Player of the week: Notre Dame

Manti Te'o is the FBS independent defensive player of the week … again.

He is our Notre Dame player of the week … again.

Te'o claimed a fifth independent player of the week trophy this season, and eighth for his career, following an 11-tackle, one-sack, one-pick performance in the Irish's 30-13 win at Oklahoma.

He also had 2.5 tackles for loss, led his team in tackles for the 26th time in his career and notched a double-digit tackle performance for the fourth straight game, sixth time this year and 24th time of his career.

The pick, a diving scoop that was upheld by replay after Dan Fox forced an incompletion, may stand out as a signature moment for this Heisman candidate if he makes it to New York for the ceremony. Te'o has five interceptions on the year, none bigger than the one that helped setup the kiss of death field goal on the Sooners late in the fourth quarter.

Te'o led the Irish to their biggest win of his career, and he is a big reason this team is now in the national title picture with four games to go.

"I think we're on our way," Te'o said afterward of being the best team in the country, "but we still have a lot of work to do."