Now that the season is over for Michigan, it’s a good time to go back and look at my predictions from September 1, 2016, to see how close I came to being right. Or to see how embarrassingly terrible I did. You can find the predictions post here (LINK).
Prediction: De’Veon Smith, 870 yards
Actual: De’Veon Smith, 846 yards
Analysis: Okay, that was pretty damn accurate to start.
Prediction: Jehu Chesson, 900 yards
Actual: Amara Darboh, 852 yards
Analysis: I screwed the pooch on this one. Chesson ended up with 500 yards. He really didn’t look like the same player that he was in the second half of 2015. Maybe it was the knee injury, or maybe it was a lack of chemistry with new quarterback Wilton Speight. Either way, it was a disappointing year for Chesson.
Prediction: Ben Gedeon, 80 tackles
Actual: Ben Gedeon, 100 tackles
Analysis: I got the player right, but Gedeon played more than I expected. Even though Michigan didn’t have a great option at middle linebacker behind him, I thought the Wolverines would play someone else in blowouts or just to give the guy a break. That didn’t happen much, though. He was an iron man out there, and I guess when the next guy on the depth chart is converted walk-on defensive end Mike Wroblewski, you probably want to stick with Gedeon most of the time.
Hit the jump for more of a look back at Michigan’s season and the predictions I posted here.