Athlon hands out the awards from the Week 10 action.
Week 10 of the 2017 college football season was filled with several intriguing matchups and storylines. A loaded afternoon slate of games provided a shake up in the race to get into the CFB Playoff. Iowa dominated Ohio State in a 55-24 victory for coach Kirk Ferentz's team, Michigan State beat Ohio State on a last-second field goal, Oklahoma survived a 62-52 shootout with rival Oklahoma State, West Virginia knocked off Iowa State and Clemson held off NC State to take control of the ACC's Atlantic Division. Also, Miami beat Virginia Tech, Alabama handled LSU in a 24-10 win in Tuscaloosa, USC knocked off Arizona and Georgia remained unbeaten with a victory over South Carolina.
With the 10th 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 10:
College Football Week 10 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Mayfield threw for 598 yards and five touchdowns on 24 completions to help Oklahoma knock off rival Oklahoma State 62-52 in the Bedlam rivalry on Saturday. The senior also added one score on the ground.
Defensive Player of the Week: Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
Jackson is a rising star in the Big Ten and continued a standout 2017 season by intercepting three passes and recording three tackles in Saturday’s upset over Iowa.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
Pettis is officially in the NCAA record book. The senior returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown in Saturday night’s win over Oregon, which was the ninth punt return for a score in his career. The nine punt returns for a touchdown are a new career record at the FBS level.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Brian Ferentz, Iowa
Ferentz seems to be pushing all of the right buttons in his first year as Iowa’s play-caller. The Hawkeyes were prepared and executed a standout gameplan in the upset win over Ohio State, as Ferentz’s offense generated 487 total yards (7.0 per play), possessed the ball for 34:51 and went seven-for-seven on red- zone conversions. Running back Akrum Wadley rushed for 118 yards, and quarterback Nate Stanley tossed five touchdowns and threw for 226 yards on 20 completions.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Manny Diaz, Miami
The turnover chain had plenty of air time in Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday night. Miami’s defense held Virginia Tech to 299 total yards (4.0 per play) and just 10 points. Additionally, Diaz’s group forced four turnovers, generated four sacks and limited the Hokies to just three third-down conversions on 14 attempts.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
Akers led the way for Florida State’s offense in Saturday’s win over Syracuse. The true freshman recorded 199 rushing yards and two scores on 22 carries. He also added 18 receiving yards on three catches.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern
Fisher takes home this honor for the second week in a row. In Saturday’s overtime win over Nebraska, Fisher recorded 13 tackles (six solo) and helped to limit the Cornhuskers to 3.6 yards per carry.
Team of the Week: Iowa
Kinnick Stadium’s November magic is back. For the second year in a row, Iowa knocked off a top-10 team at home. The Hawkeyes dominated Ohio State in a 55-24 rout and ended the CFB Playoff hopes of coach Urban Meyer’s team. Iowa had a terrific gameplan on offense, as coordinator Brian Ferentz mixed the run and pass effectively and attacked the Buckeyes’ linebackers in pass coverage. The Hawkeyes limited Ohio State to 5.8 yards per play, forced four turnovers and held the Buckeyes to just seven points in the second half. Coach Kirk Ferentz’s team has a showdown against Wisconsin next week, but regardless of what happens in that game, Iowa provided a major shake up to the CFB Playoff picture with Saturday’s upset over Ohio State.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Khaleke Hudson, LB, Michigan
Hudson stuffed the stat sheet in Michigan’s win over Minnesota. He recorded 13 tackles (11 solo), two sacks, one forced fumble and helped to limit the Golden Gophers to just 90 rushing yards. Additionally, of Hudson’s 13 tackles, 6.5 of them went for a loss.