Head Coach of the Week – Oklahoma State
There was no other choice. Not after Oklahoma State swarmed Baylor in every facet of the game, dominating the Bears to a 49-17 final score. Not after the Cowboys made the Bears look – gasp – average.
Oklahoma State jumped on top behind the hot hand of Clint Chelf – who completed 13 of his 14 first half passes and threw for 370 yards and three touchdowns – and then sat on the ball to the tune of 46 rushing attempts to ensure Baylor’s explosive offense never got the chance to explode.
Defensive coordinator Glen Spencer produced perhaps the best game plan of the entire season, using his physically superior defensive front to bottle up Baylor’s ailing running game, and then challenging and fooling Baylor receivers enough to force Bryce Petty into by far the worst game of his stellar season – 359 passing yards on 48 attempts, nearly four full yards below his nation-leading yards per attempt average. An offense that registered a paltry seven three-and-outs in its first nine games was forced into four three-and-outs by Oklahoma State.
Honorable Mention: Gary Pinkel, Missouri; Jeff Monken, Georgia Southern; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona; Todd Graham, Arizona State; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma; Gary Andersen, Wisconsin; Les Miles, LSU; Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati.
Offensive Staff of the Week – Georgia Southern
On the bright side for Florida, its passing defense rating should skyrocket after not allowing a completed pass on Saturday. Jeff Monken’s Georgia Southern team threw just three passes in its 26-20 win over Florida because it brought a rushing attack to Gainesville that FBS’s 15th-ranked rush defense could not solve. The Eagles rushed 54 times for 429 yards (7.9 per carry) and four touchdowns; each of those numbers represents a season-worst for Florida.
For the record, only Savannah State allowed more than the 7.9 yards per carry that the Gators surrendered.
Honorable Mention: Arizona, Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Florida State, Oklahoma, Fresno State, Wyoming, Navy, San Jose State.
Defensive Staff of the Week – LSU
Turns out Johnny Superman has his own kryptonite, and it wears purple and gold. In two games now against LSU, Texas A&M’s all-everything quarterback has thrown one touchdown against five interceptions and produced only 29 total points. Manziel completed less than 40 percent of his throws and, equally important, a Texas A&M running game that averages nearly 200 yards per game was never allowed to get going as the Aggies accumulated only 75 yards on 18 carries.
The most telling statistic? Ranked fifth nationally entering the day on third down, Texas A&M converted only five of its 14 chances against John Chavis’ Bayou Bengals.
Add it all together and you get Texas A&M’s FBS-leading 13-game streak of scoring 40 points or more ending not with a fight, but a resounding whimper.
Honorable Mention: Baylor, Arizona, Missouri, Wisconsin, Duke, Stanford.
Special Teams Impact of the Week – Pittsburgh
Here’s something you don’t see every day – the game winning extra point block. That’s what went down at the Carrier Dome on Saturday. After Syracuse scored on its first possession, the Panthers’ all-everything defensive tackle Aaron Donald blocked the ensuing extra point to keep the score at 6-0. Fast forward about 57 minutes of game action later and you’ve got a final score of Pittsburgh 17, Syracuse 16.