Sometimes too much is made by the performances of prospects during bowl season, as if that one game means more than any in the regular season. But bowl games present a unique opportunity to evaluate prospects in an unfamiliar setting against a formidable opponent.
There will be four playoff teams, and there are five power conferences. Without a conference title game (and its strength-of-schedule bump), the Big 12 begins this new era at a disadvantage.
Florida State brings back an NFL-caliber QB and likely takes minimal hits in the early NFL departure department. So the national champs start out (and likely finish?) No. 1.
Baylor claimed the Big 12 title on the last day of the season and now will face UCF in a battle of BCS newcomers in Glendale.
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty will return to Waco for his senior season in 2014.
Know the top NFL prospects to watch this weekend in the pivotal matchups on the college football landscape
Heisman voters may feel uncomfortable selecting Jameis Winston for off-field reasons. Good news for Winston is there aren't many other options.
Lessons from Week 13? AJ McCarron belongs in the Heisman discussion. Ditto for Andre Williams and Kadeem Carey. And it's time to get rid of November cupcakes.
The Iron Bowl heads BCS implications as the national-title clears -- slightly. But don't forget the Big Ten (um, Ohio State), Big 12 and even the ACC.
Oklahoma State's defense and chilly currents short-circuit Baylor's high-profile offense. But does the big win make Mike Gundy a target for the USCs and Texases of the world?

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