Week 8 of the college footballseason is in the books. The weekend slate provided plenty of highlights, big plays, standout performances and surprises. While the Week 8 schedule appeared to be light on intrigue, Saturday's action wasn't short on drama or key outcomes in shaping the playoff and national title picture.
With another weekend of action in the books, it’s time to hand out the hardware to honor the best of the best from Week 8. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, freshman and unsung hero from Week 8:
College Football Week 8 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Luke Falk, QB, Washington State
Falk guided Washington State to a 45-42 road upset over Arizona by throwing for 514 yards and five touchdowns on 47 completions. Falk has passed for 500 or more yards in two out of the last three games and tossed only two interceptions in that span. Additionally, Falk leads the nation with an average of 412.1 passing yards per game and a 72.9 completion percentage.
Defensive Player of the Week: Cam Smith, LB, USC
Smith led the way for a solid all-around defensive effort from USC in Saturday night’s 42-24 win over Utah. The true freshman led the team with nine tackles and recorded three interceptions. Smith returned one interception for a score and took another pick 41 yards to setup a touchdown by fullback Soma Vainuku. Through seven games, Smith leads the team with 62 tackles and is one of the rising stars in the Pac-12.
Freshman of the Week: Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Rosen was sharp in UCLA’s 40-24 victory over California on Thursday night. Despite injuries to running back Paul Perkins and receiver Devin Fuller, the Bruins didn’t miss a beat on offense. Rosen completed 34 of 47 passes for 399 yards and three scores. Rosen’s 399 passing yards were a career high and the most by a freshman in UCLA history.
Coordinator of the Week: Dave Wommack, Ole Miss
Even with stars Robert Nkemdiche and Tony Conner sidelined due to injuries, Ole Miss’ defense suffocated Texas A&M’s high-powered offense on Saturday night. The Rebels limited the Aggies to just 192 overall yards (2.7 yards per play) and three points in a 23-3 victory. Wommack’s defense also forced three turnovers, 10 drives of five or fewer plays and six tackles for a loss. The 2.7 yards per play mark by Texas A&M’s offense against Ole Miss was the lowest total by the Aggies under coach Kevin Sumlin.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Lance Austin, Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech upset Florida State in stunning fashion on Saturday night. The Yellow Jackets blocked a game-winning field goal attempt by Roberto Aguayo, with sophomore defensive back Lance Austin returning the miss 78 yards for a touchdown as time expired. Austin’s huge return helped Georgia Tech end the Seminoles’ 28-game winning streak in conference play.