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Five-Spot Challenge 2016: Penn State

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016


Congratulations to gvanneste for winning last week’s Five-Spot Challenge. His deviation of 66 was 14 better than second place tooty_pops. Gvanneste was fourth-closest to the total combined yards by both teams (722, 25 away), second closest to Jake Butt’s receiving yards (87, 1 away), fifth-closest to Sefo Liufau’s total yards (250, 28 away), and right on the mark with Jabrill Peppers’ longest return (55). He wins a prize box of product from our sponsors, Lane’s BBQCultivate Coffee & Tap House, and Chayder Grilling Company.

Freezer566 was the closest to the total combined yards, just two away. Zigmun correctly predicted Butt’s receiving yards, while gvanneste, I called Wilt, and GrizzlyJFB were all just one away. Gdub18 correctly predicted Liufau’s total yards, while tooty_pops was the only one to correctly predict Kenny Allen’s longest field goal (39 yards).

All 36 contestants picked Michigan to win, and while no one got the final score exactly right, bluwolf77 was really close with his prediction of Michigan 42 – Colorado 28. The average score prediction was Michigan 42 – Colorado 15. Zigmun, sistersueblue, and imNOTonMOLLIE all correctly pegged Michigan to score 45 points, while bluwolf77 was the only one to have Colorado at 28.

The weekly results and season standings have been updated.

This week, Michigan begins Big Ten play against Penn State, which brings the conference’s second best passing attack to Ann Arbor. Here are this week’s questions.

Five-Spot Challenge 2016: Colorado

Monday, September 12th, 2016


Congratulations to HTTV137 for winning last week’s Five-Spot Challenge. His deviation of 205 was 23 points better than GrizzlyJFB. It was a solid all-around effort as HTTV137 was the closest to Kenny Allen’s punt yards (140, just three away), fourth-closest to Chris Evans’ rushing yards (35, 15 away), fourth-closest to the yards gained on Michigan’s first possession (minus-1, 23 away), and fifth-closest to the total yards for Michigan true freshmen (69, 30 away). He wins a prize box of product from our sponsors, Lane’s BBQCultivate Coffee & Tap House, and Chayder Grilling Company.

Gvanneste was the closest to the yards gained on Michigan’s first possession with his prediction of six. JD Mackiewicz was the closest to UCF’s 56 passing yards (44 away). Bigboyblue‘s prediction of 39 was the closest to Evans’ 35 rushing yards, while kashkaav was only three away from the total yards by Michigan true freshmen.

All 31 contestants picked Michigan to win by an average score of Michigan 51 – UCF 8. No one correctly predicted the score, but BadBlu was the closest with his prediction of 53-13. Boggie was the only one to correctly predict Michigan’s total of 51, while nobody had UCF scoring exactly 14. Only one contestant, Gdub18, had UCF scoring more than 14 points (17).

Michigan hosts Colorado this Saturday. The Buffaloes come in with wins over Colorado State and Idaho State and rank in the top 10 nationally in both total offense (seventh) and total defense (first). Here are this week’s questions.

Five-Spot Challenge 2016: UCF

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016


Congratulations to freezer566 for winning the first Five-Spot Challenge of the season. His deviation of just 68 was nearly 80 points better than second place saline_ian. Freezer566 was just one second away from correctly guessing the number of seconds Michigan would take to score its first touchdown (451). He was also the third closest (16 away) to Michigan’s rushing yards (306) and second closest (five away) to the uniform number of Michigan’s first touchdown (12). He wins a prize box of product from our sponsors, Lane’s BBQCultivate Coffee & Tap House, and Chayder Grilling Company.

Artayay was just three away from the uniform number, while Northsiders7 was just one away from Michigan’s rushing yards, bluwolf77 and JD Mackiewicz were just two away from Hawaii’s total offense, and MGoPoe was just one away from Michigan’s longest kick or punt return.

All 30 contestants picked Michigan to win by an average score of Michigan 45 – Hawaii 8. No one correctly predicted the score, but Jaeschke was close with his prediction of 63-6. He was the only contestant to pick Michigan to score at least 60 points. Only four of 30 contestants predicted Michigan to allow just three or fewer points.

Michigan plays UCF this Saturday. Here are this week’s questions.

