.J. McCarthy commits, other recruiting notes, Barton Simmons
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In a recruiting-centric episode, Lorenz and Shaw open by breaking down top-20 recruit and 2021 quarterback J.J. McCarthy's commitment to Michigan. They look at his game, what can be gleaned from his sophomore season performance, why the Wolverines were fine taking his pledge so early and what it can mean for the 2021. Shaw and Lorenz also look at Michigan's 2020 class, including why things have been quiet in the commitment department, some top targets with visits or decision dates looming, other names to keep in mind and a little bit on what the 2020 class could look like. Finally, Shaw closes with an interview with 247Sports Director of Scouting Barton Simmons, as they dig into the national perspective of McCarthy's game and what it means for Michigan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2019
Michigan's South Africa trip and recruiting updates
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We open the show discussing Michigan's annual offseason foreign trip, which is heading to South Africa this year after trips to Italy and France. We break down why South Africa made it on the list, how David Turnley gives the Wolverines a unique look at the country and more benefits to the trip. We also look the trip from the fans' perspective, addressing the vocal minority against the trip, why the trip is a good idea and the impact that the trip has on recruits, players, parents and others. Then, we turn to some 2020 recruiting updates, looking at how and why Michigan could be turning up the heat on the class after it's trip and some prospects to keep an eye on for visits. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2019
Recapping Michigan's 2019 NFL Draft class and an early look to 2020 crop
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Focusing solely on the NFL Draft, Lorenz and Shaw break down the fits of Michigan's five NFL Draft picks (Devin Bush Jr., Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich, David Long and Zach Gentry) and how we forecast their early NFL futures. We also break down what the haul means for a continuing trend of talent development under Jim Harbaugh and whether or not it makes a difference with recruits. Then, after looking at the seven Wolverines who landed undrafted free agent opportunities, we break down Michigan's potential NFL Draft picks in 2020, dissecting players at every position and sifting through the list of potential first-round picks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2019
Post-spring football questions, spring risers, position group power rankings
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In a football-focused episode, we first answer a series of questions from listeners, looking at defensive players who need to step up, why Michigan's cornerback recruiting isn't the problem some think it is and unpacking some of Don Brown's comments about his defense following Spring practices. Then, we review some key storylines from the spring, first looking at players who improved their stock the most this spring, We look at key players who made the most of their opportunities, what kind of role such players could have in the fall, who else could be due to step up and how to interpret information that comes out of spring practices. Finally, we close by ranking Michigan's 10 position groups, comparing our list to a similar list we put out before spring practice began, dissecting hwo and why some groups rose in the rankings and why others fell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2019
Jordan Poole, NBA Draft decisions and Michigan basketball recruiting
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In a basketball-focused episode, Shaw and Lorenz look at Jordan Poole's seemingly inevitable decision to turn pro, and react to Poole's father's comments citing that the Wolverines' system put Poole in suboptimal position. We also weigh in with our thoughts on Poole's decision, including some analysis at how the college basketball landscape has changed for players who aren't drafted. Then, we look at Michigan's lone remaining draft decision — Ignas Brazdeikis — and break down the likelihood it is that he returns. We also look at the rest of Michigan's returning players and what the departures mean for them. Finally, we close by looking at Justin Pierce, Franz Wagner, Lester Quinones, Nah'Shon Hyland and other potential recruiting targets that Michigan could turn to, along with who the Wolverines are most likely to get. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 24, 2019
Taking football questions, Sims transfer and recruiting talk
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After breaking down Spring Game takeaways in the previous episode, Lorenz and Shaw field football-related questions from listeners. The discuss what Ben VanSumeren's redshirt freshman season could look like at running back and H-back, how Michigan has seemingly gotten over its decade-long depth problem, what to make of Michigan's 9.5 over-under win total projection and the Wolverines' schedule, how position roles might change under Josh Gattis and more. Then, they break down the breaking news of cornerback Myles Sims' decision to enter his name into the transfer portal, and what that says about the Wolverines' cornerback position right now and moving forward. Finally, Shaw and Lorenz look at the latest in recruiting, discussing a recent 2020 decommitment, how and why Michigan is getting a lot of players to visit this spring, the state of the Wolverines' 2020 recruiting class and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 18, 2019
Podcast 04-15-19 (Michigan Spring Game takeaways)
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We discuss five lasting thoughts from the Michigan football team's Spring Game. First, we break down just how different Michigan's offense looked in the scrimmage portions of the event, from no-huddle looks to increased speed to changed routes and play selection. Shaw also looks at what players had to say about the offense's changes afterward. We also break down Michigan's passing proficiency, and debate whether those were coverage woes, skilled receivers, both or neither. Then, we turn to the defensive side of things, dissecting why we think Michigan's defensive line could be better and deeper than initially forecasted. The conversation transitioned into a look at what we both believe to be the Wolverines' deepest team in over a decade, how Michigan got there and what kind of impact that can have. Finally, the we discuss how the Spring Game was considered a success in our eyes, freshmen standouts and some other topics to keep in mind heading into the summer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2019
Podcast 04-12-19 (Spring Game preview)
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Ahead of Saturday's Spring Game, open and free to the public, Shaw opens the show answering a few football-related questions, then dives into 10 things he'll be watching in the Spring Game.  The list included: -Looking at players who have switched positions, such as Ben Mason. -Freshmen like Mike Sainristil who made an early impact. -New starters to keep an eye on in the defensive secondary and along the defensive line -Players returning to action from injuries -Players who are still injured -A shaky running backs situation -Other position battles to watch -What's going on at special teams -Plenty of other, smaller things to watch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2019
Podcast 04-11-19 (Basketball NBA Draft decisions and where Michigan turns to next)
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Continuing our shorter, more frequent format, Shaw breaks down the ins and outs of Michigan's three players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.  He dissects the factors going behind the decision to test the waters, and what will convince Charles Matthews, Jordan Poole and Ignas Brazdeikis to either decide to stay in the draft pool past the May 29 deadline or not. He also discusses fan perspectives, and how fans can acclimate to the changing NBA decision landscape. Then, he breaks down where the Wolverines can turn to next, investigating the recruitment of three remaining 2019 targets, an early peak at potential graduate transfers and who on the current team can help fill the void the potential departures might leave. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2019
Podcast 04-09-19 (Michigan football spring defensive preview)
