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5-Spot Challenge: Week 9

October 29th, 2012 by Justin Potts

Eight weeks into the season, and we finally have our first repeat champion. Crp12qb captured this week’s $20 gift card to The M Den in a close contest, barely knocking off last week’s winner Jim Mackiewicz by 11 points. Crp12qb was the closest of all contestants to the combined rushing yards of Denard and Taylor Martinez. He was 71 yards away. Of course, no one foresaw Denard getting injured, so the injury likely played a role in the outcome of this week’s challenge. Crp12qb was also the closest to the total kick and punt return yards for Michigan, just seven away. Jim Mackiewicz was close on that one as well, just eight away, and only eight away from the longest touchdown.

Kashkaav was the only one to correctly predict that Drew Dileo would not make a catch. The next closest in that category was kfarmer16 who predicted 17 yards. Kashkaav also correctly predicted Nebraska’s team rushing total of 160. I think this is the first time in challenge history that one contestant correctly predicted two of the questions. Unfortunately for him, he was 186 yards too high on the combined rushing yards of Denard and Martinez.

Nobody picked Michigan to score as few points as it did. In fact, the lowest anyone had Michigan was 24 points. Everybody predicted Michigan to win and did so by an average score of 32-22.

Crp12qb remains in the top spot in the overall standings and Jim Mackiewicz has pulled to within two of HTTV133 for the second spot. The updated weekly standings are on the right sidebar and the updated overall standings will be updated shortly.

This week, Michigan battles Minnesota for the Little Brown Jug. But most importantly, Michigan needs to win to remain in the Big Ten title hunt. Good luck with your picks!