In the bowl season, unknown players become famous, and good players become great with big performances.
This year, a few combinations of talented stars facing poor defenses could lead to some huge days.
While there will be a bunch of noteworthy games, the men in this group are the most likely to explode offensively in their bowl games.
Stefphon Jefferson, RB, Nevada
The very first bowl game of the year will feature two of the best running backs in the country who no one knows about.
Stefphon Jefferson of Nevada and Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona will face off in the Gildon New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 15.
Both running backs topped 1,700 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns this season, and they are the major reason their team reached this stage.
However, Arizona has one of the worst defenses in the nation, allowing 486 total yards per game.
Jefferson could end up rushing for over 200 yards in a winning effort for Nevada.
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
If you are a quarterback in college football, nothing could make you happier than seeing West Virginia on the schedule.
Ryan Nassib and Syracuse get a chance to take on the Mountaineers in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
The West Virginia defense has been torched by quarterbacks all season long. Overall, the team is ranked 116th in the nation with 38.1 points allowed. This was greatly improved in the last game against the offensively challenged Kansas.
Nassib is in the top 10 in the country in passing yards and topped 300 yards in six games. He should make it seven in the bowl game.
Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
When Stanford shut down Johnathan Franklin on the last day of the regular season, the running back came back with one of his best showings in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
He rushed for 194 yards and two touchdowns in a losing effort against one of the top defenses in the country.
In the next game, Franklin will get a chance to face one of the worst defenses. Baylor is one of two teams that allow over 500 total yards per game.
This combination could lead to an MVP performance in the Holiday Bowl.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Kansas State had a solid defense throughout the year, but the last few games have shown that there are a few holes on that side of the ball.
Baylor rushed for 342 yards and five touchdown against the Wildcats, while Case McCoy tossed 314 passing yards for Texas.
Marcus Mariota can take advantage of both of these things. He was one of the more underrated players in the country as a freshman for one of the best scoring offenses in the nation.
The Hawaiian threw for 2,511 yards and rushed for 690 this year. If things go well, he might be able to overshadow teammate Kenjon Barner and opposing quarterback Collin Klein in the Fiesta Bowl
Note: All times are ET and p.m. unless noted otherwise. All games (except for the Sun Bowl and Cotton Bowl) can be streamed live at WatchESPN.
|Bowl||Team 1||Team 2||Stadium: Location||Date: Time||TV|
|New Mexico||Nevada||Arizona||University Stadium: Albuquerque, NM||12/15: 1:00||ESPN|
|Famous Idaho Potato||Toledo||Utah State||Bronco Stadium: Boise, ID||12/15: 4:30||ESPN|
|Poinsettia||BYU||San Diego State||Qualcomm Stadium: San Diego, CA||12/20: 8:00||ESPN|
|Beef 'O' Brady's||Ball State||UCF||Tropicana Field: St. Petersburg, FL||12/21: 7:30||ESPN|
|New Orleans||East Carolina||Louisiana-Lafayette||Superdome: New Orleans, LA||12/22: Noon||ESPN|
|Las Vegas||Boise State||Washington||Sam Boyd Stadium: Las Vegas, NV||12/22: 3:30||ESPN|
|Hawaii||SMU||Fresno State||Aloha Stadium: Honolulu, HI||12/24: 8:00||ESPN|
|Little Caesars||Central Michigan||Western Kentucky||Ford Field: Detroit, MI||12/26: 7:30||ESPN|
|Military||Bowling Green||San Jose State||RFK Stadium: Washington, DC||12/27: 3:00||ESPN|
|Belk||Duke||Cincinnati||Bank of America Stadium: Charlotte, NC||12/27: 6:30||ESPN|
|Holiday||Baylor||UCLA||Qualcomm Stadium: San Diego, CA||12/27: 9:45||ESPN|
|Independence||Lousiana-Monroe||Ohio||Independence Stadium: Shreveport, LA||12/28: 2:00||ESPN|
|Russell Athletic||Virginia Tech||Rutgers||Florida Citrus Bowl: Orlando, FL||12/28: 5:30||ESPN|
|Meineke Car Care||Minnesota||Texas Tech||Reliant Stadium: Houston, TX||12/28: 9:00||ESPN|
|Armed Forces||Rice||Air Force||Amon G. Carter Stadium: Fort Worth, TX||12/29: 11:45 a.m.||ESPN|
|Pinstripe||Syracuse||West Virginia||Yankee Stadium: Bronx, NY||12/29: 3:15||ESPN|
|Kraft||Navy||Arizona State||AT&T Park: San Francisco, CA||12/29: 4:00||ESPN2|
|Alamo||Texas||Oregon State||Alamodome: San Antonio, TX||12/29: 6:45||ESPN|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||TCU||Michigan State||Sun Devil Stadium: Tempe, AZ||12/29: 10:15||ESPN|
|Music City||NC State||Vanderbilt||LP Field: Nashville, TN||12/31: Noon||ESPN|
|Sun||Georgia Tech||USC||Sun Bowl: El Paso, TX||12/31: 2:00||CBS|
|Liberty||Tulsa||Iowa State||Liberty Bowl: Memphis, TN||12/31: 3:30||ESPN|
|Chick-fil-A||Clemson||LSU||Georgia Dome: Atlanta, GA||12/31: 7:30||ESPN|
|Gator||Northwestern||Mississippi State||Everbank Field: Jacksonville, FL||1/1: Noon||ESPN2|
|Heart of Dallas||Oklahoma State||Purdue||Cotton Bowl: Dallas, TX||1/1: Noon||ESPNU|
|Outback||Michigan||South Carolina||Raymond James Stadium: Tampa, FL||1/1: 1:00||ESPN|
|Nebraska||Georgia||Florida Citrus Bowl: Orlando, FL||1/1: 1:00||ABC|
|Rose||Stanford||Wisconsin||Rose Bowl: Pasadena, CA||1/1: 5:00||ESPN|
|Orange||Northern Illinois||Florida State||Sun Life Stadium: Miami, FL||1/1: 8:30||ESPN|
|Sugar||Florida||Louisville||Superdome: New Orleans, LA||1/2: 8:30||ESPN|
|Fiesta||Oregon||Kansas State||U. of Phoenix Stadium: Glendale, AZ||1/3: 8:30||ESPN|
|Cotton||Oklahoma||Texas A&M||Cowboys Stadium: Arlington, TX||1/4: 8:00||FOX|
|Compass||Pittsburgh||Ole Miss||Legion Field: Birmingham, AL||1/5: 1:00||ESPN|
|GoDaddy.com||Kent State||Arkansas State||Ladd-Peebles Stadium: Mobile, AL||1/6: 9:00||ESPN|
|BCS National Championship||Notre Dame||Alabama||Sun Life Stadium: Miami, FL||1/7: 8:30||ESPN|
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