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Switching to a shorter, twice-weekly podcast format, our show is solely focused on our spring preview of the Michigan football team’s defense.Starting up front and working backwards, we look at each position on the Wolverines’ defense and the key questions surrounding each group.  On the defensive line, we look at Michigan’s defensive end depth and discuss who could or should emerge as top-level talent. Inside, we wonder if the Wolverines will be able to rotate enough game-ready tackles, what happens if injuries strike and even discuss potential schematic changes to be made. Moving on to linebackers, we break down how Michigan can go about the unenviable task of replacing Devin Bush Jr., what Khaleke Hudson can do differently this season and some new contributors. In the secondary, we look at the progress and potential of Ambry Thomas, who else has stepped up at cornerback, safety candidates and where Daxton Hill might fit in. We close looking at Michigan’s battles at kicker and in the return game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2019
Podcast 04-04-19 (Michigan basketball reflection, spring football updates and discussion)
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This week, we break down the Michigan basketball team’s loss to Texas Tech in the Sweet Sixteen, and what the Wolverines’ 30-7 season that delivered no banners means. In the discussion we talk about Michigan exceeding expectations early on in the season, how the season compares to the Wolverines’ top other teams under John Beilein and what to make of their final game.  We also look ahead to Michigan’s early outlook for next season, and why the Wolverines could see little to no drop-off by the time fall rolls around. Then, we turn our attention to looking at Michigan football, assessing the virtual depth chart that Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh provided. We discuss our surprises in the two-deep, players who might be making the biggest moves, key injuries and what it means that Harbaugh is so open about the depth chart. We close the show with more thoughts on Michigan’s spring so far, then take listener questions to finish up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2019
Podcast 03-26-19 (Des Moines NCAA Tournament recap, previewing Michigan's Sweet Sixteen matchup)
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For the second week in a row, our podcast is centered entirely on basketball. We open by reflecting on Michigan’s weekend in Des Moines, looking at Des Moines as a host city, how the Wolverines fared in blowout wins over Montana and Florida and what some our lasting impressions of the weekend were. Included are looks into Charles Matthews, Jon Teske, Zavier Simpson and Isaiah Livers’ progress. Then, we turn the page to Michigan’s Sweet Sixteen trip to Anaheim, where the Wolverines will face the nation’s No. 1 defense in Texas Tech. We dissect how the Red Raiders’ defense is so good, what Michigan can do to get around it, other things Texas Tech brings to the table and what the biggest thing the Wolverines can do to help their chances is. We also discuss what Michigan needs to accomplish as a team to get out of Anaheim unscathed and make it to the Final Four, while taking a look at the state of the Wolverines after the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Finally, we look at the rest of the NCAA Tournament, previewing the Sweet Sixteen at large and other matchups we’re excited for. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 27, 2019
Podcast 03-21-19 (NCAA Tournament preview and inside Michigan's locker room)
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This week’s podcast, live from Des Moines instead of in studio, is full of Michigan basketball talk. With Steve Lorenz unable to make it on the show, Zach Shaw runs things solo, opening with his thoughts on the Michigan basketball team’s runner-up finish in the Big Ten Tournament, its loss to Michigan State and how concerning it is to lose to the Spartans three times in four weeks.Then, Shaw opines on Michigan’s NCAA Tournament draw, beginning with the Wolverines’ first-round rematch with Montana. Shaw discusses how the Grizzlies are different than they were last season, and what each difference means for Michigan’s ability to avoid an upset loss.Following that discussion, he breaks down the potential rest of the field, which lacks big-name programs but does have a number of solid, experienced and defensive-oriented teams that it could face in every round. He makes his pick for which opponent would be the toughest matchup for Michigan, while also running through scenarios and how the bracket looks similar to last season.Then, Shaw turns things over to the Michigan locker room, where he was able to record interviews with Luke Yaklich, Jordan Poole, Charles Matthews and Zavier Simpson. The four discuss Michigan trying to bounce back from a championship loss, regaining confidence after another defeat and their thoughts on the matchup in addition to much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2019
Podcast 03-13-19 (Michigan basketball, Big Ten Tournament preview, Wolverines WR, TE, OL spring previews)
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This week, we hit heavy on both basketball and football. We open discussing the Wolverines’ loss at Michigan State to lose out on the Big Ten title, and what some of our lasting impressions from the game were. Included our thoughts on the officiating, on Xavier Tillman, on how much Charles Matthews was missed, on how concerning Michigan’s second half was and more. That discussion transitioned into a listener question that pondered what Michigan can realistically change to enhance its chances at a deep NCAA Tournament run. We break down how free-throw rate, assist rate, Jordan Poole and the return of Matthews could all play a role, among other things. We also break down the 2019 Big Ten Tournament, identifying dark horse teams, trap games in the bracket and which two teams we think will be playing on Sunday.We close the podcast by continuing our series of looking at the key questions and storylines surrounding each Michigan football position group ahead of spring practices. This week, we break down the Wolverines’ wide receivers, tight ends and offensive linemen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 13, 2019
Podcast 03-07-19 (Bracket watch, UM-MSU part 2, QB and RB spring previews)
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This week, the episode begins with a lengthy discussion about Michigan’s role in the NCAA Tournament. We look at the Wolverines’ resume, how their season finale in at Michigan State or in the Big Ten Tournament could change things, other teams Michigan fans should keep an eye on, offer an early preview of which other teams might be good or bad matchups for the Wolverines and offer other thoughts on bracketology. Then, we break down Michigan’s matchup on the road at No. 9 Michigan State, a game that will decide the Big Ten regular-season champions, and consider the things the Wolverines can do differently in the matchup. From ball-screen defense to personnel to offensive tweaks, we outline some of the things Michigan likely considered during its longer layoff, and debate whether the Wolverines can pull off the upset victory. Finally we close with part one of our three-part spring football positional preview, dissecting the key questions surrounding Michigan’s quarterbacks and running backs position. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2019
Podcast 03-01-19 (Michigan hoops, pre-pre spring football, 2020 FB recruiting notes)
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This week’s episode actually discusses all three categories surrounding Michigan. We begin by discussing the Michigan basketball team’s 1-1 week, looking into what doomed the Wolverines in their loss to Michigan State, how significant it was, the latest with Jordan Poole and Charles Matthews and how much of the loss was the Wolverines playing poorly versus the Spartans playing well. Then, we break down Michigan’s dominant home finale win over Nebraska, looking into the Wolverines’ push to play through the post, their defensive adjustments and how much can be read into a blowout of the reeling Cornhuskers. We also dissect the latest in Colin Castleton and David DeJulius, and what kind of role they can play for Michigan down the stretch. Following that discussion, we next look at Michigan football two weeks out of spring practices starting. We first review our rankings earlier in the week of where each position group stands, dissecting why Michigan’s passing offense may be solid, why the defense has some questions to answer — especially up front — and what to make of Michigan’s inexperienced running backs corps. We also break down which Wolverines may be due for a big season, and which skill position player we think will get the most touches. Finally, we close by looking at the Michigan perspective of the latest 2020 football recruiting rankings, including which rising targets the Wolverines are in on, other recruits to keep an eye on and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2019
