The state of Oklahoma seems to be the center of the college football universe right now. While the Oklahoma Sooners are getting plenty of attention after beating Ohio State last weekend, Oklahoma State is also tearing it up in 2017.
And a big reason why is Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph, who has led Oklahoma State to a 3-0 start to the season. Not only are the Cowboys winning, but they're blowing their opponents out, winning each game by an average of 36.7 points per game.
National Player of the Week
Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State: Last week, the Pittsburgh defense made life tough for the Penn State offense, and there was some thought that the Panthers could slow down the Oklahoma State offense this week. Nope.
The Cowboys blew up for 59 points to blow out the Panthers on Saturday, and Rudolph led the way. Rudolph finished the game with 497 yards and five touchdowns. The performance gives him 1,135 yards passing and 11 touchdowns already this season, which puts Rudolph firmly in the early season Heisman conversation.
SEC Player of the Week
Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State: There was some debate between Fitzgerald and Alabama's Jalen Hurts this week, but while Hurts may have had the better overall numbers, Fitzgerald was leading his team to a huge 30-point win over LSU. Fitzgerald threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another 88 yards and two more touchdowns as the Bulldogs dominated LSU 37-7. I guess the Bulldogs don't miss Dak Prescott as much as we all assumed they would.
Freshman of the Week
Josh Jackson, QB, Virginia Tech: Things were looking iffy for the Hokies early on Saturday. They fell behind East Carolina 17-7 after the first quarter and were in danger of being upset, but then the second quarter started, and the universe righted itself. That's when Jackson and the Hokies reeled off 57 unanswered points to pick up a 64-17 win. Jackson finished with 372 passing yards and five touchdowns, and it looks like he has a bright future in Blacksburg, Virginia.
SEC Scholar Athletes
Trevor Daniel, P, Tennessee: The Vols' punter and recreation and sports management major was a member of the 2016 SEC Academic Honor Roll as well as a Vol Scholar (which is given to players with a GPA above 3.0). While doing well in the classroom, Daniel has performed on the field too. He was the Ray Guy National Punter of the Week in Week 1, and his 45.3 yards per punt average is the best in Tennessee history.
Johnny Townsend, P, Florida: Townsend has already earned his undergraduate degree from Florida, as the telecommunication major graduated in spring of 2017. He's now pursuing a master's of science in management and has a GPA of 3.21. He's a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and has done a lot of charity work in Gainesville. He's worked at the Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity and the Florida Shands Cancer Hospital.