Five Spot Challenge 2016: Hawaii

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016


The Five-Spot Challenge is back for yet another season. If you’ve played before, you know how it works. If you haven’t, here’s how it works. At the beginning of each week throughout the season we post five questions (sometimes more for big games) pertaining to that week’s game and you submit your answers before kickoff. The point differentials are added up and the contestant with the lowest differential is the weekly winner. Standings are kept throughout the season and the contestant with the lowest combined differential wins the grand prize.

This season, the weekly winners will receive a box of product and goods from our sponsors: Lane’s BBQ, Cultivate Coffee & Tap House, and possibly more. It’s kind of like the Maize and Go Blue version of Birchbox, Trunk Club, etc. The season-long winner will receive a pair of tickets to next season’s home opener against Cincinnati.

And so without further adieu, we present this week’s questions:

Five-Spot Challenge final results

Monday, January 18th, 2016


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Congratulations to Jim Mackiewicz for winning the season-long Five-Spot Challenge competition. His total of 223 points earned was seven better than HTTV136, 13 better than bigboyblue, and 18 better than Hazel Parker. Jim Mackiewicz wins a pair of tickets to next season’s home opener against Hawaii.

Wolverines74 won the final weekly contest of the season with a deviation of 105.5, topping bluwolf77‘s deviation of 121.5. He was the closest to Jehu Chesson’s receiving yards (118) with his prediction of 125. He was also the second closest to Jake Rudock’s passing yards (278) with his prediction of 265, second closest to Michigan’s rushing yards (225) with his prediction of 210, and second closest to the minutes until Michigan’s first defensive takeaway (4.5) with his guess of 13. Bluwolf77 was the closest to Michigan’s rushing yards, just 13 away, while gvanneste was just nine away from Rudock’s passing yards. SCHU6545 was just six away from Florida’s total yards (273) and Ebenszac was just 7.5 away from the minutes until Michigan’s first takeaway.

All 25 contestants picked Michigan to beat Florida with an average score prediction of Michigan 25 – Florida 17. Bluwolf77 was the closest to the final score of 41-7 with his prediction of 38-17. Only two contestants predicted Michigan’s defense to hold Florida to single digits, while none had Michigan scoring more than 40.

Thanks for playing this year’s Five-Spot Challenge. The weekly winner prizes will be sent out within the next few weeks and the tickets for Jim Mackiewicz will be sent out later this summer, once received. Go Blue!

Five Spot Challenge: Florida

Monday, December 28th, 2015


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Congratulations to tooty_pops for winning the Week 12 Five Spot Challenge. His deviation of 329 beat second place saline_ian by 127 points. Tooty_pops was just one away from Jake Butt’s receiving yards (55) and two away from the uniform combination of Michigan’s first touchdown (101). He was second closest to Braxton Miller’s total yards (17) and third closest to the total combined yards for both teams (846).

Sistersueblue was the closest to Ezekiel Elliott’s rushing yards (49 away). Kashkaav was the closest to Miller’s total yards (15 away) and on the spot with Michigan’s longest field goal (27 yards). Grahambino007 was the only contestant to correctly pick the uniform combination of Michigan’s first touchdown. Jim Mackeiwicz was the closest to Michigan’s rushing yards (13 away). Gdub18 was right on with Butt’s receiving yards. Ebenszac was just three away from Jabrill Peppers’ total yards and just eight away from OSU’s passing yards (113). Gdub18 and sistersueblue were both just one away from the minutes until OSU reached 14 points. Finally, bluwolf77 was the closest to the total combined yards by both teams (846) with his prediction of 840.

The weekly results and overall standings have been updated. Jim Mackeiwicz is in the lead, but bigboyblue, HTTV136, and Hazel Parker are within striking distance heading into the final week of picks. Good luck!

Five Spot Challenge: Ohio State

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015


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Congratulations to Hazel Parker for his first win since the Penn State game last season. His deviation of 52.6 was 17 better than ericcarbs. Hazel Parker’s prediction of 121 was the closest to Michigan’s total return yards (122) and his prediction of 26 percent was second closest to Penn State’s third down completion percentage (21.4). He was also fourth closest to Jake Rudock’s passing yards (256) and fifth closest to the total combined sack yards (36).

