Of course, we are already checking our calendars for the start of spring football practice. But first, let's go back to the 2018 playoffs.
Clemson is back at the top of college football after hammering Alabama 44-16 on Monday night in the national championship playoff football championship game. Over the past four years, this has given Clemson two national titles and two national titles in Alabama. It is not surprising that both teams are well represented on the 2018-19 ESPN All-Bowl team.
Here are the best artists of the bowl season:
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
If Lawrence was eligible for the repechage, he could be the first choice in the NFL draft. The real freshman of the Tigers certainly played like a star in the playoffs. He divided Alabama to 347 yards and three touchdowns in the title game. That's after amassing 327 yards and three touchdowns against Notre Dame in the semifinals. He did not initiate any interceptions in both games. In the immortal words of Larry Munson, "My God, a freshman!"
Trayveon Williams, Texas A & M
Few halfbacks ended the season warmer than Williams, who collected 236 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 52-13 loss to the state of North Carolina in the Gator Bowl Taxslayer. The big night of Williams was marked by a touchdown of 93 yards. He has accumulated 829 yards and eight touchdowns in Texas A & M's last four games.
Ke & Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt
Vaughn, one of the SEC's most dynamic newcomers this season, was sensational in Vanderbilt's 45-38 loss to Baylor at Academy Bow + Outdoors Texas Bowl. He racked up 243 yards in 13 carries, ripped 69 and 68 yards touchdown and had another 66-yard run tied.
T.J. Rahming Duke
After falling late early, Duke scored touchdowns in seven consecutive orders, and Rahming was in the middle of that rush to help lead a 56-27 shot at Temple in the Independence Bowl. Rahming finished with 12 catches for 240 yards, including touchdowns and 85 and 22 yards, and set an Independence Bowl record with 286 all-purpose yards.
Justyn Ross, Clemson
After lighting Notre Dame with six catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns in the Capital One Orange Bowl, Ross was even better against Alabama in the national title game. The real talented first-year player caught six passes for 153 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown in the third quarter, which nearly finished the Crimson Tide.
Sterling Palmer, FIU
Palmer completed a promising first-year season with three catches for 64 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown in the second quarter in Florida International's 35-32 victory over Toledo at Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl.
Attack: Mitch Hyatt, Clemson
If you're looking for a collective MVP from Clemson's defeat in Alabama in the National University Football Championship game, that would be the Tigers offensive line. Hyatt was the anchor point of this unit since its left attack point, Lawrence having a nice pocket to start most of the match and not being sacked.
Guard: Bunchy Stallings, Kentucky
Yes, he has the catchy nickname, but Stallings also has a lot of play and was a bulldozer from his right guard position in the 27 to 24 victory over Penn State in the VRBO Outback Bowl. To end one of the best seasons in Kentucky history, Stallings and the rest of his offensive linemates allowed Benny Snell Jr. to rush for 144 yards and become the best rider in the school. .
Center: Bryce Holland, Army
Repeated selection last year, Holland was a force in the middle of an army offensive line that completely destroyed Houston for 501 yards rushing in 70-14 in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces bowl. Quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. had five decisive touchdowns in the game, and the truth is that the entire offensive line of the Army probably deserves a place in the All-Bowl team.
Guard: Beautiful Benzschawel, Wisconsin
It would not be an All-Bowl offensive line without a bit of Wisconsin beef. A year ago, it was Michael Deiter, and this year it was Benzschawel, who helped pave the way for 205 yards in Jonathan Taylor's run in the 35-3 match. against Miami in Wisconsin at Pinstripe Bowl. The Badgers finished with 333 rushing yards and kept the ball almost 40 minutes in the game.
Attack: Joshua Alabi, State of Ohio
It's always good to have a depth of quality, and Alabi seemed to be at his side all season when his first start left for Ohio State in his victory. 28-23 on Washington at the Rose Bowl match presented by Northwestern Mutual. Alabi replaced injured Thayer Munford and helped create a nice pocket for Dwayne Haskins to throw 251 yards and three touchdowns against a strong Washington side.
Willie Baker, Louisiana Tech
It was a fashion show for Louisiana Tech in his 31-14 win over Hawaii in the SoFi Hawaii Bowl. The Bulldogs finished with nine sacks, and Baker had four. Baker's five tackles in the match were defeated as the second-year defenseman settled in the backcourt of Hawaii.
