Week 12 of the 2016 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments. Saturday's slate didn't produce another week of upsets, but there were several key matchups that will have a role in determining conference champions or the playoff picture. Colorado defeated Washington State in a critical game for positioning in the Pac-12, Oklahoma kept its playoff hopes alive with a victory over West Virginia, Florida upset LSU in Baton Rouge and Houston defeated Louisville on Thursday night.
With the third weekend of November games 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 12:
College Football Week 12 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Sefo Liufau, QB, Colorado
Colorado moved one step closer to clinching the Pac-12 South with a 38-24 victory over Washington State on Saturday. Liufau led the way for coach Mike MacIntyre, guiding the offense to four second-half scoring drives and 603 total yards. The senior completed 27 of 41 throws for 345 yards and rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries.
Defensive Player of the Week: Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
Oliver dominated the trenches during Houston’s 36-10 upset over Louisville. The true freshman was a key cog in the efforts to contain quarterback Lamar Jackson, and the Cougars limited the dynamic sophomore to just 244 total yards and one touchdown. Oliver finished with six tackles (three for a loss), three sacks, one pass breakup and one forced fumble.