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Mississippi State's Dak Prescott is Athlon Sports' Week 6 Player of the Week

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott did it again.

Mississippi State entered the season with a 15-game losing streak to ranked teams and reputation of futility against the powers of the SEC.

Now, the Bulldogs seem invincible against ranked teams.

Prescott completed 19-of-25 passes for 259 yards with two touchdowns in a 48-31 win over No. 6 Texas A&M. Prescott also rushed for 77 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries to earn Athlon Sports National Player of the Week honors.

Mississippi State has defeated a pair of top 10 teams this season in LSU and Texas A&M, and despite closer final scores, the Bulldogs had both games well in hand by the third quarter thanks to Prescott.

“He’s going to get more attention now with his performance, but that’s what we expect from him. In order to keep winning, he’s going to have to keep playing at a very, very high level,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. “I think he handles it well.”

National Defensive Player of the Week: Cole Luke, Notre Dame

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To beat Stanford, Notre Dame would have to find a way to upstage arguably the top defensive team in the country. Cornerback Cole Luke led the way in that effort with two interceptions, a sack and a forced fumble in the 17-14 win over the Cardinal.

National Freshman of the Week: J.T. Barrett, Ohio State

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Reports of the demise of Ohio State’s Big Ten season were premature. Ohio State might not be in the national title hunt without Braxton Miller, but the Big Ten is a feasible goal. Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett completed 18-of-23 passes for 267 yards with four touchdowns in a 52-24 win over Maryland, a team that entered the game in the top 20 of pass efficiency defense. Barrett also rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.

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National Coordinator of the Week: Dave Wommack, Ole Miss

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How does a team beat Alabama with merely 323 yards of offense? A stout defensive effort will do it. Ole Miss shut down Alabama where it works best — in the run game and in the passing game to Amari Cooper — for 23-17 win. Wommack’s defense held Alabama to 3.8 yards per carry and held Cooper to 10.1 yards per catch and no touchdowns in the win.

Conference Players of the Week

ACC: Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson completed 17-of-29 passes for 267 yards with two touchdowns in a 41-0 win over NC State. Watson also rushed for 62 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.

Big 12: TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin completed of 20-of-39 passes for 318 yards in a 37-33 win over Oklahoma. Boykin also rushed for 77 yards on 22 carries.

Big Ten: Michigan State wide receiver Tony Lippett caught three passes for 104 yards with a touchdown. He also rushed for a 32-yard touchdown on a reverse.

Pac-12: Utah defensive end Nate Orchard had four sacks and 11 tackles in a 30-28 win over UCLA.

American: Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch was 18-of-24 for 311 yards with two touchdowns in a 41-14 win over Cincinnati. Lynch also rushed for 45 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.

Conference USA: UAB running back Jordan Howard rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries in a 42-39 win over Western Kentucky.

MAC: Miami quarterback Andrew Hendrix completed 32-of-58 passes for 437 yards with four touchdowns in a 42-41 win over UMass. Hendrix also rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries to end Miami’s 21-game losing streak.

Mountain West: Utah State quarterback Darell Garretson completed 19-of-25 passes for 321 yards with three touchdowns and a rushing TD in a 35-20 win over BYU.

Sun Belt: Arkansas State quarterback Fredi Knighten completed 21-of-36 passes for 284 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in a 28-14 win over ULM. Knighten rushed for 71 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries.