Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 1/4/13
I’m not a fan of the bowl system. I’d love an eight-team bracketed playoff to find a true national champion. With the way things are set up now, are teams really feeling that great coming off a win in the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl? Doubt it. But one thing that bowl season does do is give a brief spotlight, however dim it might be, on each bowl and its participants one at a time. While it can be about juniors and seniors elevating their draft stock in their final collegiate game, it can also be about a younger crop of players increasing their national notoriety. The best of those players will maintain that spotlight throughout the off-season. Once the 2013 season kicks off this fall, these players will be at the top of the list of front-runners for the most prestigious individual awards in sports: the Heisman Trophy. (NOTE: This list only includes players that have competed in a bowl games through January 2nd. I understand Johnny Manziel will be a Heisman frontrunner, as will the likes of AJ
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