Podcast 02-13-19 (Michigan basketball, 2020 recruiting, Pep is gone)
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The podcast opens with around 40 minutes of discussion about the Michigan basketball team. We begin by breaking down the sixth-ranked Wolverines’ 75-69 upset loss at Penn State, and what went into some of Michigan’s woes both on offense and on defense. We also look at some of the officiating that occurred in the game, including Michigan coach John Beilein’s first ejection from a game in 40 years. We continue the discussion by looking at what concerns that emerged Tuesday night are legitimate concerns for the remainder of the season, and if and how Michigan can overcome some of its bigger issues ahead of a tough stretch of games to close the regular season. Following the basketball talk, we switch to football for the closing 25 minutes. We answer a question about fan panic over 2020 recruiting and early signs for Michigan, then break down what to make of the Wolverines’ decision to let Pep Hamilton go, replace him with Ben McDaniels and hire two new analysts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 13, 2019
Podcast 02-07-19 (2019 recruiting special and other Michigan topics)
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This week’s podcast, about half an hour longer than usual, includes over an hour of recruiting discussion, as Lorenz and Shaw break down virtually every angle of the Michigan football team’s 2019 recruiting class. The two discuss their impressions of the class overall, key recruiting wins in the class, trends in evaluating the cycle, which recruits will have instant impact, what can be read about the early enrollees, which players are sleeper prospects, who will have the biggest overall impact and which coaches stepped up most in the class. Following that discussion, the duo break down the early goings of the 2020 recruiting cycle from a macro perspective, looking at the impact of Michigan’s new assistant-coaching hires, which areas of the country the Wolverines are going to target the hardest and some early names to keep tabs on. The podcast closes with a brief discussion of Michigan hockey, Wisconsin basketball and the Wolverines basketball team’s matchup against the Badgers Saturday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2019
Podcast 01-22-19 (Michigan hoops lost and January recruiting updates)
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The discussion begins with us breaking down the No. 5 Michigan basketball team’s upset loss at Wisconsin Saturday. We break down which shortcomings were also causes for concern, which ones could be cause for concern should trends continue and which ones were unique to the Wolverines’ trip to Wisconsin. Lorenz breaks down what makes the Badgers such a hard team to beat, while Shaw offers his thoughts from being on the scene in Madison. Both also offer other takeaways from the loss, and what they mean moving forward. Following that, the two switch to talking recruiting, breaking down the latest in January recruiting, what can be gleaned from the new assistant coaches’ early impact, what’s coming up for Michigan and why this time of year is so interesting for recruiting. We close the show with a couple of listener questions we didn’t get to earlier. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22, 2019
Podcast 01-17-19 (Gattis and other hires, more Michigan football and basketball still rolling
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This week, we open our discussion with analysis on Michigan’s three assistant-coaching hires. We break down the Wolverines’ decisions to hire offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, unspecified defensive assistant Anthony Campanile and defensive line coach Shaun Nua. We discuss what there is to like about all three, as well as what questions have yet to be answered. We also discuss how this shapes Michigan’s offseason, the impact it could have on the recruiting trail and what else it means for the Wolverines moving forward. We field some listener questions about recruiting and Michigan football, and then discuss the Michigan basketball team’s continued success, what can be expected in coming weeks and predict when the Wolverines will lose. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2019
Podcast 1-10-19 (Peach Bowl reaction, offseason changes and Michigan basketball)
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After a nearly month-long hiatus, the podcast begins with our lasting thoughts about the Michigan football team's blowout loss to No. 10 Florida in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta. We discuss not only what went wrong in the game, but also what sort of changes, if any, can be made to improve the team culture to avoid deflating finishes. We also discuss the departures of former Michigan assistant coaches Greg Mattison and Al Washington, weigh in on Jim Harbaugh's track record of replacements and have a brief discussion about next year. Then we pivot to basketball talk, weighing in on the Wolverines' 15-0 start, what has keyed Michigan's success, how and where the team can improve and how the hot start has modified peoples' expectations for the season. Due to the news breaking after we recorded, we did not discuss Michigan's hiring of Alabama co-offensive coordinator Josh Gattis. Due to time constraints, we also didn't talk extensively about the Wolverines' 2019 recruiting class, though we did mention some key players and will discuss both topics and more next week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2019
Podcast 12-11-18 (Basketball success, Harbaugh staying, Daxton Hill)
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The podcast begins with recruiting, including discussion surrounding the Michigan football team’s loss of five-star safety commitment Daxton Hill to Alabama. We break down how it happened, what Michigan’s reaction was, and where the Wolverines go with Hill and others from here. During the talk, we also take a look at Michigan’s 2019 recruiting class just over a week before the December signing period. Following the recruiting discussion, we dissect Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s decision to take a hard stance against NFL head-coaching rumors tied to him, and what ind of impact that has for recruits and the team. We also take a moment to look at the impact of Urban Meyer’s retirement. Then, we turn our attention to the No. 5 Michigan basketball team, who is off to the fourth 10-0 start in school history and is seen by some metrics as the top team in the country. We break down Ignas Brazdeikis’ star power, Jon Teske and Isaiah Livers’ growth, the Wolverines’ team defense and more, while also looking at a few areas where Michigan can improve in order to sustain its success. We briefly break down our early thoughts of the Big Ten as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 11, 2018
Podcast 11-27-18 (Ohio State review and what it means)
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This week, the podcast is almost entirely centered around the Michigan football team’s stunning blowout loss to Ohio State to lose out on Big Ten Championship and College Football Playoff contention.  We first look at what went wrong in the game, from the Wolverines’ offense failing to seize opportunities in the first half, deciding to stick with their game plan rather than attack Ohio State in ways that other teams had success, the defensive line struggling in major ways and the Buckeyes picking apart Michigan’s top-ranked defense. We then expand things and examine what the big-picture takeaways are from the game. While we both agreed that wholesale changes aren’t necessary, we did dive into what is ailing Michigan in big games and against more prepared and athletic teams, and what the Wolverines can do about it moving forward.  Finally, we close with our thoughts on Michigan’s upcoming bowl game, and what the Wolverines can gain or should try to do in the game, likely to be either the Rose Bowl or Fiesta Bowl. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2018
