With a record 40 bowl games plus the national championship game, college football offered plenty of action after the regular season's conclusion. Sadly the postseason has come to an end with Alabama's 45–40 victory over Clemson in the national championship game. But before the season shifts into the rearview mirror, let's take a look back at the most amazing performance of the 2015–16 bowl season.
Although technically the national championship is not a bowl game, we included it in our player evaluations because the list seemed incomplete without factoring in the biggest game of the year. Eight players from the title game made this year's All-Bowl Team, including six from the champion Crimson Tide. Baylor and Stanford were the only two teams that didn't play in the title game to get multiple honorees on the All-Bowl Team.
. QB - Deshaun Watson
Two games against elite defenses, 592 passing yards, 218 rushing yards, six total TDs. Not bad.
. RB - Johnny Jefferson
With Baylor missing its top two QBs, RB and WR, Jefferson delivered 299 rushing yards and three TDs.
. RB - Leonard Fournette
The sophomore reminded everyone that he’s one of the nation’s best by rushing for 212 yards and four TDs.
. WR - Isaiah Ford
Virginia Tech, Sophomore
Ford took advantage of Tulsa’s leaky pass defense for 12 catches, 227 yards and a touchdown.
. WR - Jakeem Grant
Texas Tech, Senior
The shifty Grant had a big day vs. LSU, finishing with 125 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
. TE - O.J. Howard
The former five-star recruit scored his first TD since 2013 and broke the game open with 208 yards.
. OT - Spencer Drango
The senior paved the way for Baylor to rack up a bowl-record 645 rushing yards vs. North Carolina.
. OG - Joshua Garnett
The senior helped open up running room for Christian McCaffrey while dominating Iowa’s defensive line.
. C - Ryan Kelly
Alabama needed its offensive line to step up against an imposing Clemson front, and Kelly was up to the task.
. OG - Sebastian Tretola
The senior anchored an Arkansas line that steamrolled Kansas State and created running holes for the Hogs.
. OT - Laremy Tunsil
Ole Miss, Junior
Tunsil produced the Big Guy Touchdown of bowl season with his two-yard score against Oklahoma State.
. DE - Kevin Dodd
Dodd's postseason production was unreal: He racked up 8.5 TFLs, including three sacks vs. Alabama.
. DT - A'Shawn Robinson
The junior made Deshaun Watson uncomfortable after helping the Crimson Tide shut out Michigan State.
. DE - Kyle Kelley
San Diego State, Junior
The Hawai’i Bowl didn’t feature many stars, but Kelley shined by recording nine tackles and 3.5 sacks.
. LB - Reggie Ragland
The senior buoyed the Tide’s D by recording a combined 12 tackles in wins over Clemson and Michigan State.
. LB - Devonte Fields
The junior stymied Texas A&M in a six-point win, racking up eight tackles, three sacks and two passes defended.
. LB - Scooby Wright III
In his final college game, Wright exploited New Mexico’s pass protection by notching two sacks and 15 tackles.
. LB - Jack Cichy
Cichy did his part in the Badgers' two-point win over USC by recording nine tackles and three sacks.
. CB - Reggis Ball
Ball's post-game misconduct overshadowed a great performance: two interceptions, including a pick-six.
. S - Tevin Carter
If not for Carter’s first quarter pick-six (he also had another INT), Utah may not have held off rival BYU.
. S - Vonn Bell
Ohio State, Junior
The junior’s last college game was a memorable one, as he helped them limit a dangerous Notre Dame offense.
. CB - William Jackson III
With 10 tackles and two INTs, Jackson helped keep Florida State’s offense in check in a big upset.
. K - Adam Griffith
His perfectly executed onside kick will go down as one of the biggest plays in Alabama history.
. P - Cason Beatty
Florida State, Senior
Beatty boosted the Seminoles’ special teams by averaging 51.5 yards on six punts.
. R - Kenyan Drake
Drake's 95-yard kick return touchdown in the fourth quarter helped put Clemson into desperation mode.
. AP - Christian McCaffrey
The Heisman Trophy runner-up broke the Rose Bowl record for all-purpose yards vs. Iowa.