With the 13th weekend of the 2021 season in the books, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor some of the top performances. Each week, Athlon Sports will highlight some of the top performers in college football with its weekly awards section. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, and team from Week 13:
College Football Week 12 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Hassan Haskins, RB, Michigan
Haskins ran for 169 yards and five touchdowns in Michigan’s win over Ohio State.
Defensive Player of the Week: Aidan Hutchinson, DL, Michigan
Hutchinson recorded seven tackles (three for a loss), one quarterback hurry and three sacks in Michigan’s win over Ohio State.
Team of the Week: Michigan
It’s a close call between Oklahoma State and Michigan for this honor after both teams beat rivals in crucial spots on Saturday. The Wolverines get the edge for team of the week honors after knocking off Ohio State 42-27 for the first time since 2011. The path to Michigan’s victory started up front. The Wolverines pounded the Buckeyes for 297 rushing yards, while the defense limited Ohio State’s high-powered offense to 5.8 yards per snap. Led by ends David Ojabo and Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan’s pass rush was relentless on Saturday with four sacks and eight tackles for a loss. With the game in the balance in the second half, the Wolverines took control against the Buckeyes with four consecutive touchdown drives. The win over Ohio State sends Michigan to the Big Ten title game for the first time under coach Jim Harbaugh and gives the team an inside track to a CFB Playoff spot.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Brian Smith, Washington State
Washington has dominated the annual series against Washington State, but the tables were turned in favor of Washington State on Friday night. The Cougars scored 17 or fewer points in their last seven matchups versus the Huskies, but Smith’s group recorded 454 yards (6.2 per play) in the 40-13 win. This unit had good balance (209 on the ground and 245 through the air), which helped Washington State control the time of possession (41:25 to 18:35) and convert seven of 13 third-down attempts. Quarterback Jayden de Laura connected on 27 of 32 throws, which helped the offense punt only one time over its 10 drives.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Jim Knowles, Oklahoma State
Defense was a big reason why Oklahoma State snapped a six-game losing streak to Oklahoma on Saturday night. Knowles’ group held the Sooners’ high-powered offense to just 441 yards (5.3 per play) overall and did not surrender an offensive touchdown after halftime. Over the final two quarters, Oklahoma managed only 180 total yards and was stuffed in Oklahoma State territory after the defense allowed a big play earlier in the drive with the game on the line. This unit also registered six sacks, nine tackles for a loss and forced two takeaways in the Cowboys’ 37-33 win over the Sooners.