The FootballScoop Coaches of the Week Awards - Championship Edition
- by Zach Barnett 8 months ago
Head Coach of the Week - Mark Dantonio, Michigan State
This space was supposed to belong to Urban Meyer. After receiving zero Coach of the Week honors through Ohio State's streak of 24 consecutive wins, win No. 25 felt like the right time to finally give the top Buckeye the nod.
Add this to the list of things Dantonio robbed of Meyer.
In beating No. 2 Ohio State 34-24, Dantonio becomes the first Michigan State head coach to take the Spartans to the Rose Bowl since the 1987 season, and the first Spartans coach to ever win 12 games in a season. Dantonio prepared his team like it was the superior squad and the Spartans played that way on Saturday night, jumping out to a 17-0 lead and then closing the game on a 17-0 run after falling into a seven-point hole.
His reward? After spending bowl season in Orlando, Tampa, San Antonio and Tempe, Dantonio will finally get his first taste of Pasadena.
Honorable Mention: Art Briles, Baylor; David Shaw, Stanford; Jimbo Fisher, Florida State; Gus Malzahn, Auburn; George O'Leary, Central Florida; Dave Clawson, Bowling Green; Bob Stoops, Oklahoma.
Offensive Staff of the Week - Auburn
Just the facts here, because that's all that's really necessary. Auburn set an SEC championship record with 59 points, 677 yards of total offense and 545 rushing yards. The Tigers rushed 74 times, averaged 7.4 yards a pop, and scored seven touchdowns on the ground. Tre Mason smashed SEC Championship records with 46 carries for 304 yards and four touchdowns. Nick Marshall added 101 yards and a score on 16 carries, plus an ultra-efficient 9-of-11 passing for 132 yards and another touchdown.
Gus Malzahn and company have to wish they could get their shot at Florida State right now, because this machine is running on every single cylinder it has.
Honorable Mention: Bowling Green, Stanford, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Florida State, Bowling Green.
Defensive Staff of the Week - Michigan State
Want to know the most famous elevator ride in Michigan State football history? The one defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi took from the press box to the field on Saturday night. When things got tight for the Spartans, falling behind 24-17 after staking a 17-0 lead to open the game, Narduzzi reportedly hopped in an elevator to provide face-to-face expertise to his players.
Michigan State shutout the Buckeyes over the final frame, holding Ohio State to 46 yards on 17 plays over its final four possessions. Those possessions ended in two punts and two turnovers on downs. Ohio State's second-ranked rushing attack got its yards - rushing 40 times for 273 yards and two touchdowns - but Michigan State arrested the Buckeyes' passing game all night, holding Braxton Miller to 8-of-21 passing for just 101 yards.
Honorable Mention: Stanford, Florida State, Oklahoma, Baylor, Bowling Green, SMU.
Special Teams Staff of the Week - Auburn
The Kick Six magic continued to Atlanta, as Auburn successfully executed an onside kick and downed all three of its punts inside the Missouri 10-yard line. After the game this unit had a week ago, this is clearly the most charmed unit on the most charmed team in college football.