Jim Mackiewicz and tooty_pops were each just six away from Rudock’s passing yards, while Myrick55 was only one away from the total combined sack yards. Ericcarbs’ prediction of 79 Saquon Barkley rushing yards was the closest, just 11 away from the actual of 68.

The average combined score prediction was Michigan 29 – Penn State 19. Tooty_pops was almost right on with his score prediction of 28-17. Bigboyblue was also close with his prediction of 30-16.

The weekly results and overall standings have been updated.

The game we’ve all been waiting for is here. Michigan still has a slight chance to reach the Big Ten Championship game, but needs help. The one thing they can control is beating the Buckeyes. Here are this week’s picks. Since Michigan is going for its 10th win, we have 10 questions this week.

Five Spot Challenge: Penn State

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015


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We have our first repeat winner of the season and it just happens to be back to back. Congratulations to Jaeschke for winning his second straight week in a row. Typically, just one of the five questions each week yields a large variance, but this week we changed it up a bit and added two — Michigan’s total yards and Indiana’s total yards. A third turned up with Jordan Howard’s rushing total, and all of that resulted in a range from the winner’s total deviation of 324 to last place deviation of 872.

Jeschke was the closest to Howard’s rushing yards (238) with his prediction of 130, and was consistently close across the board. He was third closest to Michigan’s total offense (581 yards), second closest to Indiana’s total offense (527 yards), and second closest to Blake O’Neill’s longest punt (45 yards).

Kashkaav‘s prediction of 450 was closest to Indiana’s total offense. Jim Mackiewicz was the closest to Michigan’s total offense with his prediction of 550, Michigan’s total combined yards of touchdowns (164) with his prediction of 175, and one of three contestants to correctly predict O’Neill’s longest punt. Kashkaav and tooty_pops were the other two. Unfortunately for Jim Mankiewicz, he was 227 away from Indiana’s total offense, which is why he came in third.

The weekly results and overall standings have been updated.

This week, Michigan travels to Penn State to face a very good defense and a so-so offense. Here are this week’s picks.

Five Spot Challenge 2015: Indiana

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015


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Congratulations to jaeschke for winning last week’s Five Spot Challenge. His deviation of 185 tied HTTV136, but his score prediction of Michigan 42 – Rutgers 12 was closer to HTTV136’s prediction of 35-3. Jaeschke was one of seven contestants to correctly predict that Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo would not play. In addition, his prediction of 100 passing yards for Chris Laviano was the closest of any contestant, just three away.

Bigboyblue was the closest to Jabrill Peppers’ total yards with his prediction of 29. Peppers didn’t have a single return on Saturday and gained just eight rushing yards. JOHNNAVARREISMYHERO was just four away from Michigan’s first half total yards (304), while Gdub18 was right on the mark with his prediction that Rutgers’ longest scoring drive would go 69 yards.

The average score prediction among the 25 contestants was Michigan 33 – Rutgers 8. No one predicted that Michigan would score as many as 49 points and only three predicted that Rutgers would score at least 16.

The weekly results have been updated.

This week, Michigan travels to Indiana looking to stay in the Big Ten title hunt. Here are this week’s questions.

Five Spot Challenge 2015: Rutgers

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015


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Congratulations to BigHouseBrandon on winning this week’s Five-Spot Challenge. His deviation of 206.5 topped Week 4 winner bigboyblue by 14.5 points. It was BigHouseBrandon’s first weekly win since Week 1 of 2014. He was the least confident in Michigan’s defense, predicting that Minnesota would record 357 total yards of offense, which was the closest to the actual of 461.

Ericarbs and toot_pops were both right on the dot with Jake Butt’s 38 receiving yards, while Ian Martin‘s guess of eight combined rushing yards by Joe Kerridge and Sione Houma was just one away from their seven. Bigboyblue correctly predicted that Michigan’s first touchdown of the game would be one yard and DBenney09 was just 1.5 away from Jake Rudock’s quarterback rating (72.5).

The 27 contestants this week picked Michigan to win by an average score of Michigan 33 – Minnesota 8.

The weekly results have been updated.

This week, Michigan returns home to face Rutgers. Here are this week’s picks.