Podcast 11-20-18 (Ohio State week)
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This week’s podcast is all about the No. 4 Michigan football team’s matchup against No. 10 Ohio State. We open with a lengthy discussion about Karan Higdon’s so-called “guarantee” that the Wolverines would beat the Buckeyes, how valid the guarantee is and what to make of the smack-talk gamesmanship teams and fans seem to try to use in today’s college football landscape. Then, we refocus to Saturday’s game, fielding listener questions about the matchup. During this, we discuss how Indiana and Northwestern have opened up their offenses with slants, and why that could spell trouble for Michigan. We also debate who will win in a matchup against Dwayne Haskins’ passing offense and the Wolverines’ nation-leading passing defense. Our discussion continues with a look at Michigan’s offensive and defensive lines, the Buckeyes susceptible defense — particularly against big plays — and how special teams could very heavily factor into Saturday’s matchup. We close as we do each week with our over-under preview segment looking at how Michigan could win or lose in Columbus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2018
Podcast 11-15-18 (Basketball success, Indiana preview and more football)
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The podcast begins with a discussion surrounding the No. 18 Michigan basketball team’s 73-46 road romp over No. 8 Villanova. We break down how impressive the win was given history and context, what elements went into the blowout victory, what it means and what concerns still exist for the Wolverines moving forward.  Then, the discussion shifts toward the No. 4 Michigan football team, and its likely home win over Indiana. We discuss what things beyond a win could be considered successes for the Wolverines, a little bit of why Michigan could have the upper hand over Ohio State and an outlook at what the Hoosiers bring to the table. We then close with our weekly over-under game and some other thoughts on the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2018
Podcast 11-6-18 (Penn State recap, Rutgers preview, recruiting 5-stars)
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The show begins with a lengthy discussion of how the current Michigan football team — ranked fourth nationally — compares to the Wolverines’ 2016 team, as well as how Michigan’s current defense ranks among the best in school history. This also carries into a discussion of why the Wolverines are having so much success with the team that they have. Then, the duo switch gears to discuss recruiting, as Lorenz offers some clarification into what it means for a 247Sports Crystal Ball to be submitted, what’s working in Michigan’s favor with five-star defensive end Zach Harrison, how five-star athlete Quavaris Crouch’s latest visit to Ann Arbor went and more. After that, the two tackle some team-related questions, including how Michigan should handle its backup quarterbacks after Dylan McCaffrey’s injury last weekend, what the Wolverines’ offensive line depth looks like moving forward, Josh Uche’s emergence and more.  Finally, they preview Michigan’s matchup against Rutgers using their weekly over-under game, forecasting what they both believe will be a lopsided matchup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2018
Podcast 10-30-18 (College Football Playoff, Michigan review and Penn State preview)
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This week, the duo dissect what to make of the College Football Playoff picture ahead of Tuesday night’s rankings unveiling. Lorenz makes his stump speech for non-SEC teams, while Shaw disagrees, though both agree on which teams Michigan — should it continue its winning streak and capture the Big Ten — needs to root for henceforth. Then, they revisit the wild Big Ten West, making their latest predictions at who wins as well as a look at the conference overall. After that, Lorenz and Shaw refocus on Michigan, fielding questions from listeners. Included are topics on surprises this season for the Wolverines good and bad, position groups of concern for Michigan in the future, a look at the Wolverines’ offensive identity moving forward and more. Finally, they preview No. 5 Michigan’s matchup against No. 14 Penn State, discussing what the Nittany Lions bring to the table with so much attrition from last season, how Michigan can stop Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley and other thoughts on the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2018
Podcast 10-23-18 (MSU, Michigan tops in Big Ten, James Hudson, Rashan Gary)
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The show begins with plenty of discussion about the Michigan football team’s eventful trip to East Lansing and eventual 21-7 win over Michigan State. Included were Lorenz and Shaw’s thoughts on the pregame scuffle, how the rest of the game played out, what went well and what didn’t and a look at what the win means for the Wolverines. Then, the conversation shifts to the debate on if Michigan is indeed the best team in the Big Ten, how the Wolverines ascended to a top-five team for the first time in nearly two years, and what about this year’s team might keep Michigan in the Big Ten title and College Football Playoff picture into November. Following that, the duo discuss their thoughts on James Hudson’s transfer and the impact that it may cause with the team and in recruiting moving forward. They also dissect — to the best of their ability — Rashan Gary’s injury situation, how Michigan has played in his absence, and some thoughts on the Wolverines’ ability to develop players. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 23, 2018
Podcast 10-18-18 (Recruiting, Wisconsin recap and MSU preview)
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Since they put off recruiting last week, this week’s show opens with Lorenz and Shaw discussing a big recruiting visit weekend. At the top of the list is how things might stand slightly in Michigan’s favor with five-star 2019 Ohio defensive end Zach Harrison, and what things the Wolverines have done well to remain in the race. They also discuss others who visited this weekend, what Drew Singleton’s transfer means for recruiting and other miscellaneous notes. Then the duo go back and forth on how significant Michigan’s blowout win over Wisconsin was. While both agree that Michigan’s defense was stellar, they differ on how much can be read from the Wolverines’ offensive success, and discuss why the Badgers called plays the way that they did. Finally, the two preview Michigan’s trip to East Lansing to take on No. 24 Michigan State, analyzing how both teams have fared this season in a number of ways, what’s missing from Michigan State, what threat to the Wolverines that the Spartans pose, lightly discuss injuries, play over-under and offer their final predictions for the matchup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2018
Podcast 10-11-18 (Wisconsin game preview, injuries and more)
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This week’s podcast was almost entirely centered around the No. 12 Michigan football team’s matchup with Wisconsin. We talk about how the Wolverines have improved over the last five weeks in a number of key areas, as well as how Wisconsin and Michigan State look more mortal than when the season began, and what the next three games can and will tell us about the Wolverines’ season. We also discuss how a night game can help the Wolverines, and poke some fun at people who don’t enjoy night games. Then, we dissect the situation and likely impact of several of Michigan and Wisconsin’s injured players, then pivot to preview what the Badgers bring to the table both with a talented, experienced offense and a defense that appears susceptible to Michigan’s offense. We close with our weekly over-under segment and predictions for the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2018
Podcast 09-27-18 (Michigan dominating, five-star outlook, Northwestern preview)
