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College football ’18: Players to watch in Week 7

Week 7

Each week, The Game Haus will highlight five players to watch from college football games featuring Top 25 teams. From established stars to players on the verge of breaking out, we’ll offer some names to remember every week of the college football season.

Here’s a look at five players to watch in Week 7 (All times Eastern):

Jordan Cronkrite, RB, South Florida

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Matchup: at Tulsa, 7:00 p.m., Friday

Breakdown: A transfer from Florida, Cronkrite enters Week 7 third in the country averaging 151.5 rushing yards. Now, that number was boosted by a record-setting 302-yard performance last week against UMass. Tulsa has yielded 238.8 yards on the ground per game over its last four, so Cronkrite could be in for another big performance as the Bulls look to improve to 6-0 for the second year in a row.

Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia

Matchup: at No. 13 LSU, 3:30 p.m., Saturday

Breakdown: Sure, freshman Justin Fields might be pushing Fromm a bit, but the sophomore has handled the situation extremely well and is a big reason the Bulldogs are 6-0 and ranked second in the nation heading into Week 7. Fromm has thrown 12 touchdown passes to just two interceptions and has been sacked only seven times this season. He faces a big test at LSU, but his confidence is almost as impressive as his physical talent on the field.

Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington

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Matchup: at No. 17 Oregon, 3:30 p.m., Saturday

Breakdown: While their talented secondary gets a good share of credit for the Huskies allowing 13.7 points per game (tied for third-best nationally entering Week 7), the senior linebacker can’t be overlooked. Burr-Kirven, a second-team all-Pac-12 selection in 2017, ranks third in the country with 74 tackles – 39 of which are solos. Expect him to be a big part of the action against the Ducks this weekend, especially if they try to run the ball early on.

Marcus Simms, WR, West Virginia

Matchup: at Iowa State, 7 p.m., Saturday

Breakdown: David Sills V tends to garner most of the attention on and off the field when it comes to the Mountaineers receivers. Rightfully so, but the junior Simms leads the team with 490 receiving yards and a 98.0 per game average. He’s tied for second on the team with 26 receptions – nine shy of matching his total from all of last season. Last week’s victory over Kansas snapped a string of three straight games with at least 119 receiving yards for Simms.

Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan

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Matchup: vs. No. 15 Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m., Saturday

Breakdown: The Badgers and star Jonathan Taylor will want to run the ball in prime time. Winovich should be waiting. The long-haired defender is hard to miss on the field, and it’s not just because of his free-flowing locks. Winovich leads the Big Ten in tackles for loss (10 1/2), and expects to play a big part in the Wolverines trying to keep Wisconsin down in the Big House.

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