The bowl season always seems to turn up some unexpected heroes, and this year should be no different. The Pac-12 has already played in one bowl game, and what a game it was, with Arizona making a miraculous comeback and beating Nevada 49-48.
Arizona quarterback Matt Scott was named Offensive MVP while linebacker Marquis Flowers was named Defensive MVP.
But what about the rest of the Pac-12's bowls? Who will be named MVP in each bowl?
We have some suggestions.
Washington has one of the best tight ends in the country in Austin Seferian-Jenkins, so he's my selection for Offensive MVP.
Cornerback Desmond Trufant will be busy in the secondary, so if he can keep making outstanding plays defending the pass, he looks like the Defensive MVP.
Running back Johnathan Franklin, aka The Mayor, has had a great season, and I think he'll have a banner day against Baylor's defense. Tight end Joseph Fauria also will have a huge impact in the game. Either one will win the Offensive MVP.
Defensively, safety Tevin McDonald will be tested against Baylor's prolific passing attack, so if he can keep Terrance Williams under 75 receiving yards, that's a good day. Bruins defensive end Datone Jones could also be a major disruption with his pass rush.
Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton is such an outstanding player, but playing in the tackle spot may cause people to overlook his huge impact on the game.
If Sutton gets a couple of sacks and 10 tackles, circle him for Defensive MVP.
Offensively, quarterback Taylor Kelly's arm could be the difference-maker against Navy's defense.
Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion and receivers Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton are all top contenders for the Offensive MVP. It's difficult to pick between the three, but I'll go with Wheaton.
Defensive end Scott Crichton should be in the Longhorn backfield all day—I have him down for a few sacks.
Receiver Marqise Lee won the Biletnikoff Award, so chances are he'll have a big day against Georgia Tech's secondary.
Defensively, I have a toss-up between Morgan Breslin and Leonard Williams. The two defensive ends are busy in the trenches with outstanding spin moves, and they will have some sacks by the time the game is over.
Stanford has so many weapons on offense, but the two with the biggest impact are running back Stepfan Taylor and tight end Zach Ertz.
I do think it will be difficult to run against Wisconsin, so Ertz may have the better stats of the two.
Linebacker Chase Thomas is a beast, and should win Defensive MVP.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota flew a little under the radar since so many of Oregon's games were played late.
That's OK though, because he'll be a household name when the Fiesta Bowl is over. So will running back Kenjon Barner. Pick one of the two and put his name on the Offensive MVP trophy.
Defensively, cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu will be tested by Collin Klein's arm. If the Oregon beats Kansas State, defense will be a large portion of the reason.