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With fewer questions from readers this week, Lorenz and Shaw recap what is going well for the No. 14 Michigan football team on offense, defense, special teams and more after the Wolverines dismantled Nebraska, 56-10 for their third consecutive blowout win.  Discussions are centered around Michigan’s dynamic and unique offense, its conversion improvements on third downs and in the red zone, what the offense could look like moving forward, why the defense looks dominant yet again and who has stepped up, and some talk about special teams, how Michigan’s current team compares to 2016 and 2017 and more. Then, the two dissect Michigan’s standing with four remaining five-star recruits (Zach Harrison, George Karlaftis, Quavaris Crouch and Kyle Ford) that it has a shot at landing, eventually ranking which ones are the most and least likely to commit to the Wolverines. Finally, Lorenz and Shaw preview Michigan’s matchup at Northwestern, playing over-under, discussing what the Wildcats bring to the table and offering their thoughts on the game and final prediction for the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2018
Podcast 09-20-2018 (Daxton Hill, non-conference review, Nebraska)
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For the first time in a while, the show begins with a recruiting discussion, as Lorenz and Shaw break down Michigan’s pickup of five-star 2019 safety Daxton Hill and where it ranks among the Wolverines’ recent recruiting wins.  The two also discuss Hill as a prospect, what to read into safety recruiting rankings, some history with Michigan’s five-star recruits and what the Wolverines did on the recruiting trail to beat Alabama, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State for his services. They also briefly touch on the impact (or lack thereof) of Hill’s pledge on other top-flight recruits that Michigan is pursuing. After that, the two discuss their biggest takeaways from non-conference play for the Wolverines at several positions, opining on improved special teams, Shea Patterson and the passing game’s hot start, offensive line and run-game woes and what to make of Michigan’s defense. Then, they close the show discussing the Wolverines’ matchup against Nebraska Saturday, differing on how “back” the Cornhuskers are, what Adrian Martinez’s injury status is, how to evaluate Nebraska’s defense, playing over-under on a number of topics and ultimately making their final predictions for the game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2018
Podcast 09-13-18 (Western Michigan, SMU, offensive line and position battles)
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This week’s show opens, per Lorenz’s request, with discussion over the Detroit Lions’ meltdown against the New York Jets, and if there has ever been a situation in college football or Michigan history where a coach was so obviously in over their head in week one.  Following that, the two discuss the Wolverines’ newfound passing attack, which includes Shea Patterson’s early returns and apparent improvements from Michigan’s wide receivers. The discussion also turns into talk about what Patterson does well already, and what his next steps could look like. The two also break down other lasting impressions from the Wolverines’ 49-3 win over  Then the two look at emerging and present position battles that could factor into Saturday’s game, exploring Carlo Kemp’s ascension, how Brad Hawkins and Brandon Watson fit in and other second-string players to keep an eye on. Afterward, the two discuss Michigan’s offensive line for the umpteenth time, breaking down what to make of Michigan’s apparent push to make where Jalen Mayfield and James Hudson stand more public. In doing so, they also discuss both players’ trajectories, and when might be the best time to make a switch if Michigan indeed likes their prospects better than its current starters. Before closing the show, Lorenz and Shaw also field additional questions surrounding Michigan football. Then, they play over-under with regards to Michigan’s matchup against SMU, providing their thoughts into what the matchup will be like and what the Wolverines can do to make it a successful weekend beyond the box score. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2018
Podcast 09-06-18 (Notre Dame, offensive line and Western Michigan)
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This week, Lorenz and Shaw break down the Michigan football team’s loss at Notre Dame and what went wrong for the Wolverines. Topping the list, unsurprisingly, were Michigan’s issues on the offensive line, what it means moving forward and how the Wolverines should handle the starting tackle positions. Also on the list were Michigan’s issues converting on offense and a lack of an identity, what panic level Wolverine fans should hold and other things that went wrong on Saturday. The conversation then shifts to where and how Michigan can improve in a favorable next few weeks of the schedule, how the season outlook compares this week to before the season began and some discussion over how warranted and reactionary Michigan fans are compared to other schools. The podcast closes with some other questions, including discussions about Shea Patterson, Brad Hawkins, Michigan’s defensive tendency to over pursue against mobile quarterbacks and what, outside of a win, could constitute as a success for Michigan this weekend against Western Michigan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2018
Podcast 08-30-18 (Notre Dame preview, football news and notes, recruiting)
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This week, Lorenz and Shaw don’t field questions from listeners, and instead open the show discussing the Michigan football’s team’s slew of apparent injuries, the impact of Tarik Black’s absence from games and the state of Michigan’s receiving corps. Then, the duo discuss how much credence they’re giving the heavy fall camp chatter that Michigan’s offensive line is improved, and try to gauge just how much improvement from the line can be expected this season as well as this week. After that, the discussion turns to recruiting, as they break down the slew of Michigan targets that the Fighting Irish are also recruiting who will be on hand in South Bend this weekend. They also opine on whether or not that increases the importance of winning the game to impress recruits. Following that, the two go in-depth on what Notre Dame brings to Saturday’s matchup, and the things Michigan needs to be aware of in order to come out on top. After offering top players and game keys to watch, the two play their regular round of over/under for the game ahead, offer their score prediction and whether or not the Wolverines come out on top. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2018
Podcast 08-24-18 (Urban Meyer, Michigan football questions and season prediction special)
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This week’s podcast, nearly doubling the length of a normal podcast for our annual prediction special, opens with Lorenz and Shaw discussing Ohio State coach Urban Meyer’s three-game suspension and the findings the Buckeyes published following their investigation. The two also lament on Ohio State’s pitfalls in handling the situation with the public, as well as what it means for Meyer and the Buckeyes in a recruiting sense moving forward. After that, the two handle a couple Michigan football questions, including talk about special packages for Joe Milton, the intensity of the Wolverines’ schedule and more. Then, it’s prediction time. Lorenz and Shaw go back and forth, debating who they think will lead the Wolverines in interceptions, tackles, tackles for loss, sacks, rushing, receiving and more. They also take a stab at what Shea Patterson will look like statistically this season, as well as their picks for offensive and defensive MVP, freshmen of the year, most improved players, top assistant coach and more. Finally, the two wrap things up with their predictions for Michigan’s season record, the Big Ten landscape, how other conference title games will play out, who makes the College Football Playoff and who wins the Heisman Trophy, with plenty of dissension along the way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2018
Podcast 08-13-18 (Shoes, submarines, recruiting stars and more)
