Week 11 of the 2017 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the Pac-12. The weekend action started on Friday night, as Stanford upset Washington to take control of the Pac-12 North. The Cardinal need to beat rival California on Nov. 18 to clinch a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game. While the North Division title is unsettled, the South Division was decided on Saturday, as USC knocked off Colorado to book a trip to the Pac-12 title game. Additionally, Washington State beat Utah, UCLA kept its bowl hopes alive with a win over Arizona State, and Khalil Tate continued to impress in Arizona's win over Oregon State.
With the 11th 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 from the Pac-12. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, team, freshman and unsung hero from Week 11:
Pac-12 Week 11 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
Love wasn’t quite 100 percent due to an ankle injury, but the Heisman candidate was healthy enough to carry the Stanford ground attack against a tough Washington defense. Love recorded 166 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries and added a catch for 12 yards.
Defensive Player of the Week: Hercules Mata’afa, DL, Washington State
Mata’afa dominated the Utah offensive line in Saturday’s win in Salt Lake City. He recorded eight tackles (five for a loss), three sacks and forced a fumble.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Jedd Fisch, UCLA
UCLA kept its bowl hopes alive with a 44-37 victory over Arizona State. Behind Fisch’s play-calling, the Bruins recorded 573 total yards (7.3 per play) and scored 24 points in the second half to hold off the Sun Devils.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Lance Anderson, Stanford
Stanford’s defense allowed 177 yards to Washington over the first two drives, but this unit put the clamps on the Huskies the rest of the way. Anderson’s group allowed only 148 yards over the next eight drives, recorded two sacks and eight tackles for a loss and forced two turnovers. Additionally, Washington converted only two third-down attempts and was stopped on fourth down with just over a minute remaining to secure the victory.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): K.J. Costello, QB, Stanford
Costello completed 16 of 27 throws for 211 yards and added 26 rushing yards on five carries in Friday night’s win over Washington.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Colin Schooler, LB, Arizona
Schooler recorded six tackles (three for a loss), one pass breakup and two sacks in Saturday night’s 49-28 win over Oregon State.
Team of the Week: Stanford
Thanks to Friday night’s win over Washington, the Cardinal are on the doorstep of another Pac-12 North title. Stanford dominated at the point of attack, clearing the way for running back Bryce Love to accumulate 166 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries. Quarterback K.J. Costello made just enough throws to keep the Washington defense off balance, and the line only allowed one sack. When the Huskies had the ball, Stanford tightened up on defense after giving up scores on their first two drives. The Cardinal also did not allow a play longer than 35 yards and completely shut down the Huskies’ ground game in the final two quarters.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford
Okereke was a strong candidate for defensive player of the week honors, so let’s give him a tip of a cap in this section. He recorded 10 tackles (four for a loss), two sacks and a forced fumble against Washington.