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Play The House: Wilton Speight will get 272 yards against Florida’s defense

Welcome to a fun new feature on Maize n Brew.

Photo credit: Dustin Johnston, Maize n Brew

Hello! Welcome to Play The House. This is a totally new and original feature, so let me start with the most boring part possible of any game, and that is explaining the rules.

Every Friday in this column, I will be posting statistical predictions for the coming game - laying out exactly how many yards I think Michigan players will get and what I predict the final score will be. You’ll have the chance to play against me - I will be ‘the house’ - in predicting the results of the coming game.

Really, though, you’ll be competing against each other, as some of you will do a better job against me and some of you will do worse. I am the baseline - it’s your job to pick me apart better than other participants will. Sound fun yet?

Okay, so you will have three chances to get the best score possible. Once I list every statistical prediction I can make, you get to choose three predictions where you think I’m too generous or too short. Then, you guess ‘over’ or ‘under’ for each of those three. Email me your guesses - i.e., “Wilton Speight ‘Over’,” “Chris Evans ‘Under’,” & “Tarik Black ‘Over’” - to

If you bet ‘over’ on Wilton Speight getting 272 passing yards, and he gets 300, that’s good. If you bet ‘over’ and he gets 400, that’s really good. You’ll get points based on your positive percentage points accrued - so 300/272 is 110% (so you get ten points), but 400/272 is 147% (so you get 47 points). Obviously you want to find the predictions where I end up being most wrong.

Oh, and guesses you get wrong count against your point total. If you guessed ‘under’ in the above example, you lose that number of points.

A couple more, very important details: You will not be able to double up or triple up on one prediction. The maximum number of points you can get from any one prediction is 50, so a perfect score any given week is 150. That will limit the number of people betting on low numbers just to get high percentages.

Also, please note: I’m using the word “guesses” rather than “bets,” because this is strictly for fun and not for money purposes. We have no money. We’re broke, just like you are. It’s just emailing your guesses in and then me publishing them in a spreadsheet once the game is over.

Lastly, when you email me your statistical predictions for the game, please send me a username that you want to go by, because on Monday I will publish how everybody did against each other in a spreadsheet, and you need some way to know which one was yours. If you don’t send in a username, I’ll use the first part of your email address instead.

And let’s get through a week of this and see how popular this is, and then I’ll talk about a season-long race and points accumulation. Alright, now - here’s the fun part.


Michigan Wolverines: Pass offense

Wilton Speight: 272 passing yards

Tarik Black: 94 receiving yards

Kekoa Crawford: 47 receiving yards

Eddie McDoom: 39 receiving yards

Zach Gentry: 18 receiving yards

Grant Perry: 17 receiving yards

Tyrone Wheatley, Jr: 17 receiving yards

Ian Bunting: 12 receiving yards

Donovan Peoples-Jones: 11 receiving yards

Chris Evans: 9 receiving yards

Nate Schoenle: 6 receiving yards

Notable zeroes: John O’Korn, Brandon Peters, Maurice Ways, Nick Eubanks, Nico Collins, Oliver Martin, & Sean McKeon

Michigan Wolverines: Run offense

Chris Evans: 112 rushing yards

Karan Higdon: 104 rushing yards

Ty Isaac: 38 rushing yards

Kareem Walker: 14 rushing yards

O’Maury Samuels: 5 rushing yards

Khalid Hill: 3 rushing yards

Tru Wilson: 3 rushing yards

Notable zeroes: Henry Poggi, Kurt Taylor, Ben Mason

Score & totals

Michigan pass offense: 272 passing yards

Michigan run offense: 279 rushing yards

Michigan total offense: 551 total yards

Florida pass offense: 188 passing yards

Florida run offense: 153 rushing yards

Florida total offense: 341 total yards

Michigan: 38 points

Florida: 20 points


So - once again, send in your three guesses to Feel free to pick any three stats above. If you want to change your prediction, just reply to your first email with the updated predictions.

Your deadline is, of course, kickoff on Saturday. Any other questions you may have, please ask in the comments. Good luck.