Michigan Wolverine Football Podcast — Cool Being Villains – Game 10 Penn State Preview

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Phil @pcallihan and Clint @Clint_Derringer preview Michigan’s game vs Penn State – SP+ analysis, commentary, and prediction. With QB JJ McCarthy, RB Blake Corum, OL Zak Zinter, EDGE Jaylen Harrell, and Coach Jim Harbaugh.

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  • Michigan Wolverines football with Phil Callihan and Clint Derringer0:00
    • Phil Callihan and Clint Derringer discuss the upcoming game against Penn State.
  • Michigan vs. Penn State football game.1:33
    • Clint Derringer and Phil Callihan discuss Penn State’s ranking in SP plus, with Derringer highlighting their strong defense (#4 in SP plus rankings) and offense (#21 in SP plus rankings), leading to a #5 overall ranking.
    • Michigan is favored to win by about 5.5 points on a neutral field, according to SP plus, despite Penn State’s one loss and high ranking.
    • Clint Derringer notes that Penn State’s defense has been tested against strong offenses, but Michigan’s offense is the best unit they’ve faced to date.
    • Phil Callihan wonders if Penn State will stack the box to stop the run, opening up opportunities for JJ McCarthy to shine.
  • JJ’s potential as a Heisman Trophy candidate.8:55
    • Jim Harbaugh praises JJ as a unique blend of competitiveness and empathy, a potential Heisman candidate.
  • Penn State vs. Michigan football game predictions.11:35
    • Clint Derringer predicts Michigan will win due to strong defense and QB JJ McCarthy’s ability to make plays in high-leverage situations.
  • Michigan football’s “villain” image and distractions.13:20
    • Phil Callihan and Zak Zinter discuss Michigan’s dominant performance on the field and their embracing of the “villain” role, with Zinter stating he’s fine with being the villain.
    • Jim Harbaugh refers to Michigan as a superhero, praising their ability to absorb and spit back attacks, while also addressing off-field distractions and allegations of espionage and vacuum gate.
    • Blake Corum and Phil Callihan discuss the impact of distractions on the Michigan football team, with Callihan highlighting the team’s ability to brush aside distractions and focus on their game.
    • Clint Derringer adds that the team has become better prepared to play road games in recent seasons, embracing the role of the villain and using the crowd’s energy to their advantage.
    • Phil Callihan discusses how the Michigan football team is using negative experiences as fuel for growth, rather than letting them break the team’s culture.
    • The team’s resilience is evident in how they’ve bounced back from losses and setbacks, with players using them as motivation for improvement.
  • Football team’s mindset and preparation for upcoming game.21:58
    • Clint Derringer and J.J. McCarthy discuss the team’s mindset in the face of distractions, with McCarthy emphasizing the importance of keeping the main thing the main thing and staying in the present moment.
    • McCarthy attributes the team’s success in this area to their ability to keep things simple and focus on what they can control, despite outside distractions and allegations.
    • Clint Derringer expects Michigan to win by double digits against Penn State, citing their advantage on both sides of the ball.
  • Michigan Football’s culture and goals.25:46
    • Players and coaches emphasize “the main thing” and “one track mind” to stay focused on winning.
    • Michigan football players and coaches have been committed to their goals for months, leading to their current success.
  • Personal growth and distractions in college football.29:38
    • Blake Corum reflects on his time at the University of Michigan, expressing gratitude for the growth he’s experienced and the relationships he’s built.
    • Corum advises his team to focus on their goals and block out distractions, citing his own ability to do so as a key to success.
  • Michigan football’s offensive performance and potential breakout game for Blake Corum.33:56
    • Clint Derringer highlights Blake Corum’s impact on Michigan’s offense through both words and actions.
    • Michigan’s offense may see a breakout game with JJ McCarthy as a run threat and Blake Corum having his best yardage game.
    • Jim Harbaugh emphasizes the importance of work ethic and finding clarity in personal and football-related stresses.