Perhaps it only made sense that Alabama hammered Notre Dame for the BCS title, capping off one of the more nondescript bowl seasons in memory. Even so, fans saw some splendid individual performances, highlighted by Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's disposal of the Florida defense. Bridgewater, who will be a junior next season, has an immense skill set as a smooth thrower with deft feet and equal toughness. Alongside the incomparable Johnny Manziel, Bridgewater is already an early favorite for the Heisman Trophy next season.
Here is a look at the top 10 performances worth one more look:
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Manziel's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jordan-schultz/johnny-manziel_b_2413484.html?utm_hp_ref=the-schultz-report">500-plus yards of total offense</a> against Oklahoma capped off a brilliant freshman season for the Heisman winner. Keep in mind that the Aggies play 8 of 12 games next season in College Station.
AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
McCarron once again <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jordan-schultz/alabama-dominates-notre-dame_b_2428987.html?utm_hp_ref=the-schultz-report">executed 'Bama's offensive game plan</a> to utter perfection, completing 20-28 passes for four touchdowns. The redshirt junior can come back next season potentially to win his fourth national title in five seasons.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Bridgewater <a href="https://twitter.com/Schultz_Report/status/286485928116092928">destroyed the vaunted Gator defense</a>, totaling 266 yards passing with two touchdowns and just one interception.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
140 yards and a touchdown later, Eddie Lacy capped off a sensational season in which he averaged over 6 yards per carry for the champion Tide.
Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
One of the nation's premier linebackers, Van Noy -- who will return to BYU for his senior campaign -- helped his team outscore San Diego St. 12-0 in the fourth quarter alone.
Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
Went 36-of-50 for 346 yards and three total touchdowns, as well as orchestrating Clemson's game-winning drive.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Hopkins, just a junior and one of the most explosive wide receivers around, compiled 13 catches for 191 yards and two critical touchdowns during Clemson's upset victory over LSU.
Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
Murray dispelled the perception that he can't win a big game when he shredded a talented Nebraska defense, compiling a career-high 427 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions in the Dawgs' 45-31 victory.
Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina
Sanders, one of the most electric threats in all of college football, had three touchdowns against Michigan, including a scintillating 61-yard punt return.
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
You've seen <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/01/jadeveon-clowney-tackle-vincent-smith_n_2393586.html">"the hit"</a> by now, but Clowney -- the former consensus top-ranked high school player in America -- has been making plays like that all year. His four tackles and two tackles for loss proved enormous for USC in its 33-28 win over Michigan.
Terrance Broadway, QB, Louisiana-Lafayette -- Totaled 316 yards passing and 108 rushing with two touchdowns. Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State -- Williams ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns ... in the fourth quarter alone, during Utah St.'s 41-13 throttling of Toledo.
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