I don't want to start a celebratory post with dour news, but unfortunately, we're running out of opportunities to hand out Players of the Week awards. After this week, there's only one more full week of games left and then the real fun begins with the conference championships, bowl games, and the College Football Playoff.
Still, the regular season is almost gone, and it's a bittersweet feeling.
Oh well, let's enjoy the games we have left, and celebrate those who perform in them.
National Player of the Week
Sefo Liufau, QB, Colorado: Liufau and Colorado hosted Washington State on Saturday in what was easily the biggest college football game played in Boulder in quite a while, and Liufau made sure everybody in black and gold went home happy.
Liufau threw for 345 yards, and though he didn't toss any touchdown passes, he ran for two while finishing with an additional 108 yards rushing.
As a result of Liufau's performance, Colorado remained atop the Pac-12's South Division and kept itself alive for both a Pac-12 title and maybe even a College Football Playoff spot. Who would have thought at the beginning of the season that Colorado could be looking at the Rose Bowl as a consolation prize?
SEC Player of the Week
Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee: On Saturday afternoon, Tennessee and Missouri combined for 100 points, 1,349 yards of offense, 14 touchdowns and two CBS Sports awards.
The first of which goes to Dobbs, who is our SEC Player of the Week. All Dobbs did in this game was throw for 223 yards, run for 190 yards, and account for five of those 14 touchdowns (three passing, two rushing). It was one of Dobbs' best performances of the season, and although Florida's win over LSU earlier in the day eliminated the Vols from the SEC East race, this win kept them alive for a possible New Year's Six bowl.
Freshman Player of the Week
Damarea Crockett, RB, Missouri: The other Player of the Week to emerge from that Tennessee-Missouri shootout is the freshman running back of the Tigers. Although his team didn't come out on top, you could hardly blame Crockett for it, as he went off against the Tennessee defense.
Crockett finished with 225 rushing yards on 24 carries, averaging nearly a full 10 yards per carry, with a touchdown. Practically getting a first down every time you touch the ball ain't bad, especially for a freshman.