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Five-Spot Challenge 2014: Final Results

Monday, December 15th, 2014


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Congratulations to JustJeepGear.com for winning the final Five-Spot Challenge of the season. JJG’s deviation of 135 was 40 points better than runner-up boggie. JJG was the closest to correctly predicting Devin Gardner’s total yards, just four away from his total of 254. JJG also tied for the closest to the game’s longest touchdown, which was Ezekiel Elliott’s 44-yard run on 4th-and-1 in the fourth quarter. MichiganMack and Maizenblu62 were also only one away from that one. JJG wins the final $20 M Den gift card of the season.

Boggie was closest to Michigan’s total yards (372) with his prediction of 374. Kashkaav‘s prediction of 36 yards was the closest to the yards gained on Ohio State’s first possession (41). Kfarmer16 was exactly right with his prediction of 89 rushing yards for Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, although had Barrett not gotten injured on the first play of the fourth quarter, that total likely would have changed. Freezer566 was just one away from Dennis Norfleet’s longest return (29) with his prediction of 30, while GrizzlyJFB was just one away from Jalin Marshall’s longest return (23) with his prediction of 22. Finally, no one predicted that neither team would make a field goal.

Congratulations is also in order for kfarmer16, who won the season-long prize, a pair of tickets to next year’s home opener against Oregon State. While this season was a huge letdown, next season’s home opener should come full of hope, especially if Michigan is able to lure Jim Harbaugh away from the NFL. Freezer566 came in second, just seven points behind kfarmer16, while Hazel Parker finished third despite missing two of the 10 weeks.

No one correctly predicted the final score, though Hazel Parker was the closest with his prediction of Ohio State 38 – Michigan 28. Four of the 16 contestants picked Michigan to win by an average of two points, and the average score prediction among all of the contestants was Ohio State 38 – Michigan 18.

I will be in touch with each winner via email this week regarding your M Den gift cards and the grand prize tickets. I hope they can make for some nice Christmas gifts. Thanks for playing this season’s Five-Spot Challenge. We may hold some random challenges during basketball season, so stay tuned for those. Otherwise, the challenge will return next football season!

The weekly results and final overall standings have been updated.

Five-Spot Challenge: Ohio State

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014


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Sorry for the delay in getting this week’s Five-Spot Challenge posted. Two basketball games to start the week got us behind. But congratulations to Bigboyblue for picking up his second win of the season with a deviation of 136.5, topping Jaeschke by four. Bigboyblue was the closest to Michigan’s longest pass (23 yards) with his prediction of 22. He wins a $20 gift card to The M Den.

Last week’s winner, Freezer566, was the closest to correctly predicting Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown’s total yards. His prediction of 250 was just two away. He was also the closest to correctly predicting the minutes until Michigan’s first touchdown. Michigan scored at the 10:25 mark in the third quarter (34.5 minutes into the game). Freezer566 predicted 35. Four contestants — MichiganMack, Hazel Parker, chris12qb, and Jaeschke — correctly predicted that Devin Gardner would score Michigan’s first touchdown. Four others predicted a touchdown pass from Gardner to Devin Funchess, and thus, were just one away. Finally, first time contestant Ray Weatherford was the closest to the total combined made field goals by both teams. His prediction of 167 was just 14 away from the actual total of 181.

Seventeen of the 18 contestants picked Michigan to win by an average score of Michigan 24 – Maryland 16, which was almost the exact reverse of the actual score of Maryland 23 – Michigan 16. MichiganMack and kashkaav each were correct in their predictions that Michigan would score 16 points, but neither tabbed Maryland’s score correctly.

The weekly results and overall standings have been updated. Unless Michigan beats Ohio State and gains bowl eligibility this will be the final Five-Spot Challenge of the season. All M Den gift cards will be sent out next week to those who have not received them yet.

Here are this week’s picks. As is our custom, we have added a couple more questions for The Game. Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

Five-Spot Challenge 2014: Maryland

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014


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Congratulations to our first two-time winner of the season, Freezer566. His total deviation of 45 was the second lowest of any week this season and bested Maizenblu62 by 10. Freezer566 was the closest to Amara Darboh’s receiving yards (41) with his prediction of 40, and also the closest to Drake Johnson’s rushing yards (30) with his prediction of 37. He wins a $20 gift card to The M Den.

