Week 13 of the 2017 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the SEC. Auburn scored the weekend's biggest victory by defeating rival Alabama 26-14 in the Iron Bowl. The win over the Crimson Tide secured a spot in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia for coach Gus Malzahn's team. The weekend action also included Ole Miss winning the Egg Bowl rivalry versus Mississippi State, Missouri's victory over Arkansas and Louisville beating Kentucky. Additionally, Georgia, LSU and Vanderbilt each picked up wins by more than 15 points in Week 13 action.
With the 13th 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 SEC. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, team, freshman and unsung hero from Week 13:
SEC Week 13 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
Stidham led the way for Auburn’s offense in Saturday’s win over Alabama. The sophomore completed 21 of 28 for 237 yards and rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown.
Defensive Player of the Week: Breeland Speaks, DL, Ole Miss
Ole Miss capped its 2017 season by claiming the Egg Bowl trophy in Starkville on Thanksgiving night. Speaks was a key cog in Ole Miss’ defensive effort, recording 12 tackles (1.5 for a loss), one sack and posting a fumble recovery.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Chip Lindsey, Auburn
Lindsey and coach Gus Malzahn outcoached Alabama in Saturday’s Iron Bowl win. The Tigers scored 26 points (the most allowed by the Crimson Tide in 2017) and recorded 408 total yards on 78 snaps. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham was efficient (21 of 28 for 237 yards), connected on a few throws downfield and also picked up 51 yards on the ground. Another key stat: Auburn scored on its first three drives after halftime, which proved to be more than enough to knock off the Crimson Tide.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Mel Tucker, Georgia
Georgia’s defense dominated Georgia Tech’s flexbone attack on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs limited the Yellow Jackets to just 226 total yards and seven points, with the rushing attack limited to 188 yards on 46 carries (4.1 per carry). Tucker’s defense also forced one turnover and pitched a shutout in the second half.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
Fromm completed 12 of 16 throws for 224 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s win over Georgia Tech.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Nick Coe, DL, Auburn
Coe was part of a relentless Auburn defensive front that controlled the line of scrimmage in Saturday’s win over Auburn. The freshman recorded five tackles (one for a loss), one sack and one quarterback hurry.
Team of the Week: Auburn
After a loss to LSU in mid-October, Auburn faced long odds to get back into consideration for the CFB Playoff. However, the Tigers have been a different team since that game, and coach Gus Malzahn’s program is just one win away from the CFB Playoff. Auburn knocked off Alabama 26-14 in the Iron Bowl to claim the SEC West title and a trip to the conference championship in Atlanta. The Tigers posted 408 total yards against one of college football’s top defenses, as quarterback Jarrett Stidham completed 21 of 28 passes, and running back Kerryon Johnson posted 104 yards on 30 carries. Auburn’s defense never allowed Alabama’s offense to find its rhythm, limiting the Crimson Tide to 314 total yards and just 3 of 11 on third downs.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Kyle Shurmur, QB, Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt earned its first SEC win of 2017 by defeating Tennessee in Knoxville. Shurmur was instrumental in the road victory, completing 20 of 31 throws for 283 yards and four touchdowns.