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This week, Lorenz and Shaw open by discussing the potential Jordan shoe resale scandal that has already caused North Carolina to suspend 13 players and is being investigated internally by Michigan. The duo discuss what they know and have heard about Michigan’s end of the situation, and offer their opinions on what various scenarios would and should mean for the Wolverines moving forward. Next, with low-rated defensive lineman Tyrece Woods’ recent commitment, the duo re-open the common debate over recruiting stars, and how much Michigan fans should weigh a recruit’s low star rating compared to other factors when a player commits to the Wolverines. In the discussion, Jim Harbaugh’s recruiting hits, misses and class trends at Michigan are reviewed, with surprising results. Then, the two handle a variety of questions surrounding Michigan’s fall camp, including their latest thoughts on Michigan’s defensive flexibility, a couple of position battles, Michigan Stadium seating hierarchy and Harbaugh’s oft-discussed closed-door, “submarine” approach to fall camp. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2018
Podcast 08-02-18 (Urban Meyer, preseason polls, Fall camp storylines)
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This week, Lorenz and Shaw open with a lengthy discussion of recent allegations that Urban Meyer knew about former assistant coach Zach Smith’s repeated domestic abuses and still kept him employed on the team, an incident that has prompted Ohio State to put Meyer on paid administrative leave. The two discuss their personal reactions, what they would do if they were Meyer or Ohio State, what this could mean for Michigan offensive line coach and former Buckeye assistant Ed Warinner and address why it’s much to soon to talk about the Michigan recruiting impact of the situation. Following that, they shift their focus toward the opening of fall camp, beginning with a discussion of Michigan being ranked 14th in the preseason coaches poll behind seemingly similar teams in Penn State, Notre Dame and Michigan State. Then, the duo question why Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh continues to pitch the idea that the starting quarterback battle is still open, what happened with now-departed running back Kareem Walker, discuss the lack of position battles the Wolverines have entering fall camp, which ones might still be worth watching and other key storylines fans should keep an eye on in the first week of practices such as turnovers, offseason progress and locker room mentality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2018
Podcast 07-27-18 (Big Ten Media Days, CFP chances and freshman contributors)
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Putting recruiting on hold until after Michigan's annual Barbecue at the Big House event, Zach Shaw and Steve Lorenz instead tackle some key team questions. They begin discussing their thoughts on Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, from dumb contrived narratives to genuine insight that Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines gave about their offseason and prospects this season. Then, the duo tackle a slew of questions pertaining to Michigan's strong 2018 schedule, and whether the bevy of big games will be enough to allow the Wolverines to contend for the Big Ten title and College Football Playoff even with two losses on their resume. They also discuss what a "successful" 2018 season would look like for Michigan, and what a realistic expectations over the next two to three seasons is. After that, the two discuss Michigan's 2018 recruiting class, which players the current team is most excited to have play this fall and which of the true freshmen are our picks to play meaningful snaps in the 2018 season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2018
Podcast 07-19-18 (BBQ at the Big House, more recruiting, and some 2018 Michigan talk)
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This week, in a particularly slow week in Michigan sports, the crew opens with a discussion on the Wolverines’ annual Barbecue at the Big House recruiting event and how the event may differ from past renditions, the latest with five-star targets Daxton Hill and George Karlaftis and whether Michigan could ultimately land commitments from either of them or other five-star targets. Then, we shift to discussions about the current team, as we answer questions from listeners about potential early departures to the NFL after this season, the possibility of injured offensive tackle Grant Newsome playing competitively ever again, which Michigan assistant might be the next scapegoat in the eyes of fans as well as potential causes behind the Wolverines’ staggering 12-year drought in road games against ranked teams. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2018
Podcast 07-12-18 (In-depth breakdown of Michigan's defense, some recruiting changes)
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Combining a couple of questions we got about Michigan’s defense and utilizing Shaw’s in-depth offseason question series at each position group, we break down Michigan’s starters, reserve players and overall outlook at each defensive position.  In doing so, we highlight some freshmen who could see significant snaps in year one, players who could bounce back from injuries, potential All-Big Ten and All-American players and that advanced stats that support that claim, positional battles to keep an eye on as well as returning starters who could step up. Additionally, the two break down overrated and underrated players on the team, sleeper picks for the 2018 season and changes in the 2019 recruiting rankings relevant to Michigan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2018
Podcast 07-06-18 (Football and recruiting questions)
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This week’s episode was driven entirely by questions from our listeners, with a healthy mix of football and recruiting topics discussed. We opened by talking about Eric Gray’s pledge to the Wolverines and a discussion on Michigan’s running-back success on the recruiting trail as of late and what Jay Harbaugh is doing right as a recruiter. We also discuss the state of Michigan’s offensive line and take a stab at a current two-deep at the position and justify why it’s so hard to recruiting evaluators to project offensive linemen correctly. We then discuss the state of Michigan’s wide receivers, what that means for this season’s depth chart as well as what it means for 2019 recruiting. We close with some smaller discussions on Michael Barrett, Cade McNamara, the remaining recruiting board for 2019, trap games in Michigan’s 2018 schedule and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2018
Podcast 06-28-18 (huge recruiting weekend and more)
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This week's episode is almost entirely recruiting though, as Shaw and Lorenz break down the recent commitments of Mazi Smith, Zach Charbonnet, Erick All, DJ Turner II, George Johnson III and Joey Velazquez. The two also discuss how the productive weekend went for five-star targets Zach Harrison and Quavaris Crouch, what the headway means for the remainder of the class, what the final 2019 class should expect to look like, how Michigan's recruiting approach has changed over the years and what to make of the 2019 class and key targets so far. The two also discuss their dietary preferences for the Fourth of July. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2018
Podcast 06-21-18 (Tons of recruiting buzz and Michigan football talk)
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In what could be the Michigan football team’s biggest week of recruiting for the summer, we break down the Wolverines’ two recent commitments, the bevy of offers  extended this weekend. We also discuss five-star running back Quavaris Crouch’s second unofficial visit to Ann Arbor, while also previewing a loaded visit weekend that will include several 2019 prospects. Then, we switch gears to talk about the Michigan football team, taking a look at Shaw’s 10 biggest offseason questions surrounding the Wolverines’ offense. This turned into discussions about running back Chris Evans’ utilization, new offensive line coach Ed Warinner’s track record as an offensive line coach, Michigan’s potential at tight end, expectations for quarterback Shea Patterson, Michigan’s potential growth at wide receiver and what the Wolverines’ offensive tackles could look like. In between, we address a handful of questions from listeners as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2018
Podcast 06-14-18 (Jeff George, John Beilein, hoops vs. football and in-state recruiting)
