Friday, November 16, 2018

Amway Coach's Call of the Week: Vote for the decision of the weekend

Published 11:33 p.m. ET Nov. 10, 2018 | Updated 11:34 p.m. ET Nov. 10, 2018


Can Alabama stay undefeated? Who will emerge as contenders for the College Football Playoff? Week 11 in college football answers these questions and much more.

Coaches make dozens of decisions in every game. Most of them aren’t that noticeable. Some of them very much are.

Some can change a game. Some are just thrilling to watch.

Each week this season, USA TODAY Sports will select four calls from across the nation that we think rank among the best for the Amway Coach’s Call of the Week. 

We let you, the fans, decide which call from the four below had the most impact. 

Initial voting ends on Monday at 4 p.m. A winner between the two finalists will be decided on Facebook.

This week’s nominees:

Dave Clawson, Wake Forest

As an underdog, you play for the win in regulation. That’s exactly what Clawson did. The Demon Deacons were driving for a game-tying field goal at No. 22 North Carolina State. They would be in comfortable range with only a few yards. But instead of playing conservative – even with their backup quarterback – Wake Forest decided to throw.

A perfectly called route to the tight end over the middle took advantage of the blitzing Wolfpack defense. The result was the game-winning score.

Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. 

Tennessee was ahead 10-0 with a minute left in the second quarter and could have taken that lead into the locker room. Pruitt had other ideas with the ball on his own 28.

A pass from Jarrett Guarantano to Marquez Callaway put the Volunteers in position for a Hail Mary on the final play of the half. The result was spectacular.

Kirby Smart, Georgia

Another decision at the end of the first half paid dividends for an SEC school. The Bulldogs, leading 13-10, were facing fourth-and-3 from the Auburn 38 with 21 seconds left in the half. Rodrigo Blankenship has the leg to make a long field goal and increase their advantage.

Instead, Smart decided to go for it. A perfect crossing route from Jake Fromm to Terry Godwin resulted in a valuable touchdown going into halftime, and the Bulldogs cruised to victory.

Dabo Swinney, Clemson

Settling for a field goal is not something you do as the No. 2 team in the country.

Facing fourth-and-goal from the Boston College 2, Swinney decided he wanted to take the lead on the Eagles with his team down 7-3 in the second quarter.

A perfectly executed play-action pass to Milan Richard did just that. And the Tigers never trailed again.