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Five-Spot Challenge 2016: Ohio State

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016


Congratulations to Grahambino for picking up his first win of the season. His deviation of 163 was seven points better than second place Glhermance. Grahambino won because of his realistic expectations of John O’Korn’s first start. His prediction of 175 passing yards was the second closest to O’Korn’s actual of just 59 yards. He was also fifth closest to Indiana’s rushing yards (64, 61 away), fourth closest to the minutes until Michigan’s first punt (four, four away), and fifth closest to IU’s longest pass (37 yards, five 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 O’Korn’s passing yards at 66 away. GrizzlyJFB was the closest to Indiana’s rushing yards, just eight away. TheZachster and Northsiders7 were each just one away from the yards gained on Michigan’s first possession (39), while sckonwin was only one away from the minutes until Michigan’s first punt (four). Finally, Zigmun correctly predicted that Indiana’s longest pass completion would be 37 yards.

As usual, no one correctly predicted the final score. Last week’s Five-Spot Challenge winner, Sistersueblue, was the closest with her prediction of Michigan 28 – Indiana 17. The 26 contestants predicted an average score of Michigan 36 – Indiana 14.

The weekly results and season standings have been updated.

The week we’ve all been waiting for all season has arrived. In three days, Michigan and Ohio State will square off with a spot in the Big Ten championship game on the line. As usual, since the stakes are higher for this one, we’ve added a few extra questions for The Game.

Five-Spot Challenge 2016: Indiana

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016


Congratulations to Sistersueblue for picking up her first win of the season. Her deviation of 399 narrowly beat out Grahambino‘s 403. In a week where there were a lot of high deviations due to the ineffectiveness of Michigan’s offense, Sistersueblue’s highest single deviation was 168. She was the closest to Jabrill Peppers’ total rushing yards (11, four away) and how many more total yards Michigan would record than Iowa (minus-29, 76 away). She was also fourth closest to the longest kick return by either team (23 yards, five away) and third closest to Wilton Speight’s passing yards (103, 146 away). She wins a prize box of product from our sponsors, Lane’s BBQCultivate Coffee & Tap House, and Chayder Grilling Company.

Grahambino was the closest to Speight’s passing yards at 127 away. Bigboyblue was right on with his prediction of 23 as the longest kick return by either team, while bigred was the closest to C.J. Beathard’s passing yards (66, four away).

It should come as no surprise that no one correctly predicted the final score. All 31 contestants picked Michigan to win by an average score of Michigan 41 – Iowa 11. Five contestants (Northsiders7, TheZachster, MEKMichigan, Myrick55, and Freezer566) correctly predicted Iowa’s 14 points, but GrizzlyJFB was the closest to Michigan’s score with his prediction of 24 points.

The weekly results and season standings have been updated.

Michigan looks to get back on track against Indiana this Saturday. The Hoosiers lost to Penn State last weekend and enter with a 5-5 overall record and 3-4 in the Big Ten.

Five-Spot Challenge 2016: Iowa

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016


Congratulations to TheZachster for winning the Five-Spot Challenge for the second time in the past three weeks. His deviation of just 17 beat out bigred‘s total of 41. TheZachster didn’t have a single answer that was more than eight points off the actual. His prediction of 80 rushing yards for Maryland was just two away, tied with GrizzlyJFB. He was closest to Maryland’s longest play, just two away, and closest to Kenny Allen’s longest field goal, just one away. He wins a prize box of product from our sponsors, Lane’s BBQCultivate Coffee & Tap House, and Chayder Grilling Company.

DBenney09 was the closest to Amara Darboh’s 77 receiving yards with his prediction of 78. Ebenszac and artayay were both just one away from the total combined points scored (62).

Michigan Mack was the closest to the final score with his prediction of Michigan 56 – Maryland 0. The average score prediction among the 29 contestants was Michigan 46 – Maryland 10.

The weekly results and season standings have been updated.

This week, Michigan travels to Iowa City looking for their first win since 2005. Here are this week’s picks.