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This week’s show opened with Lorenz and Shaw opining on a couple odds and ends regarding Jeff George Jr., the World Cup and more. Then the duo reflect on John Beilein’s intrigue with the NBA last week, why he turned the opportunity down and what that means for Michigan. Sticking with basketball, the two then go on to discuss whether Michigan’s football or basketball team will have more success in the 2018-19 season, weighing in on each team’s potential in both the regular season and the postseason with the current pieces they have as well as a brief breakdown on the teams’ schedules. After that, they break down perception and reality of Michigan football’s seeming lack of in-state talent in 2019, and whether that’s a troubling trend for the Wolverines or not. Steve also offers an update on a five-star top target visiting campus unofficially for the second time in a year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2018
Podcast 05-31-18 (Matthews, Michigan hoops, some football questions and recruiting)
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In a loaded offseason news week, we discuss Charles Matthews, Michigan basketball's status in the Big Ten and the Wolverines' recruiting status. Then, we field football questions on Shea Patterson, MSU, Ed Warriner, assistant coaches' recruiting prowess, Luke Deal, Zach Carpenter and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2018
Podcast 05-24-18 (Shea Patterson's impact, All-Big Ten Michigan players in 2018)
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In a relatively slow news week in Michigan football, basketball and recruiting, Steve Lorenz and Zach Shaw break down the potential and a reasonable bar for Shea Patterson and what his impact on the Wolverines’ offense could entail. Additionally, we discuss which Michigan players could end up on All-Big Ten teams this fall, and which ones could make the first team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2018
Podcast 05-17-18 (Basketball, basketball recruiting, football recruiting and Big Ten football)
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We break down Michigan basketball news, hoops recruiting, football recruiting and Big Ten football power rankings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2018
Podcast 04-19-2018 (spring/fall hype, football recruiting, top basketball offseason questions)
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In this episode, we discuss how we value spring and fall camp hype, two new football commitments, a new rule about official visits, more recruiting and break down five key offseason questions for Michigan basketball. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2018
Podcast 04-12-18 (2019 basketball, spring practice rumblings, football recruiting)
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In this episode, we discuss the Michigan basketball team's 2019 prospects, Moe Wagner's decision, Brandon Peters' haters, Michigan's offense, spring standouts at every position group and close with some 2019 and 2020 football recruiting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2018
Podcast 04-05-18 (Basketball wrapup, hockey and catching up on football)
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This week, we wrap up the basketball team's season, discussing key offseason questions and the team's future, preview the hockey team's trip to the Frozen Four, catch everyone up on football and discuss fans' dissatisfaction with coach-speak. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2018
Podcast 03-28-18 (Final Four episode)
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In a shortened episode, we go all-basketball, breaking down Michigan's postseason run and how it came together, the Wolverines' biggest strengths right now, their matchup against Loyola-Chicago, keys for the Final Four weekend and take on reader questions about the basketball team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2018
Podcast 03-08-18 (Michigan basketball, offensive line and hockey)
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In this podcast, we discuss Michigan basketball's Big Ten Tournament run, what the team is doing well heading into the NCAA Tournament, where the Wolverines should end up and which players are stepping up. We also field a number of listener-submitted questions about the offensive line recruiting, potential starters and a coaching change. We then close discussing Michigan hockey's Big Ten and NCAA Tournament prospects. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2018
Podcast 02-15-18 (McElwain, Michigan's FB schedule, basketball and more)
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This week, we break down the logic and impact of Michigan's hiring of former Florida coach Jim McElwain, the Wolverines' assistant coaching changes as a whole, the football team's gauntlet schedule, what's next for Michigan basketball and hockey and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2018
Podcast 02-08-18 (NSD, recruiting, fan panic and assistant coaches)
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This week, the Wolverine247 crew recaps national signing day and the successes and failures of Michigan's 2018 class, pick which players are our hidden gems, look ahead to the 2019 class, pick the fanbase's worst jabroni takes from yesterday and discuss the latest in Michigan's assistant coaching carousel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2018
Podcast 02-01-18 (Michigan football recruiting, coaching staff, basketball and promising Michigan sports?)
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This week, we break down the latest in offensive tackle recruiting, our thoughts on Michigan's coaching shuffle, debate which Michigan sport has the brightest immediate future and discuss what the next month looks like for Michigan basketball. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2018
Podcast 01-18-18 (Beilein, basketball, football facilities and recruiting updates)
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This week, we discuss why John Beilein goes unappreciated, his latest coaching job, the basketball team's successful week, what's next for the Wolverines, Jim Harbaugh and the media, the football team's new facilities and round up the week's news in Michigan recruiting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2018
Podcast 01-11-18 (Basketball, recruiting panic, football coaching searches and offensive line talk)
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In our 25th episode, the crew discusses Isaiah Livers vs. Duncan Robinson, Michigan's loss to No. 5 Purdue, upcoming matchup against No. 4 Michigan State, football recruiting panic, what's next in recruiting, what Michigan's new assistant coaches bring to the table and the Wolverines' offensive line heading into next season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2018
Podcast 01-05-18 (Outback Bowl, improvements, the 2017 class, more football and basketball)
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In a return to the podcast, the crew breaks down lasting impressions from the Outback Bowl, steps Michigan football needs to make to contend in 2018, players that could break out from the 2017 class, the assistant coaching search and offer a first-half recap of the Michigan basketball team's first half. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2018
Podcast 12-14-17 (Michigan basketball, hoops recruiting, football defensive grades)
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This week, Josh Henschke joins the podcast as we break down 247Sports' latest basketball rankings, the Michigan basketball team's 9-3 start, the football team's defensive grades and offer awards to the Wolverines' defensive players. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2017
Podcast 12-07-17 (Offensive position grades, coaching hire talk, Ole Miss transfers)
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This week, we grade the 10 power-conference head-coaching hires, discuss the potential Ole Miss transfers and grade each Michigan offensive position group and offer awards from the 2017 season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2017
Podcast 11-30-17 (Tennessee, Ohio State recap, Michigan transfers, basketball and final thoughts on the season)
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In a 90-minute episode, we take a look at Tennessee and other schools' coaching searches, discuss Michigan basketball's hit-or-miss start, the football team's loss to Ohio State, transfers, recruiting and offer our final thoughts on Michigan's 8-4 season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2017
Podcast 11-16-17 (Basketball impressions, can Michigan upset Wisconsin?)
