CBSSports.com Players of the Week (Nov. 17): Gordon makes history

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 in December. You can fill out a ballot and submit your All-America team now, and anytime during the season leading up to the official announcement.

Offensive Player of the Week: Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon

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Melvin Gordon set an FBS rushing record in just three quarters. (USATSI)

No one rushed for more than 300 yards in a game all season, but it happened three times on Saturday. Unfortunately for Western Kentucky's Leon Allen (345 yards, three touchdowns) and Indiana's Tevin Coleman (307 yards, one touchdowns), their performances won't top Melvin Gordon's record-breaking day against Nebrsaka. Gordon set a new FBS single-game record with 408 rushing yards, and did it in just three quarters as the Badgers climbed back from an early 17-3 deficit and rolled in a 59-24 win.

Defensive Player of the Week: Utah defensive end Nate Orchard

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Nate Orchard leads the country with 16.5 sacks. (USATSI)

Orchard gets extra attention from opposing offensive lines, as he did against Stanford on Saturday, and still finds ways to get to the quarterback. Utah's star defensive lineman recorded 3.5 sacks in the overtime win at Stanford. Orchard set a new single-season school record and now leads the country with 16.5 sacks on the season. After two straight losses, Utah entered the Saturday's game against Stanford as a touchdown underdog. The Utes need a lot of help to win the Pac-12 South, but Saturday's win and previous victories over UCLA and USC have Kyle Whittingham's squad still in the hunt with Arizona coming to Salt Lake City in Week 13. 

Specialist of the Week: Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo

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Roberto Aguayo hit field goals from 43, 37 and 53 yards against Miami. (USATSI)

There are a lot of players and coaches who deserve credit for Florida State's 26-game winning streak, but the comeback win against Miami highlighted how valuable Roberto Aguayo has been to the Seminoles over the past two seasons. Aguayo was perfect on kicks from 43, 37 and 53 yards as FSU trailed for three and a half quarters before escaping Sun Life Stadium with a 30-26 win. The Lou Groza winner from 2013 is now 19-for-20 on the season kicking field goals and a perfect 44-for-44 on extra points. In a season when so many games have been decided by missed kicks, that kind of consistency is something most coaches would kill for right now.

Freshman of the Week: Georgia running back Nick Chubb

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Nick Chubb has over 1,000 rushing yards on the season. (USATSI)

Yes, we know Chubb has won this award three times in the last five weeks. But can you blame us? Chubb ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns on just 19 carries in the win against Auburn. The freshman now has 1,039 yards on the season and has run for at least 140 yards in every game since Todd Gurley's suspension. 

Chubb is putting together a strong case for the most outstanding freshman in college football this season. While Todd Gurley was suspended, Chubb was a productive placeholder. Now that Gurley has been ruled out for the year with a knee injury, Georgia fans hope Chubb can continue his run of 100-yard performances as the Bulldogs eye a shot at the SEC title. Missouri still has the edge on a trip to Atlanta, but one loss knocks the Tigers out and puts adds another game to Chubb's outstanding SEC debut. 

Previous CBSSports.com Players of the Week

Nov. 10: Kyle Allen, Gerod Holliman, Isaiah McKenzie, J.T. Barrett

Nov. 3: Matt Jones, Kelvin Taylor, Praise Martin-Oguike, Jake Elliott, Jarvion Franklin

Oct. 27: Trevone Boykin, Stephone Anthony, Scott Secor, Dravon Henry

Oct. 20: Devontae Booker, Shaq Riddick, Marcus Murphy, Nick Chubb

Oct. 13: Bryce Petty, Terrance Plummer, Josh Lambert, Nick Chubb

Oct. 6: Dak Prescott, Godwin Igwebuike, Trevor Davis, Jalen Tabor

Sept. 29: Jared Goff, Tony Conner, Ishmael Adams, Deshaun Watson

Sept. 22: Amari Cooper, Zeek Bigger, Andy Phillips, Semaje Perine

Sept. 15: Shane Carden, Shaq Thompson, Cole Netten, Shaun Wilson

Sept. 8Marcus Mariota, Leonard Williams, Trevor Moore, KD Cannon

Sept. 1Todd Gurley, Eric Kendricks, Kaelin Clay, Marlon Mack


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