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Week 13 College Football Players of the Week: A fitting finale to an amazing regular season

Rivalry Week in college football did not disappoint, and our Week 13 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week put on a show.

Rivalry Week didn’t disappoint. In fact, it provided the opposite. Michigan stunned Ohio State, uniforms were elite, and the highlight reel plays were everywhere. It was a phenomenal way to end the college football regular season, and our Offensive and Defensive College Football Players of the Week did not disappoint.

College Football Offensive Players of the Week | Week 13

Rivalry Week produced several great games and also featured plenty of great individual performances. Let’s honor the best of the best on offense.

QB Jake Haener, Fresno State

Jake Haener’s emergence in the 2021 season put Fresno State on the map, and he ended his regular season with a great performance. The Bulldogs put on a clinic against former Mountain West champion San Jose State, and it was thanks in large part to Haener. The Bulldogs quarterback threw for 343 yards and 4 touchdowns to lead the offense.

QB Logan Bonner, Utah State

Utah State entered the season with a 1.1% chance to win the Mountain West Conference. Now, with that vaunted passing attack, they have a chance to make good on anyone that bet on them. Blake Anderson deserves plenty of attention for Coach of the Year — his influence on Utah State has them in a spot no one thought they’d be. One thing he did to help that was bring Logan Bonner with him.

Bonner, the Arkansas State transfer, took over the starting job and didn’t look back. He put the Aggies into the conference championship with a 312-yard, 5-touchdown performance this weekend. He only needed 16 completions to do the damage, too.

RB Breece Hall, Iowa State

Iowa State’s season hasn’t gone how they thought, but their running back bucked that trend. Breece Hall continues to be the lone bright spot for the Cyclones, and he broke a record this weekend. He now holds the NCAA record for most consecutive games with a touchdown thanks to his 242-yard, 3-touchdown performance against TCU.

RB Hassan Haskins, Michigan

Jim Harbaugh takes a big sigh of relief because the biggest pressure of coaching Michigan is off his back. Hassan Haskins and the offense put on a clinic this weekend against Ohio State in a monster win that put them in the playoff conversation. The Wolverines running back rushed for 169 yards and a career-high 5 touchdowns to give Michigan a 42-27 win over the Buckeyes.

WR Skyy Moore, Western Michigan

Part of the beauty of MACtion this year has been the highlight-reel performances. Skyy Moore and Western Michigan can do exactly that, and they did this week. Moore caught 12 passes, turning them into 206 yards and 4 touchdowns. One-third of his catches were touchdowns, and the Broncos coasted to a win over Northern Illinois.

College Football Defensive Players of the Week | Week 13

A few playoff teams saw their defenses step up, and they needed everything their players gave them. Let’s honor the best of the best on defense.

DE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan

Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games, and Aidan Hutchinson got the memo. Michigan upset Ohio State thanks to a great rushing attack, but also because they were in C.J. Stroud’s ear all day.

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Hutchinson finished with 7 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and a quarterback hurry to lead the Wolverines’ defense.

DE D’Anthony Jones, Houston

If you don’t know D’Anthony Jones’ name now, get used to it. As a backup for an elite Houston defensive line, Jones hasn’t gotten the reps that most of his teammates get. Still, he makes the most of his opportunities. In the Cougars’ win over UConn, Jones produced 3 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 quarterback hurry. Again, get to know his name now before it’s too late.

DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon

Oregon notched its 10th win this weekend against Oregon State, and Kayvon Thibodeaux once again played a big role. Chance Nolan never felt comfortable all game thanks to the Ducks’ star defensive end. He finished with 5 tackles (1 for loss) and 3 quarterback hurries to lead the Oregon defense.

LB Ivan Pace Jr., Miami-OH

Ivan Pace Jr. and the Redhawks came up a point short in an overtime loss to Kent State, but Miami’s linebacker did everything he could to avoid it. He led the team in tackles (13) and tackles for loss (4), but it wasn’t quite enough to help them beat the Golden Flashes. MACtion continues to thrill us, as this one ended 48-47.

DE Micheal Clemons, Texas A&M

It’s too bad the Aggies couldn’t clone Micheal Clemons on Saturday — they might have pulled out a win. Texas A&M’s defensive line has been a nightmare to block every week, and they did so again this weekend. Clemons led the team with 3.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.

CB Woodi Washington, Oklahoma

The Sooners saw its Big 12 Championship and College Football Playoff hopes dashed this weekend, but Bedlam was worth the price of admission. Woodi Washington and the defense did what it could against Oklahoma State, but it wasn’t quite enough. The Sooners cornerback picked off Spencer Sanders twice, but Oklahoma couldn’t do much with either turnover.

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