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In this episode, we break down our favorite Thanksgiving foods, Brady Hoke becoming a coach again, the Michigan basketball team's early impressions, potential NFL Draft picks on Michigan's team, the Wolverines' progress in the last three weeks and all things regarding Michigan's matchup with Wisconsin. Check out all of our stories at 247Sports.com/college/Michigan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2017
Podcast 11-09-17 (Maryland, Brandon Peters, offensive line and run game)
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In this episode, we discuss overrated and underrated Ann Arbor restaurants, the state of the offensive line, why Michigan's running the ball so much, what to do with Brandon Peters and preview Michigan's matchup against Maryland. Check out all of our stories at TheMichiganInsider.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2017
Podcast 11-02-17 (Peters, Defense, Recruiting and Minnesota preview)
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In this episode, we discuss Brandon Peters and expectations for him moving forward, the development of the defensive line, a variety of recruiting topics and preview Michigan's matchup against Minnesota. Check out all of our content at Michigan.247Sports.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2017
Podcast 10-26-17 (Basketball, Offensive line, Rutgers and more)
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In this episode, we discuss coaches we'd like to hang out with, some key Michigan basketball observations, football recruiting, a fledgling offensive line, Michigan's game against Rutgers and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2017
Podcast 10-19-17 (Quarterback, Penn State and is Michigan's offense fixable?
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In this episode, we discuss Michigan's quarterback situation, what can be done to correct the Wolverines' offense and spend plenty of time breaking down Michigan's matchup at No. 2 Penn State. Check out all of our content at Michigan.247Sports.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2017
Podcast 10-12-17 (Offensive woes, basketball, recruiting and Indiana preview)
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In this episode, we break down what's plaguing Michigan offense and how it can be fixed, a couple basketball storylines, get some recruiting updates from Steve and preview an intriguing matchup against Indiana. Check out all of our content at michigan.247sports.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2017
Podcast 10-05-17 (Extra recruiting and Michigan State talk)
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In this episode, the staff discusses storylines surrounding Michigan football recruiting, offers final thoughts on the Wolverines' 2018 class, discusses the Michigan State rivalry and preview Michigan's upcoming game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2017
Podcast 09-29-17 (Bye week, offensive line, FB and BB recruiting)
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In this episode, the Wolverine247 crew discusses key storylines entering the bye week, potential changes on the offensive line and updates in Michigan football and basketball recruiting. Read all of our stories at michigan.247sports.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2017
Podcast 09-21-17 (Purdue, Red zone, recruiting and more)
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This week, we discuss Michigan's red zone issues, Wilton Speight, recruiting, our ideal day off and a lot about the Wolverines' trip to Purdue. You can read all of our stories at michigan.247sports.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2017
Podcast 09-14-17 (Speight, Air Force, OSU and more)
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In this episode, we discuss Wilton Speight, preview Air Force, Ohio State's drama, the Wolverines' most impressive position groups, Michigan hockey and our favorite things about Fall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2017
Podcast 09-07-17 (Florida recap, Cincinnati preview, more football talk)
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In this episode, Zach Shaw, Steve Lorenz and Isaiah Hole discuss and debate the takeaways from Michigan's win over Florida, discuss some team issues and preview the Wolverines' game against Cincinnati Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2017
Podcast 08-31-17 (Florida breakdown and prediction, trap games, 2019 recruiting begins)
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In this episode, we break down Michigan's matchup against Florida and offer our predictions, answer questions about Michigan and the Big Ten and offer a preview to the 2019 recruiting season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2017
Podcast 08-24-17 (Predicting Michigan's 2017 season)
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In a double-length episode, we make over 50 predictions for Michigan, the Big Ten and more for the 2017 season! Check out all of our coverage at Michigan.247Sports.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2017
Podcast 08-15-17 (Position grades, most important players, neutral-site games and where would we be without sports writing)
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Running longer than usual due to last week's technical difficulties, we break down Michigan's most-important players, grade the Wolverines at each position group, weigh the pros and cons of neutral-site games and talk about our careers. Get all of our insight at michigan.247sports.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2017
Podcast 08-02-17 (Ice cream! Hot takes! Running game! Mt. Rushmore! Fall camp!)
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As fall camp gets underway, we provide fall camp updates, break down what we think will happen with the running game and name who we think are the top players and coaches in Michigan football/basketball history and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2017
Podcast 07-27-17 (Big Ten Media Days! BBQ @ Big House! Practice soon!)
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This week, we break down our takeaways from Big Ten Media Days, look ahead to the BBQ at the Big House and discussed plenty more about Michigan football. Check out all of our coverage at michigan.247sports.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2017
07-19-17 (Summer! Weight gains! Offensive changes!)
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In episode four, we discuss our summer favorites, offseason weight gains for Michigan, potential new looks for the offense and plenty more, For all of our insight, check out michigan.247Sports.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2017
Podcast 07-10-17: (Title odds! BBQ recruiting! Beilein recruiting well! Football camps and more!
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In episode three, we discuss Michigan's CFP championship odds, the annual BBQ at the Big House event, basketball hitting its recruiting stride, the latest with the football team and more. For all of our insight, check out michigan.247Sports.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 10, 2017
Podcast 06-15-17 (Bond! Football gossip! Basketball recruiting and more!)
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In our second episode, we introduce Isaiah, discuss football and basketball recruiting, take a look at the 2017 football team and weigh in on other topics. Check out all of our coverage at michigan.247sports.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2017
Podcast 06-08-2017 (First one! Gabe Brown! Satellite camps and more!)
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In our first episode, we talk about ourselves, some recruiting updates, basketball and football newcomers we expect to have big summers, Bob Stoops, Big Ten/ACC challenge and interview 4-star Michigan recruit Gabe Brown. Check out all of our coverage at michigan.247sports.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2017