Five-Spot Challenge 2016: Michigan State

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016


Congratulations to TheZachster for winning last week’s Five-Spot Challenge. His deviation of 152 was far better than second place JD Mackiewicz‘s 210. It’s the second time in the past three weeks that JD Mackiewicz finished second, and he won the week before that. TheZachster wasn’t the closest to any single question but he was the most consistent. His widest deviation was 53 away from Illinois’ total punt yards (287). He was 30 away from Michigan’s rushing yards (270), 28 away from Illinois’ total yards (172), eight away from the uniform number of Michigan’s first touchdown (88), and 30 away from Jabrill Peppers’ longest punt return (zero). He wins a prize box of product from our sponsors, Lane’s BBQCultivate Coffee & Tap House, and Chayder Grilling Company.

Maizenblu62 was the closest to Michigan’s total rushing yards, just two away. JD Mackiewicz was just three away from Illinois’ total yards and just 13 away from Illinois’ total yards of punts. ScKonwin and Sistersueblue were the only contestants to correctly predict that Michigan’s first touchdown would be a pass from Wilton Speight to Jake Butt (91). Kfarmer16 was the closest to Peppers’ longest punt return, just five away.

As usual, no one correctly predicted the final score, but Grahambino was close with his prediction of Michigan 42 – Illinois 6. BigHouseBrandon was also close with his prediction of 44-7. The average score prediction among the 30 contestants was Michigan 53 – Illinois 6.

The weekly results and season standings have been updated.

Michigan travels up the road to East Lansing this Saturday looking for redemption against rival Michigan State. Here are this week’s picks.

Five-Spot Challenge 2016: Illinois

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016


Congratulations to tooty_pops for winning the Rutgers Five-Spot Challenge. His total deviation of 91 was 51 points better than second place ScKon. Tooty_pops was just one away from correctly predicting the yardage differential between Ohio State and Michigan against Rutgers (69) and he correctly predicted the final two questions: that Rutgers wouldn’t score a touchdown and that Michigan wouldn’t make a field goal. He was also the closest to De’Veon Smith’s rushing total (11, 37 away). He wins a prize box of product from our sponsors, Lane’s BBQCultivate Coffee & Tap House, and Chayder Grilling Company.

ScKon was the closest to Chris Laviano’s passing yards (six, 33 away). Zigmun, boggie, DBenney09, ScKon, Michigan Mack, Ebenszac, Prymtymer, Jaeschke, and BigHouseBrandon all predicted that Rutgers wouldn’t score a touchdown, while ScKon, HTTV37, and BigHouseBrandon all predicted that Michigan wouldn’t make a field goal.

No one correctly predicted the score and the highest anyone predicted Michigan to score was 66 points. The average score prediction among the 31 contestants was Michigan 48 – Rutgers 7. Boggie was the closest with his prediction of Michigan 66 – Rutgers 3.

The weekly results and season standings have been updated.

This week, Michigan hosts Illinois, who beat Rutgers during Michigan’s bye week to stay slightly above the Scarlet Knights in the Big Ten cellar. Here are this week’s picks.

Five-Spot Challenge 2016: Rutgers

Monday, October 3rd, 2016


Congratulations to Jaeschke for winning last week’s Five-Spot Challenge, narrowly keeping JD Mackiewicz from winning back-to-back weeks. Jaeschke’s deviation of 71.8 was just 1.3 better than JD’s 73.1. Jaeschke was no worse than 20 away from the correct answer to any question. He was third closest to Alex Hornibrook’s passing yards (88, 20 away), second closest to the minutes it would take Michigan to score 20 points — which they didn’t — (60, 12 away), and fifth closest to Jabrill Peppers’ longest punt return (13 yards, five away). He wins a prize box of product from our sponsors, Lane’s BBQCultivate Coffee & Tap House, andChayder Grilling Company.

Saline_ian, Sistersueblue, and TheZachster were all just one away from the yards Wisconsin would gain on its first possession (22). JD Mackiewicz’s prediction of 121 was just 3.1 away from Wilton Speight’s quarterback rating of 124.1. Kashkaav was right on the mark with Hornibrook’s 88 passing yards. MEKMichigan was the only one within single digits of the minutes until Michigan scored 20 points (five away). And Freezer566 correctly predicted Peppers’ longest return.

