Florida State closed out the BCS in style, finishing an undefeated season with a 34-31 victory over Auburn and claiming the Seminoles' first national title since 1999.
FSU's performance landed four players on our All-Bowl team, although Heisman winner Jameis Winston will just have to settle for being a national champion. No player could top the final college performance by last year's Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.
Here's the 2013-14 All-Bowl roster:
Center: Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
The senior All-American, who was the only starter playing his natural position on a makeshift Sooners offensive line, served as the foundation of a group that allowed only one sack in 45 pass attempts in the Sooners' 45-31 upset of Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Blessed with time, freshman quarterback Trevor Knight completed 32 of 44 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns.
Tackle: La'el Collins, LSU
The junior anchored an offensive front that controlled the line of scrimmage in the Tigers' 21-14 defeat of Iowa in the Outback Bowl. Playing freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings, LSU leaned heavily on its line and tailback Jeremy Hill (see below), controlling the clock for 35:46 with a run-pass split of 51/20.
Tackle: Zack Martin, Notre Dame
He played so well in the 29-16 defeat of Rutgers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl that he won the Offensive MVP Award. The Fighting Irish ran an astounding 90 offensive snaps (47 passes, 43 rushes) for 494 yards, holding the ball for 38:16.
Guard: Jordan McCray, UCF
The senior guard graded the highest on an O-line that didn't allow a sack and gained 556 total yards (301 passing, 255 rushing, mostly between the tackles) in 75 snaps, as the Knights stunned Baylor, 52-42, in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Guard: Laken Tomlinson, Duke
Tomlinson played the best on an offensive line that helped the Blue Devils gain 661 yards of total offense, the most of any team in the postseason, and 29 first downs, in a 52-48 loss to Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Quarterback: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
With apologies to UCLA redshirt sophomore Brett Hundley, South Carolina senior Connor Shaw and Clemson senior Tajh Boyd, the most riveting performance of the postseason came from Manziel, who willed the Aggies to overcome a 38-17 deficit and defeat Duke 52-48 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Manziel completed 30 of 38 passes for 382 yards and four touchdowns, and added 73 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Forget the numbers, however. If you saw Manziel hop out of a tackle, bounce off an offensive lineman, run backward and then throw a 19-yard touchdown to Travis Labhart, you know why Manziel made this team.
Wide receiver: Rashad Greene, Florida State