College Football Week Seven Breakdown: Michigan Looks To Bounce Back

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Michigan Was Upset Last Week But Will Look To Rebound In Week Seven.


Week six of the college football season was pretty quiet. Only one team in the top-15 lost. This week likely won’t be much different. It’s the only week so far that doesn’t include a single game between two ranked teams. That made finding games to look at this week sort of a difficult task, but it was doable.

Here are the two games that might be worth your time:

#17 Michigan at Indiana

 

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Last week was a dissapointing one for the Wolverines. They were the one top-15 to lose, and it came against one of their biggest rivals, Michigan State. The final score was 14-10 in Michigan State’s favor and it was an ugly looking game for both sides, partially due to rain.

Michigan will look to get back on track this week.

Indiana is 3-2 so far in 2017. Their losses came against Ohio State and Penn State, both in blowout fashion. Those are two of the most talented teams in all of college football so those loses aren’t the end of the world. The Hoosiers have some solid players on their roster.

Michigan’s best player last week was defensive tackle Maurice Hurst. He finished with eight tackles, two and half of them were for a loss.

Outside of Hurst there weren’t many bright spots.

Indiana has two standout players, one on offense and one of defense. On offense is wide receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. (pictured above). Cobbs is a big receiver at 6’4” and 220 lbs. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller has said that Cobbs has “Mike Evans type ability”. He does a great job of going up and getting the football. There will be plenty of teams who will want him in the draft.

The star of Indiana’s defense is linebacker Tegray Scales. Scales is undersized, 6’0” 230 lbs., but he was one of the most productive players in college football last season. He recorded 126 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks and an interception. Stats aren’t a great way to judge a prospect but those type of numbers are impossible to ignore. He’s always around to football and can make plays in a variety of ways.

South Carolina at Tennessee

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South Carolina is off to an okay start to the season at 4-2. Tennessee is 3-2 but are coming off of an ugly 41-0 loss to Georgia.

Unfortunately for South Carolina, wide receiver Deebo Samuel, one of their best players, is out the the remainder of the season due to a broken leg. They still have another nice weapon on offense however in tight end Hayden Hurst (pictured above).

Hurst has had an interesting journey. He spent time playing professional baseball in the Pirates organization before retiring, partly because he loved football more than baseball. Luckily for Hurst he is very good at football so will get a chance to go pro in this sport too.

He has very good size at 6’5” and 253 lbs. So far in his career he’s proven to be a reliable receiver who’s willing to do the dirty work. The bad news for him is that he is already 24 years old so he’s older than most draft prospects.

For Tennessee the players to watch are tight end Ethan Wolfe, safety Evan Berry and defensive tackle Kahil McKenzie Jr. None are elite prospects but could end up being mid to late round prospects.

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Cory Hayes
I attend Central Michigan University, I am majoring in Journalism and minoring in Sport Management. I am a junior. I am from Marysville, MI. I love following sports, both professional and collegiate. I follow the Lions, Pistons, and Tigers very closely, and the college team that I choose to cheer for is Ohio State.