Every Monday, we will highlight the best and brightest performances from the weekend with the CBSSports.com Players of the Week. The honors will run through the end of the regular season right up until the CBS Sports All-America Team announcement on Dec. 17.
Offensive Player of the Week:
Consider this honor somewhat shared with Aggies wide receiver Mike Evans, who added 7 catches for 279 yards in a dominant performance against the Tide secondary, but the Aggies aren't pushing the No. 1 team to the brink without Johnny Football under center. Manziel's 562 total yards (career-best 464 passing, 98 rushing) is the second-most in SEC history, and he did it against one of the most well-respected defenses in all of college football.
Manziel made two significant mistakes along the way, but his offensive performance was tops in the country. Once again, Manziel drove the Tide defense crazy by extending plays with his schoolyard style and connecting with receivers (like Evans) down the field. His performance was so impressive, Dennis Dodd said the Heisman Trophy winner is set to make a run for two in a row.
The Bruins comeback victory against Nebraska on the road does not occur if not for a defensive shutdown to pair with the Brett Hundley-led offensive attack. Nebraska's offense was held to just 130 total yards int he second half, as Nebraska climbed in front of and away from the Corhuskers in the 41-21 win. Anthony Barr recorded 11 tackles (seven solo) for forced three fumbles in the win, as the defense allowed UCLA to run off 38 unanswered points to close the game. NFL scouts have been buzzing about Barr's potential at the next level, and the senior linebacker put an impressive game on tape this weekend.
One of the best place-kickers in the country was on his game Saturday, connecting on all three field goal attempts in Rice's 23-14 win over Kansas. The Owls senior kicker connected from 28 and 40 yards before drilling the go-ahead score from 56 yards out in the fourth quarter. It's the longest field goal of the season to date in all of FBS, but just shy of Boswell's career-high (57 yards) from 2012.
Bret Bielema has been the head coach at Arkansas for just three games, but the Razorbacks already lead the SEC in rushing attempts (53.3) and rushing yards (294.3) per game. A friendly schedule has helped the shift in offensive philosophy, but so has the emergence of true freshman running back Alex Collins. The five-star running back from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. became the first true freshman running back in SEC history to rush over 100 yards in each of his first three games thanks to another solid performance against Southern Miss. Collins had 115 yards and 1 touchdown on 25 carries in the 24-3 win for the 3-0 Razorbacks.