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Can Michigan Or Iowa Football Play From Behind? Will They Need To?

Someone’s illusions are getting shattered this week, but whose?

NCAA Football: Northwestern at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

We’re almost certainly the smallest sports podcast that’s been around for as long as we have. But you know what? It’s actually pretty cool that hundreds of people want to listen to our weekly Big Ten discussion.

Also, there is the occasional non-B1G discussion.

  • Coastal Carolina finally ran into a decent team and outlived their meme shelf life
  • Cincinnati and Oklahoma struggled to put away weak teams, with Oklahoma looking especially weird. Is there a shakier undefeated team?
  • Matt Campbell is back on the radar of coaching search enthusiasts after taking down a top-10 Ok State
  • Wake Forest disrespects the troops
  • Somehow, the ACC is incredibly interesting

But more importantly, Big Ten.

  • Is THIS the week Late Season Northwestern starts?
  • Who has more to lose in Indiana vs Maryland? Could a loss be the first nail in Mike Locksley’s coffin?
  • On paper, Nebraska should beat Purdue, so what avenue will they take to manufacture a loss against the Boilers? Can Nebraska sustain this level of high performance AND this rate of losing? It would be quite the tightrope act.
  • Why Wisconsin’s new risk management strategy can win them the West
  • ILLINUTGERS. What can Illinois duplicate from their performance in Happy Valley, and what can’t they duplicate? Fourth downs are going to be weird.
  • Seriously, how the hell did James Franklin get caught napping last week? Will he have any answers for Ohio State, and if he does will Penn State fans be even angrier?
  • Has Michigan State played anyone?
  • How do you pick a winner in the Paul Bunyan game?


So anyway, our current recording setup is in my carpeted office with two large desks facing each other. My mic (my trusty old circa-2005 Zoom H2) is in single-direction mode. Andrew has a Samson Meteor mic which is unfortunately omnidirectional. My office has no sound insulation on the walls, so while we block off the area directly behind Andrew’s mic, it still picks up my voice bouncing off the walls.

Since these two mics record to one stereo channel (Audacity cannot record multiple inputs simultaneously, so that’s where I’m limited), I’m wondering if on the virtual control panel I use I can set some kind of noise threshold on Andrew’s mic, try and get him as close as possible to that thing and turn the gain down.

Oh that I only had a second Zoom mic. I don’t think I can justify the cost when the first one has been so amazing for 16 years now.

Also, we welcome any ideas for new or interesting content or anything you’d like us to revisit, but the audio thing bugs me more for the time being. Thanks for listening!

Stay tuned in a couple weeks for what will be a special feature live from Tuesday Night MACtion.