Wrapping up the Michigan football win over Indiana, here are our grades and game balls for the Wolverines.
The report cards have been flawless over the past few weeks for Michigan football after blowout wins over Nebraska and Minnesota.
After the 52-7 win over Indiana on Saturday, it’s a report card that anybody’s parents would be happy about. The Wolverines started slow. But after that, they once again flexed their muscles and reminded everyone why they are talked about as a national title contender.
Michigan football outgained Indiana 407-232. The Wolverines forced four turnovers, had four sacks, and easily covered the spread. Here are the grades and the game balls.
Game balls: J.J. McCarthy, Jaylen Harrell, and Michael Barrett
On the offensive side of the ball, it’s easy to give a game ball to McCarthy. He completed 14-of-17 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns. He’s now rising in the Heisman Trophy race and continues to lead college football in QBR.
McCarthy might not have huge numbers compared to Michael Penix Jr. But he’s a playmaker as he showed on Saturday and he shouldn’t be punished because he plays in a run-heavy offense and hasn’t played much in the fourth quarter at all this season.
I couldn’t choose between Harrell and Barrett on defense. Harrell had two sacks and forced a fumble, while Barrett had a sack, forced a fumble, and recovered it on the same play. Barrett is an explosive hitter, as well as being great in coverage.
There’s zero doubt in my mind that he gets drafted. He’s an enforcer and a playmaker.