Week 11 of the 2017 college football season was filled with several intriguing matchups and storylines. For the second week in a row, Miami made a statement to the rest of college football. After a convincing win over Virginia Tech last Saturday, the Hurricanes dominated Notre Dame in Week 11 to improve to 9-0 and likely earned a place among the top four in this week's CFB Playoff ranking. Thanks to Virginia's loss at Louisville, Miami also claimed the Coastal Division title. And the Hurricanes opponent was also decided in Week 11, as Clemson's win over Florida State clinched another Atlantic Division title for coach Dabo Swinney's team. North Carolina upset Pitt, NC State beat Boston College, Duke lost to Army, Georgia Tech scored a key win over Virginia Tech to keep its bowl hopes alive, and Wake Forest hit six victories with a 64-43 victory over Syracuse to wrap up the rest of the key action from Week 11 in the ACC.
With the 11th weekend of the 2017 season in the books, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor some of the top performances. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, team, freshman and unsung hero from Week 11:
ACC Week 11 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: John Wolford, QB, Wake Forest
Wolford completed 25 of 38 throws for 363 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 136 yards and three scores in Saturday’s 64-43 victory over Syracuse.
Defensive Player of the Week: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
Chubb dominated the line of scrimmage in Saturday’s win over Boston College. The senior finished the game with eight tackles (four for a loss), 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Warren Ruggiero, Wake Forest
Saturday’s win over Syracuse ensured Wake Forest will play in a bowl game for the second year in a row under coach Dave Clawson. The Demon Deacons’ offense was on fire during the victory over the Orange, as this unit scored on its final eight possessions (not counting kneel downs) to post 64 points (the ninth-most in school history). Ruggiero’s group amassed a school-record 734 total yards (8.2 per play), 33 first downs and averaged 7.3 yards per rush. Quarterback John Wolford led the way with 363 yards through the air, and running back Matt Colburn chipped in 237 yards and two scores on the ground.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Manny Diaz, Miami
Dominant. That’s the easiest and best way to describe Miami’s defense on Saturday night. The Hurricanes held the Fighting Irish to just eight points and 261 total yards (4.1 per play) and generated four turnovers. Additionally, Diaz’s group recorded five sacks and nine tackles for a loss. This defense limited Notre Dame to just one drive of more than 35 yards and held a powerful Irish rushing attack to just 109 yards on 36 attempts.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
Etienne was the lead back for a Clemson offense that managed 227 rushing yards and four touchdowns in Saturday’s win over Florida State. The freshman recorded 97 yards and two touchdowns on 14 attempts.
Co-Freshmen of the Week (Defense): Trajan Bandy, CB/Jonathan Garvin, DE, Miami
Bandy and Garvin were key cogs in Miami’s dominant effort on defense in the win over Notre Dame. Bandy recorded one tackle and returned an interception for a 65-yard touchdown, while Garvin recorded two tackles (one for a loss), one sack and one forced fumble.
Team of the Week: Miami
It’s official: The U is back. The Hurricanes made a statement to the college football world by crushing Notre Dame 41-8 on Saturday night. Both sides of the ball had their share of highlights, but the defense simply dominated from the opening snap. Miami limited the Fighting Irish to 261 total yards and never allowed the offense to find running room on the ground. Mark Richt’s offense averaged 5.7 yards per play and scored on three out of its first four possessions to set the tone. Quarterback Malik Rosier completed 15 of 24 throws for 137 yards and a score, with the ground game accumulating 237 yards and three touchdowns. In addition to the big win over Notre Dame, Virginia’s loss to Louisville clinched the Coastal Division title for Miami.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Anthony Ratliff-Williams, WR, North Carolina
Ratliff-Williams contributed in a variety of ways in Thursday’s upset over Pitt. He completed one pass for a 35-yard touchdown, caught five balls for 75 yards and a score and returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.