No one correctly predicted the final score. In fact, no one thought Michigan would score fewer than three touchdowns. TheZachster was the closest with his prediction of Michigan 21 – Wisconsin 14. All 31 contestants picked Michigan to win by an average score of Michigan 33 – Wisconsin 18. BigHouseBrandon correctly predicted Wisconsin’s total of seven points.

The weekly results and season standings have been updated.

Michigan hits the road for the first time this season this Saturday at Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights rank last in the Big Ten in most offensive and defensive categories. Here are this week’s questions.

M&GB staff predictions – Wisconsin

Friday, September 30th, 2016


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Previously this week: First Look, Five-Spot Challenge, Tailgate Tuesday: Tomato pie, Week 4 power rankings, The numbers game, Game preview

Both Michigan and Wisconsin enter Saturday’s matchup ranked in the top 10 — the first time in series history that the two have played as top 10 teams. Both earned dominant wins over Big Ten East foes last weekend and both feature defenses that rank among the nation’s best. So what gives?

Once again, Joe was the winner of our staff predictions last week with his prediction of Michigan 42 – Penn State 10. He now has the lead in our staff picks challenge with three wins in four weeks. Here are our picks for this week:

Justin
Staff Predictions
Michigan Wisconsin
Justin 33 13
Derick 35 24
Sam 24 10
Josh 41 13
Joe 34 14
M&GB Average 33 15

Michigan and Wisconsin feature two of the nation’s best defenses, but I’m not sold on the offenses the Badgers have faced to date. That’s not saying that their defense isn’t great. But Michigan’s offense is light years better than those of LSU, Akron, Georgia State, and Michigan State. Michigan may not score the 52 points it averages, but it will move the ball semi-consistently and put a little bit of humility into Wisconsin’s defense. Look for a lot more Jabrill Peppers as a ball carrier, receiver, and as a decoy as Jim Harbaugh finds ways to neutralize Wisconsin’s linebacker strength.

Defensively, Michigan matches up nicely with Wisconsin’s offense. Alex Hornibrook hasn’t faced the type of pass rush Michigan brings and won’t have the same accuracy he displayed last week. Without a spread threat, the defense will be able to focus on bottling up Corey Clement and forcing third-and-longs where the Wolverines excel.

The first half will remain a close, defensive battle, but Michigan’s offense will find enough to pull away in the second. Wilton Speight will take care of the ball and put together a nice stat line with Jake Butt being his favorite target.

Michigan 33 – Wisconsin 13

Derick

Wisconsin is the first real test Michigan will face this season, setting up a top-10 battle in Ann Arbor.

Michigan provides a bigger test for Alex Hornibrook, who will see a defense averaging 4.3 sacks per game. On offense, Michigan probably won’t get up to 52 points (its season average), but it should do enough to win the game.

Wisconsin will hang around, but the special teams dominance of Michigan will wear down the Badgers. Michigan will pull away late to win.

Michigan 35 – Wisconsin 24

Sam

Many are calling this the first real test for this Michigan Wolverines squad after four straight blowouts. But with Vince Biegel out for the Badgers and Michigan’s defense getting close to full strength (minus the unfortunate loss of Jeremy Clark), I think the Wolverines hold every advantage in what should be a classic rough-and-tumble Big Ten throwback contest.

Jabrill Peppers should see plenty of snaps in all three phases, Jourdan Lewis and Ben Braden should inch closer to full health, and Michigan’s defense should be far too stout for a Wisconsin team designed to ground and pound. I’ll take the Maize and Blue in convincing fashion again.

Michigan 27 – Wisconsin 10

Josh (1)

As we saw in this week’s The Numbers Game, Wisconsin is very good at preventing explosive plays but not so good at generating them. This plays right into Michigan’s hands. I think this will be a good test for the Michigan offensive line as they have struggled thus far against 3-4 fronts, and Wisconsin is always a stout team up front. I expect Wisconsin to keep Michigan well under their season average for explosive plays (currently 11.25 per game), but with the loss of stud linebacker Vince Biegel they will struggle to keep Michigan the board.

