Week 1 of the 2017 college football season lived up to the hype. With several marquee matchups in the opening weekend, the action at the FBS level didn't disappoint. Alabama remained the team to beat after a win against Florida State, Michigan dominated Florida, Louisville rallied to beat Purdue, Tennessee knocked off Georgia Tech in overtime, and Virginia Tech beat West Virginia in a thriller at FedEx Field in Landover.
With the first weekend of the 2017 seasonin 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 1:
College Football Week 1 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Thanks to a huge performance in the fourth quarter by Rosen, the Bruins engineered one of the biggest comebacks in college football history. The junior torched Texas A&M for 491 yards and four touchdowns through the air, including a 10-yard score with less than a minute remaining to win 45-44.
Defensive Player of the Week: Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
Jewell was instrumental for Iowa’s defense to contain Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen and limit the Cowboys to just three points and 233 overall yards. Jewell stuffed the stat sheet with an all-around standout performance on Saturday, recording 14 stops (2.5 for a loss), two sacks and one pass breakup.