So much attention has been dedicated to four-team playoff and the unique scouting opportunity in the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl, but the three bowl games earlier on New Year's Day were hardly just appetizers. There were several standout performances from NFL draft prospects in the Outback Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Citrus Bowl.
Cody Kessler is staking his claim as the No. 3 draft-eligible quarterback in the country. Wideout Nelson Agholor and defensive lineman Leonard Williams also starred for the Trojans, who outlasted the Bears 38-30.