Week 12 of the 2017 college football season was filled with several intriguing matchups and storylines. While only one matchup featured teams in the top 25, the weekend slate didn't disappoint. Wisconsin knocked off Michigan to remain unbeaten and in the thick of the CFB Playoff mix. In the Pac-12, USC knocked off UCLA, and Washington rallied to beat Utah in the final seconds. Kansas State upset Oklahoma State, while Texas, TCU and Oklahoma picked up key road wins in Big 12 play. Miami overcame a slow start to beat Virginia, and Georgia knocked off Kentucky to round out some of the top games from Week 12.
With the 12th 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 12:
College Football Week 12 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State
Penny set a single-game school record with 429 all-purpose yards in San Diego State’s 42-23 victory over Nevada. The senior rushed for 222 yards and two touchdowns on just 24 attempts, averaging 9.3 yards per carry. He also returned two kickoffs for 131 yards, including a 100-yard score in the fourth quarter. Penny returned a 70-yard punt for a touchdown in the first half, giving him four overall scores in the victory.
Defensive Player of the Week: T.J. Edwards, LB, Wisconsin
Edwards was a key cog in Wisconsin’s standout defensive effort against Michigan. The junior recorded 11 tackles (2.5 for a loss), one sack and one pass breakup.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Joe Moorhead, Penn State
Penn State’s offense had no trouble moving the ball or putting points on the scoreboard in Saturday’s win over Nebraska. The Nittany Lions posted 56 points and 609 overall yards in the victory, while averaging 8.2 yards per play. The passing attack went for 346 yards, and the ground game chipped in 263. Moorhead’s offense also went 8 of 12 on third-down attempts, scored all seven times in the red zone and punted only once in the first half.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Jim Leavitt, Oregon
Arizona’s high-powered offense was held in check by Oregon’s defense on Saturday night. The Ducks limited the Wildcats to 330 total yards (4.1 per play), and dynamic quarterback Khalil Tate was held to just 32 rushing yards on 14 carries. Leavitt’s group forced two turnovers and allowed only seven points after halftime.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Armani Rogers, QB, UNLV
Rogers was instrumental in leading UNLV to a last-minute victory over New Mexico on Friday night. The redshirt freshman completed 13 of 25 throws for 211 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 193 yards and a score on 25 carries.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Derrick Tucker, FS, Texas A&M
Tucker led the way for Texas A&M's defense in the road win at Ole Miss. The freshman recorded 14 overall tackles (one for a loss), one interception, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups. Tucker’s interception was returned for a touchdown, which gave Texas A&M the lead for the first time on Saturday night.
Team of the Week: Wisconsin
Wisconsin cleared an important hurdle in its quest to reach the CFB Playoff, as coach Paul Chryst’s team knocked off Michigan 24-10 and improved to 11-0. The Badgers trailed 10-7 midway through the third quarter but scored the game’s final 17 points. Wisconsin’s offense got just enough production from running back Jonathan Taylor (132 yards), and quarterback Alex Hornibrook made a couple of clutch throws to finish with 143 passing yards. The Badgers limited Michigan to 234 total yards, with no drive extending beyond 30 yards in the second half. Assuming Wisconsin knocks off Minnesota next Saturday, the Big Ten Championship in Indianapolis will be a spot in the CFB Playoff.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Byron Pringle, WR, Kansas State
Pringle was the catalyst behind Kansas State’s road upset over Oklahoma State. On offense, Pringle took three of his four catches for touchdowns and totaled 166 receiving yards. He also scored on an 89-yard kickoff return, ending the matchup against the Cowboys with 114 return yards. Each of Pringle’s four touchdowns spanned at least 46 yards.