The dust has settled, bowl season is (finally) over, and we have a new champ: LSU.
But there’s a lot more to the college football postseason than the playoff and the title game. There are 40 bowls that provide endless entertainment and tons of fantastic performances. We highlight some of the best from bowl season with our 2019-20 All-Bowl Team:
RB: Journey Brown, Penn State: The Nittany Lions were able to run at will in the Cotton Bowl, and Brown led that effort, with a whopping 202 rushing yards and two touchdowns, averaging 12.6 yards per rush.
WR: Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase, LSU: We can’t pick just one of this LSU duo. Both were fantastic. Jefferson had four touchdowns in the semifinal win over Oklahoma, and Chase had a whopping 221 receiving yards and two scores in the championship win over Clemson.
WR: Jerry Jeudy, Alabama: The junior saved his best for last, recording a career-high 204 receiving yards on six catches (including a score) in his final game for the Crimson Tide, a win over Michigan in the Citrus Bowl.
OL: Samuel Cosmi, Texas: In the Alamo Bowl, Cosmi and the Longhorns’ O-line put together a solid performance, averaging 6 yards per rush and compiling 438 total yards against a usually stingy Utah defense.
OL: Wyatt Davis, Ohio State: The right guard was outstanding, helping pave the way for 196 rushing yards and 5 yards per carry — both the most Clemson allowed this season — in the Fiesta Bowl.
AP: Lynn Bowden Jr., Kentucky: The receiver-turned-quarterback and Hornung Award winner broke Johnny Manziel’s bowl game record for quarterback rushing yards, with 233, and threw the winning touchdown pass to lift the Wildcats over Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl.
LB: Patrick Queen, LSU: The speedy junior led the Tigers in tackles in both playoff games, combining for 16, four tackles for loss and a half-sack. He was the title game’s Defensive MVP.
LB: Joseph Ossai, Texas: The sophomore was virtually unstoppable in the Longhorns’ Alamo Bowl win over Utah, racking up 9 tackles, 3 sacks and 6 tackles for loss.
LB: Micah Parsons, Penn State: The Butkus Award finalist wrecked Memphis in the Cotton Bowl, compiling 14 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 2 pass breakups and a quarterback hurry that led to a Penn State interception return for a touchdown.
LB: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame: The sophomore was everywhere in the Camping World Bowl, tallying 9 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a quarterback hurry.
CB: Jeff Okudah, Ohio State: The junior more than held his own against Clemson’s stellar receivers (none of them had more than 47 yards), broke up two passes and had five tackles (four solo) in the Fiesta Bowl.
CB: Elijah Molden, Washington: The junior allowed a 0.0 passer rating when targeted in the Las Vegas Bowl, according to Pro Football Focus. He also had nine tackles and a forced fumble, and he returned an interception 31 yards to set up a Huskies touchdown.
CB: Derek Stingley Jr., LSU: The true freshman capped his brilliant season by locking down his side of the field in the title game, allowing only one reception in six targets that went his direction.
S: Richard LeCounte, Georgia: The junior’s two interceptions were part of a stifling defensive effort by Georgia in its Sugar Bowl win over Baylor.
AP: Isaiah Simmons, Clemson: The versatile linebacker was his usual playmaking self in both of Clemson’s playoff games, compiling 11 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 2 pass breakups, an interception and a sack. He was great in coverage, too.
K: Riley Patterson, Memphis: The first-team All-AAC pick capped an impressive season by going 6-for-6 on field goal attempts and nailed all three PAT tries in the Tigers’ Cotton Bowl loss to Penn State.
P: Anthony Beck II, Georgia Southern: Of Beck’s nine punts against Liberty in the Cure Bowl, not a single one was returned for positive yardage. He had a 48.8 net punting average, five punts inside the 20 and no touchbacks.
KR/PR: Aron Cruickshank, Wisconsin: Cruickshank’s 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Rose Bowl was part of a productive day in the return game for the Wisconsin receiver ,who finished with 194 kickoff return yards, highest among bowl participants this season.