With 35 bowl games involving clashes between different FBS conferences about to go down, you’ve got to figure that amazing individual performances will be coming out of the woodwork before you can say “Yule log.”
And though some of the names that will flash across our collective screens this holiday season will be familiar, others will be as fresh as the summer sausage Uncle Floyd brings in from Hickory Farms.
The following slideshow takes an excruciating look at the bowl matchups and highlights dark-horse stars who will ride out of nowhere to thrill us this bowl-blessed bowl season.
Each of these great athletes will, in their own unique way, cash in on a golden postseason opportunity to become a part of the rich fabric that is the 2012 version of the college football bowl extravaganza.
Though it’s a bus that only actually leads to a real destination one out of 35 times, it’s still a journey worth taking with a cast worth celebrating.
These guys are why we love the game.