Three contestants were each just one away from Michigan’s second half total yards. Bigboyblue, MichiganMack, and tooty_pops all predicted 150, which was only one higher than Michigan’s 149 second half yards. Boggie’s prediction of 260 was the closest to Northwestern’s full-game total yards (264), while bluwolf77 and MEKMichigan were each just one away from predicting the longest play from scrimmage (34 yards).

All 16 participants picked Michigan to win with an average score of Michigan 28 – Northwestern 19. No one predicted such a low-scoring game.

The weekly results and the overall standings have been updated.

After a bye week, Michigan hosts Maryland this Saturday. Here are this week’s questions:

Five-Spot Challenge 2014: Northwestern

Monday, November 3rd, 2014


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Congratulations to HTTV135 for picking up his first Five-Spot Challenge win of the season. It was a narrow, two-point win over tooty_pops and his first win since the first game of 2012. HTTV135 was just one away from Tevin Coleman’s rushing yardage (108) and consistently close on the other four questions. He wins a $20 gift card to The M Den.

Tooty_pops was the closest to Zander Diamont’s passing total (24 yards) with his prediction of 56. Only four of 18 contestants predicted Diamont to throw for less than 100 yards. Nirvandog was just two away from Coleman’s rushing yards, while freezer566 was three away. MEKMichigan was right on the number with his prediction of 60 yards for Michigan’s first scoring drive and was also the closest to Michigan’s longest punt return, which was zero. Chris12qb was the closest to Devin Gardner’s passing yards (220), only 10 away.

All 18 participants picked Michigan to win with an average score of Michigan 32 – Indiana 20. Maizenblu62 was the closest to the actual score of 34-10 with his prediction of Michigan 35 – Indiana 13.

The weekly results and overall standings have been updated.

Michigan plays at Northwestern this Saturday. Here are this week’s questions:

Five-Spot Challenge 2014: Indiana

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014


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Congratulations to MichiganMack for picking up his first Five-Spot Challenge win of the season. He won once in 2012 and finished fourth in the overall standings that year and third last year. Last week he was the only contestant under 100 deviation points with a total of 98.7, beating second place Maizenblu62, who had 112.3. MichiganMack was the closest to predicting Michigan’s total yards, only 14 away from Michigan’s total of 186. He was the second closest to Devin Gardner’s quarterback rating (71.7) with a prediction of 70.0. He wins a $20 gift card to The M Den.

Mofobro was the closest to Michigan State receiver Tony Lippett’s receiving yards. Lippett finished with 103 and mofobro predicted 101. JustJeepGear.com and Maizenblu62 were both three away. Freezer566 correctly predicted that Michigan would lose 30 yards on sacks and tackles for loss. Bigboyblue was the closest to Gardner’s quarterback rating with his prediction of 70.4. Finally, Dennis Norfleet did not record a single kickoff return, so saline_ian was the closest with his prediction of 22 yards.

Surprisingly, seven of the 19 contestants picked Michigan to win, but the average score prediction from all 19 was Michigan State 30 – Michigan 19. MichiganMack was the closest to the actual score of 35-11 with his prediction of 31-13.

The weekly results have been updated and the overall standings will be updated soon.

Michigan returns home this week to face Indiana. Last season, it was an offensive shootout in which Michigan set several single-game records. Here are this week’s questions:

Five-Spot Challenge 2014: Michigan State

Monday, October 20th, 2014


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Congratulations to Hazel Parker for picking up his first win of the season. He won twice last season and three times in 2011. He was the only contestant under 100 points last week with a deviation of 96, topping second place tooty_pops by 42. As is usually the case, Hazel Parker wasn’t the closest in any single category, but was the most consistent across the board. He was third-closest to Christian Hackenberg’s passing yards (52 away), sixth-closest to Michigan’s rushing yards (28 away), second-closest to the minutes until Michigan’s first turnover (three away), and third-closest to the longest field goal (three away). He wins a $20 M Den gift card.

Kashkaav correctly predicted that the longest field goal would be 45 yards, while Maizenblu62 was only one away. Kfarmer16 was the closest to Devin Gardner’s longest completion, only one away with his prediction of 44 yards. Bigboyblue and BigHouseBrandon were the closest to the minutes until Michigan’s first turnover. It happened 16 minutes into the game and they both predicted 17. MEKMichigan’s prediction of 67  yards was the closest to Michigan’s rushing total (64), while Kashkaav’s guess of 180 was the closest to Hackenberg’s passing yards (160).