It appears as though sophomore running back Karan Higdon is not only healthy but quite possibly the No. 2 option behind De’Veon Smith. If this holds true I think we’ll see a heavy dose of run and play-action passing this weekend. I’m not sure Michigan tops 45 for the sixth straight game (dating back to last season) but they’ll come close. As we’ve seen Harbaugh isn’t one to let his foot off the gas.

On the other side of the ball redshirt freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook had a solid outing against Michigan State last week but it appeared that his arm strength was a bit, shall we say, lacking. He likely won’t be able to test Michigan deep, nor is he a threat to run. At least not a dangerous run threat anyway. It looks like Bryan Mone may be back this week, and if he is Hornibrook could be in for a long, painful afternoon. Michigan should keep their season pace with 10-plus tackles for loss and add three or four sacks as well.

Wisconsin is a pro-style team and they don’t really use many 3-plus wide receiver sets, so the huge loss of Jeremy Clark, literally and figuratively, might not rear its ugly head this week. However, Paul Chryst is a solid coach and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him roll out a few plays with an extra receiver or two to try and stress Michigan’s pass defense.

Honestly, I’m not too worried this week but I am very uncomfortable going forward. Brandon Watson, David Long, and Lavert Hill don’t exactly instill much confidence in me right now. But again, this is as a good a week to test out some new defensive back options as any without much fear of disastrous results.

Normally you expect a battle of two top defenses (currently No. 1 and 2 in the Big Ten) to come down to which team has the better offense. That team is Michigan, by a longshot. On top of that ,I don’t think Wisconsin is as good as their record — and previous opponents’ ranking — would lead you to believe. LSU is clearly a dumpster fire and Michigan State gave that game away with poor quarterback play and a ton of turnovers. Did I mention Georgia State took them deep into the fourth quarter? Wisconsin is good, don’t get me wrong, but Michigan is just much better all-around. My gut says it won’t be as close as a top ten matchup ought to be though. Wolverines win big, again.

Michigan 41 – Wisconsin 13

Joe (3)

Now things start to get a little fun. We’re done with the early cream-puffs and start to get into the meat of the schedule. Mmmmmm…..meat! If you browse the inter webs on Tuesday’s, you know what we do to meat around here. We cook it low and slow and typically char it at the end. This will be no different against the Badgers. They are coming into the Big House riding high after a dominating performance against the Spartans. The big difference is the offense they will see this week is much better than anything they’ve seen so far. Speight will distribute the ball around and take a few deep shots along the way and eventually find Butt for a touchdown or two. The defense will get all over the freshman quarterback and force a few bad decisions resulting in short fields for the good guys. Michigan wins this one going away.

Michigan 34 – Wisconsin 14

Five-Spot Challenge 2016: Wisconsin

Monday, September 26th, 2016


Congratulations to JD Mackiewicz for winning last week’s Five-Spot Challenge. His deviation of 96 was 13 points better than second place Wolfetd. JD Mackiewicz was only one away from Jabrill Peppers’ all-purpose yards (54), six away from Saquon Barkley’s rushing yards (59), and 16 away from Penn State’s second half total yards (141). He wins a prize box of product from our sponsors, Lane’s BBQCultivate Coffee & Tap House, and Chayder Grilling Company.

Tooty_pops and Wolfetd were the closest to Barkley’s rushing yards (four away). HTTV137 and Jaeschke were both just one away from Penn State’s second half yards. Nobody correctly predicted that Matt Godin (number 99) would record Michigan’s first sack. Zigmun and Maizenblu62 were the closest with their predictions of 96 (Ryan Glasgow). Chris Wormley had the most predictions (10 of 33). Finally, DBenney09 was the only contestant to correctly predict the length of Kenny Allen’s longest punt (44 yards).

All 33 contestants picked Michigan to win by an average score of Michigan 42 – Penn State 17. No one correctly predicted the score, but BadBlu was the closest with his prediction of 49-13. Had Penn State kicked another field goal he would have had his highest deviation reduced to zero and moved all the way up to fourth place for the week.

The weekly results and season standings have been updated.

This week, Michigan hosts No. 8 Wisconsin in what should be a tough defensive battle. Here are this week’s questions.

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.