Week 7 of the 2016 college football season is upon us, and the National title picture still has plenty of room for clarity. There are two huge games on the schedule. No. 8 Wisconsin hosts No. 2 Ohio State, and No. 9 Tennessee hosts No. 1 Alabama. There will be plenty more big matchups in the coming weeks, but these two are huge for this weekend. I think we all eagerly await Ohio State-Michigan to close out the regular season, but in the meantime, this will do well!
There are a lot more games on the schedule, so this will serve as an open thread. 49ers GM Trent Baalke is on hand for Buffalo vs. Ball State, according to Matt Maiocco. There are no big name prospects, but maybe the 49ers GM is on the lookout for some diamonds in the rough.
Here is a look at Ball State-Buffalo, and then OSU-Wisconsin. Enjoy the day of college football.
Ball State Cardinals at Buffalo Bulls
Time: 12:30 PM PST
Channel: ESPN 3
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
According to Matt Maiocco, Trent Baalke is in the house scouting the Ball State vs. Buffalo match-up. Both teams have several draft-eligible prospects with a good chance of making an NFL roster as an undrafted free agent rookie; however, Ball State showcases two prospects to keep an eye on: WR KeVonn Mabon, No. 16 and OLB Joshua Posley, No. 57.
WR KeVonn Mabon, No. 16, 6'2" - 215 lbs., 4.54 40 - (7th-UDFA)
OT Drake Miller, No. 78, 6'5" - 307'lbs., 5.32 40 - (UDFA)
OLB Joshua Posley, No. 57, 6'1" - 254 lbs., 4.82 40 - (7th)
ILB Sean Wiggins, No. 3, 6'3" - 232 lbs., 4.86 40 - (UDFA)
CB Darius Conaway, No. 4, 6'1" - 189 lbs., 4.55 40 - (UDFA) suspended indefinitely
SS Martez Hester, No. 21, 6'3" - 201 lbs., 4.57 40 - (UDFA)
RB Jordan Johnson, No. 2, 6'0" - 220 lbs., 4.62 40 - (UDFA)
TE Mason Schreck, No. 85, 6'4" - 250 lbs., 4.84 40 - (UDFA)
OLB Brandon Berry, No. 23, 6'0" - 215 lbs., 4.76 40 - (UDFA)
CB Boise Ross, No. 1, 5'11" - 185 lbs., 4.54 40 - (UDFA)
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Date: Saturday, October 15th
Time: 5:00 P.M. PT
Location: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin
Spread: Ohio State -9.5
Ohio State prospects to watch:
J.T. Barrett | QB | No. 16 | Junior | 6’2” | 222 lbs
Scouting Report: Athletic. Barrett is a threat every single down to make a play with his legs. He is a willing runner and will not shy away from a collision for extra yards. Barret is also a very accurate passer. He delivers the ball on time and on target on a good number of his throws. He commands the field well and is said to be a great leader. Some of Barrett’s negatives include size, off-the-field issues and panicking. While he does have the ability to run, Barret is often seen exiting the pocket prematurely if he hears footsteps. In addition, some of Barrett’s tosses will lose velocity and die. His frame isn’t the biggest worry to me as other smaller quarterbacks in the NFL have proven to be successes, but I’m positive teams will pass on him in the draft to due to his size. As for his non-football related problems, he was arrested for operating a vehicle last November. In addition, some of Barrett’s tosses will lose velocity and die.
Raekwon McMillian | LB | No. 5 | Junior | 6’2” | 243 lbs
Scouting Report: McMillian possesses an absolute stellar blend of size and speed. His adept ability to fill the run and play sideline-to-sideline is to likes of many NFL organizations. No. 5 is an extremely instinctive player with quick recognition and anticipation skills. McMillian excels at fighting off opposing lineman and locating the ball carrier, displaying strength and active hands while doing so. In pass coverage, he plays balanced and alert, rarely getting fooled by fakes. On the downside, McMillian is more of a football player than anything, meaning his athleticism is up to par at best. He lacks elite burst and closing speed, infrequently exploding into the backfield and making a tackle for a loss. Short area quickness is not a strong suit of the Buckeye’s star defender.
Other Ohio State players to watch: (DE) Sam Hubbard, (C/OG) Pat Eflein, (OLB) Dante Booker, (DE) Tyquan Lewis, (WR) Corey Smith, (CB) Gareon Conley
Wisconsin prospects to watch:
Disclaimer: Vince Biegel will not play today due to a fractured foot.
Vince Biegel | OLB | 47 | Senior | 6’3” | 241 lbs
Scouting Report: Biegel possesses a high motor. He plays with intensity and will stop at nothing to get in on the action. He has a fairly quick first-step and a strong lower body, which leads to numerous offensive-line knockbacks. Biegel does a fine job of getting his legs underneath him to using leverage to hold ground and funnel the ball carrier inside. No. 47 is a solid tackler and will rarely miss tackles when he wraps up. On the downside, Biegel is more of a football player than anything. He lacks elite speed and explosiveness. He has trouble converting speed into power, getting the offensive lineman to commit one way and then dipping underneath him to locate the quarterback. Biegel is tight-hipped and will likely find problems dropping into coverage at the next level. He could also stand to get his more involved and become more violent.
Wisconsin: (RB) Corey Clement, (C/OG) Dan Voltz, (QB) Bart Houston, (CB) Sojourn Shelton, (WR) Robert Wheelwright, (FS) Leo Musso