No one correctly predicted the final score, although MichiganMack was the closest with his prediction of Michigan 20 – Penn State 12. The average score prediction was Michigan 24 – Penn State 23 and 14 of the 21 contestants picked Michigan to win.

The weekly results and overall standings have been updated.

After a bye week, Michigan heads up the road to face rival Michigan State. Here are this week’s questions.

Five-Spot Challenge 2014: Penn State

Monday, October 6th, 2014


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Congratulations to MEKMichigan for his first win of the season. His point deviation of 38 was the lowest of any contestant so far this season and was 13 points better than TheZachster. MEKMichigan tied with chris12qb and MacNCheese for the closest to Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo’s receiving yards (73), just three away. He was third-closest to Gardner’s total yards (218), fourth-closest to the total receiving yards by everyone except Devin Funchess (107), fourth-closest to Michigan’s longest run (26 yards), and second-closest to Michigan’s third-down conversion percentage (36 percent). He wins a $20 gift card to The M Den.

Tooty_pops was the only one to correctly predict Michigan’s third-down percentage. Kfarmer16 was the closest to Michigan’s longest run, only one away. Hazel Parker‘s perdition of 103 yards was the closest to Michigan’s receiving yards by everyone except Funchess. Thezachster and new contestant Quentin Tedesco both predicted that Devin Gardner would record 215 total yards, so they were the closest at three away.

No one correctly predicted the final score, although 15 of the 25 contestants predicted Rutgers to win. The average score was Rutgers 23 – Michigan 20.

The weekly results and overall standings have been updated.

Michigan returns home to face Penn State (4-1, 1-1) this Saturday in a nationally televised night game. The Nittany Lions are coming off a bye week and a 29-6 loss to Northwestern two weeks ago. Here are this week’s questions:

Five-Spot Challenge 2014: Rutgers

Monday, September 29th, 2014


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First of all, sorry for making “Twitter handle” a mandatory field in last week’s Five-Spot Challenge. It was not intended to be, and won’t be in the future for those of you who don’t have Twitter.

Congratulations to first-time contestant GengIsKhan for winning despite a poor showing for the team on the field. GengIsKhan was the closest to predicting the yard line Michigan’s first drive would end. The Wolverines made it to just the 26-yard line and his prediction of 31 was just five away. He was also just four away from the combined uniform number(s) of Michigan’s first touchdown (4) with a prediction of eight (Shane Morris to Devin Funchess) and just six away from Funchess’ longest reception (14). For his win, GengIsKhan wins a $20 M Den gift card.

Season-long leader Kfarmer16 finished second last week, 34 points behind the winner, to maintain a narrow three-point lead the Week 4 winner, freezer566, who came in third this week. KashKaav was the only participant to correctly predict that De’Veon Smith would score Michigan’s first touchdown. Eight of the 22 contestants predicted Derrick Green, while four predicted Devin Gardner to Funchess. For question two, seven of the 22 contestants thought Michigan would score on its opening possession and only four were correct in predicting that Michigan wouldn’t make it past midfield.

Everyone underestimated David Cobb’s rushing yards (183). Bluwolf77 was the closest, just 48 away with his prediction of 135. Bigboyblue was the closest to Funchess’ longest reception (14 yards) with his prediction of 15. MEKMichigan‘s prediction of 17 was just three away. Finally, not a single contestant predicted that Michigan would not make a field goal. GengIsKhan was the closest with a prediction of 35 yards.

Only two contestants predicted a Minnesota win, but both of them predicted close Minnesota wins (23-20 and 28-27). The average score prediction was Michigan 27 – Minnesota 17.

The weekly results and overall standings have been updated.

Michigan travels to New Jersey this weekend for their first ever meeting with Rutgers. The game will be televised by Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. EST. Rutgers comes into the game with a 4-1 record, and like Michigan, is 0-1 in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights will be looking to pick up their first ever Big Ten victory.