Note it for 2019: Trevor Lawrence will win the first of two Heismans, while Mack Brown and Miles will pass the bowl season on their return.
Clemson is the new king, but Alabama will be back, with Georgia, Ohio State and Notre Dame, while two Texas teams are in the top 10.
Charles Omenihu, Texas
No question was asked as to who was the most physical team when Georgia overturned 28-21 in Texas in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Dawgs had no answers for Omenihu, who finished with two tackles for the loss. He lived in Georgia's backfield and kept Jake Fromm on the run for much of the night.
Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Williams was the most dominant and disruptive home defensive lineman in college football all season, and that did not change in the playoffs. He did not have huge numbers in both games, but he was a pocket collector to a man.
Austin Bryant, Clemson
There was a reason for Bryant to return for his senior season with defensive line cohorts Christian Wilkins and Clelin Ferrell. They wanted more material – and they had it. Bryant had three tackles for defeat, including two sacks, and a quarter were rushing against Notre Dame and adding another tackle for the loss to Alabama.
James Nachtigal, army
It was an impressive performance on the part of the Army during the Houston rout in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Nachtigal won the defensive game with 16 tackles, including 3.5 sacks, and managed three fumbles. The Cougars probably thought that there were four No. 19 on the ground.
Josh Allen, Kentucky
After Kentucky's victory over Penn State in the VRBO Citrus Bowl, Allen has been proclaimed the No. 1 draft pick in the NFL. He certainly watched the game against the Nittany Lions, with three sacks and a blocked kick. Allen set the record for a Kentucky season with 17 sacks of a season.
Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
One of the most valuable and versatile players in Clemson's defense, Simmons has been ubiquitous in both playoff games with his mix of size and speed. He led the Tigers with nine tackles, including one for defeat, in the win against Alabama in the title game. He broke two assists and had half a sack in the victory over Notre Dame.
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida
Florida smothered Michigan on the defensive in their 41-15 loss by Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, and Gardner-Johnson was one of the main reasons they left for their defenseman / star position. His interception early in the third quarter changed the complexion of the game and gave the Gators momentum. He culminated in the rout with a second interception in the fourth quarter, which included 30 yards for a touchdown.
DJ Williams, State of Utah
Williams had two interceptions in the 52-13 rout of North Utah in the New Mexico Bowl, presented by Progressive, in the state of Utah. His second choice killed a North Texas drive inside the 30-meter line from Utah, and Williams brought it back to 31 yards just before halftime.
Jake Gervase, Iowa
Iowa did not win any games by winning its 27-22 win over the Mississippi State at the Outback Bowl compared to Gervase's interception in the end zone in the fourth quarter. The balloon was shaken by a Mississippi state receiver, and Gervase picked it up and sent it 28 meters to reach what appeared to be a safe touchdown. Gervase also broke three assists and led the team with six tackles.
Jaylinn Hawkins, Cal
It's not every day that you see a match with nine interceptions, and Hawkins had his own hat trick with three selections in Cal's loss to TC, 10-7 in overtime, in the Cheez- It Bowl. His first interception in the first quarter was Cal's only touchdown. Hawkins also had six tackles in total, half of which were a tackle for loss.
Tyler Bass, South Georgia
Bass scored the winning goal by 40 yards as it was time to bring Georgia Southern to a 23-21 win over East Michigan in the Camellia Bowl of Raycom Media. Bass made all three attempts, including a middle distance to finish the first half.
Tucker Day, State of Mississippi
Day scored five times for an average of 50.4 yards in the defeat of the Mississippi State against Iowa in the Outback Bowl. He ran 70 yards and 54 yards, which was shot down at Iowa 12 in the fourth quarter.
Tony Pollard, Memphis
Pollard tied an NCAA record with his seventh career kickoff return for a touchdown, a 97-yard run in the second quarter in the Memphis 37-34 loss to Wake Forest at the Jared Birmingham Bowl. Pollard also had a 41-yard touchdown and finished with 109 yards rushing.
Ronnie Rivers, State of Fresno
Rivers finished with 286 versatile yards in Fresno State's 31-20 win over Arizona State at Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl. He rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns, caught four passes for 33 yards and returned a 41-yard return kick. Rivers' 68-yard touchdown at the end of the third quarter gave the advantage to Fresno State.