Quarterback: Drew Anderson, Buffalo
Even though the Buffalo Bulls did not come away with a victory against Western Michigan, quarterback Drew Anderson was stellar. Anderson completed 35 of his 61 pass attempts for 597 yards and seven touchdowns, good for a 90.7 QBR. Anderson stepped up to the challenge and kept the Bulls in the game during regulation and all seven overtimes, putting together a very impressive performance.
Running Back: Khalil Tate, Arizona
Khalil Tate put on quite the performance, propelling the Arizona Wildcats to a 45-42 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes. Tate finished with 327 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries, good for an astounding 23.4 yards per carry. Without Tate’s excellent play, the Wildcats would not have come away from this game with the win.
Wide Receiver: Anthony Miller, Memphis
Anthony Miller played remarkably for the Memphis Tigers in their monster 70-31 victory over the Connecticut Huskies. Miller caught 15 balls for 224 yards and a staggeringly high four touchdowns. Look for Miller to continue leading the 4-1 Tigers to more victories and an appearance in a bowl game.
Wide Receiver: Anthony Johnson, Buffalo
Anthony Johnson was Drew Anderson’s favorite and most reliable target in Buffalo’s tough 71-68 loss to the Western Michigan Broncos in seven overtimes. Johnson caught 11 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Bulls stay in the game until the very end.
Tight End: Tyler Conklin, Central Michigan
Tyler Conklin burst onto the scene on Saturday, helping the Central Michigan Chippewas defeat the Ohio Bobcats 26-23. Conklin put on a quality performance and finished the game with ten receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns, as he was responsible for half of the points scored by the Chippewas.
Offensive Line: Ohio State
A large part of Ohio State’s massive 62-14 victory over Maryland was the Buckeyes’ standout offensive line. Behind this stellar group, the Buckeyes compiled 584 total yards of offense and eight offensive touchdowns. Five different Buckeyes scored a rushing touchdown, and J.T. Barrett added three scores through the air as well.
Defensive End: Kenny Willekes, Michigan State
Kenny Willekes put on a show for the Michigan State Spartans in their epic 14-10 upset victory over the Michigan Wolverines. Willekes made a big impact in the game, finishing the contest with nine tackles, two sacks, and three tackles for loss. Willekes successfully kept Michigan quarterback John O’Korn in check and helped propel the Spartans to victory over their in-state rival.
Defensive Tackle: Eurndraus Bryant, NC State
Eurndraus Bryant was a key piece of the Wolfpack’s strong defense and vital to their 39-25 upset victory over the No. 17 ranked Louisville Cardinals. Byant had no problem getting to Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, finishing the day with two tackles and two sacks.
Linebacker: Joe Bachie, Michigan State
Joe Bachie anchored a strong Michigan State defense that came to play in the Spartans’ major 14-10 upset victory over the Michigan Wolverines. Bachie was good for ten tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble, one interception, and one pass defensed, and helped the Spartans emerge victorious in the battle of Michigan.
Cornerback: Christian Campbell, Penn State
Christian Campbell was a big part of a lights-out Penn State defense which held conference rival Northwestern to just seven points all game. Campbell was excellent for the Nittany Lions, finishing the game with four tackles, two passes defensed, and an interception, as Penn State remained undefeated and improved to 6-0.
Safety: David Dowell, Michigan State
Safety David Dowell was another key member of the Michigan State Spartans’ stellar defense in their surprising and unexpected upset victory over the Michigan Wolverines. Dowell anchored the Spartans’ secondary, and controlled John O’Korn all game long. Dowell finished with seven tackles, one pass defensed, and was responsible for two of John O’Korn’s three interceptions.
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