Here are this week’s questions:

Five-Spot Challenge 2014: Minnesota

Monday, September 22nd, 2014


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Congratulations to freezer566 for an impressive win in this week’s Five-Spot Challenge despite an undesirable outcome on the field. His point differential of just 75 was the lowest of the season and 33 points better than second-place Boggie. Freezer566 wasn’t the closest in any single category, but was the most consistent across the board. He was just two short of Gardner’s first half passing total (100), nine short of Utah’s total yards (286), 12 over the minutes until Michigan’s first forced turnover (25), 18 short of Derrick Green’s rushing total (59), and 34 short of the longest kick or punt return (66). He wins a $20 gift card to The M Den.

Overall, there were a lot of close scores, as you can see in the weekly results. Second through sixth place were separated by just 17 points. KashKaav‘s prediction of 63 Derrick Green rushing yards was the closest to the correct answer for question one. BigHouseBrandon (66) was the only other contestant within single digits. Bluwolf77 was only one yard away from correctly predicting Utah’s total yards, while tooty_pops and kfarmer16 were both only six shy. Bigboyblue and Boggy were both the closest to guessing how many minutes into the game Michigan would record its first takeaway. Willie Henry’s pick-six occurred 25 minutes into the game and they were just four minutes off. MichiganMack correctly picked Gardner’s first half passing yards, while freezer566 and BigHouseBrandon were both only two away. Finally, JustJeepGear.com‘s prediction of 65 yards was the closest to the longest kick or punt return, which unfortunately, was Kaelyn Clay’s 66-yard punt return for touchdown in the second quarter.

No one correctly predicted the final score. In fact, no one was within two touchdowns of Michigan’s point total, as the closest guess was 24 points. Bigboyblue correctly predicted Utah’s total of 26. The average score prediction of the 22 contestants was Michigan 30 – Utah 24, while 19 of the 22 picked Michigan to win.

Kfarmer16 maintains his lead in the overall standings, though it shrunk to just two points over freezer566.

Michigan stays home to welcome Minnesota to town for the annual battle for the Little Brown Jug. Minnesota beat San Jose State 24-7 and is currently 3-1 with wins over Eastern Illinois (42-20) and Middle Tennessee (35-24) and a 30-7 loss to TCU.

Here are this week’s questions:

Five-Spot Challenge 2014: Utah

Monday, September 15th, 2014


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It was dicey at times during the second quarter, but Michigan got back in the win column on Saturday. Likewise, Kfarmer16 picked up his first Five-Spot Challenge win of the season, narrowly beating freezer566 and KashKaav with a point differential of just 125, the lowest of the season so far. He was the closest to correctly predicting Miami quarterback Andrew Hendrix’s passing yards (165), just 10 away; the second closest to Michigan’s total punt yards (172), 44 away; and third closest to Michigan’s first drive yards (38), four away. He wins a $20 gift card to The M Den.

Freezer566 was the second closest to Dennis Norfleet’s combined rushing, receiving, and return yards (69), just four away, and second closest to Michigan’s first drive yards, three away. KashKaav was only three away from Norfleet’s all-purpose yards, while Hazel Parker hit the nail on the head with Michigan’s first drive yards. First-time contestant nirvandog correctly predicted Michigan’s total yards (460), but his prediction of just 68 punt yards was what did him in. HTTV135 was the closest to that final question, just 22 away.

Kfarmer16 also nearly became the first contestant in the history of the Five-Spot Challenge to correctly predict the final score. His prediction of 35-10 was only one point away from the final score of 34-10. Bigboyblue was also close with his prediction of 30-10. No one correctly predicted Michigan to score 34 points, while 10 of the 22 contestants correctly predicted Miami’s 10. The average score prediction was Michigan 43 – Miami (Ohio) 13. The largest spread was Michigan 60 – Miami 10 and the closest was Michigan 23 – Miami 10.

The Week 3 results and overall standings are updated.

This week, Utah comes to town fresh off a bye week. The 2-0 Utes beat Idaho State 56-14 in Week 1 and Fresno State 59-27 in Week 2.

[Edit: There was a miscalculation on the differentials for question two last week that affected a few contestants. Tooty_pops actually had a deviation of 312, which moved him up two spots and gave him four points instead of two. That moved Bigboyblue down to three points and boggie down to two points. Mofobro actually had 336 points, but it didn't affect his position in the weekly results. It also did not affect anyone's position in the overall standings. Both have been updated. Apologies for the error.]

Here are this week’s questions: