Any college coach will confess that one of the greatest parts about qualifying for any bowl game is the extra practice allowed under NCAA rules. When a team qualifies for the postseason the young players on the squad are afforded extra weeks' worth of work that can be hugely beneficial before spring practice and the next season.
Young teams especially benefit and often create huge momentum for the following season. Successful bowls often lead to higher preseason rankings the next season and create buzz and confidence for a program.
Here are 10 teams that will use their 2011 bowl game to gain momentum for the 2012 season.