Top-graded players and recaps for every college bowl game

PFF reveals the highest-graded players from all 41 FBS Bowl games; be sure to check back daily for updates.

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Top-graded players and recaps for every college bowl game


From the first bowl matchup to the College Football Playoff, Pro Football Focus’ team of analysts will be collecting data and grading every player on every play of every bowl game.

Be sure to visit this page daily for the highest-graded players in every FBS bowl game, as well as links to full recaps on many of the top contests.


 

Monday, Jan. 9

National championship game

Clemson 35, Alabama 31

Clemson’s highest-graded players:

CB Cordrea Tankersley, 83.6

WR Mike Williams, 83.1

WR Deon Cain, 81.4

ED Clelin Ferrell, 80.0

Alabama’s highest-graded players:

LB Reuben Foster, 86.9

ED Rashaan Evans, 83.3

ED Ryan Anderson, 82.0

C Bradley Bozeman, 81.1


  Monday, Jan. 2

Rose Bowl

USC 52, Penn State 49

USC’s highest-graded players:

DI Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, 91.0

DI Rasheem Green, 86.3

CB Leon McQuay III, 82.9

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, 78.8

Penn State’s highest-graded players:

WR Chris Godwin, 90.6

RB Saquon Barkley, 83.6

DI Kevin Givens, 79.5

CB John Reid, 78.5

Sugar Bowl

Oklahoma 35, Auburn 19

Oklahoma’s highest-graded players: QB Baker Mayfield, 89.3 RB Joe Mixon, 84.9 LB Jordan Evans, 83.2 S Ahmad Thomas, 80.1 Auburn’s highest-graded players: ED Carl Lawson 84.5 DI Dontavius Russell 77.3 DI Marlon Davidson 75.9 S Tray Matthews 75

Cotton Bowl

Wisconsin 24, Western Michigan 16

Wisconsin’s highest-graded players:

TE Troy Fumagalli, 93.1

ED T.J. Watt, 84.2

T Ryan Ramczyk, 80.2

LB T.J. Edwards, 74.7

Western Michigan’s highest-graded players:

WR Corey Davis, 78.4

T Taylor Moton, 75.1

ED Keion Adams, 73.6

DI Nathan Braster, 71.8

Outback Bowl

Florida 30, Iowa 3

Florida’s highest-graded players: DT Taven Bryan, 81.7 S Marcell Harris, 80.4 LB Cristian Garcia, 77.7 DT Cece Jefferson, 77.5 Iowa’s highest-graded players: LB Josey Jewell, 84.2 DE Parker Hesse, 80.5 DT Jaleel Johnson, 78.2 C James Daniels, 76.7


Saturday, Dec. 31

Fiesta Bowl

Clemson 31, Ohio State 0

Clemson’s highest-graded players:

C Jay Guillermo, 85.5

ED Clelin Ferrell, 84.1

LB Ben Boulware, 82.8

DI Carlos Watkins, 81.9

Ohio State’s highest-graded players:

CB Gareon Conley, 83.3

S Malik Hooker, 81.7

LB Jerome Baker, 81.1

ED Tyquan Lewis, 78.5

Peach Bowl

Alabama 24, Washington 7

Alabama’s highest-graded players: RB Bo Scarbrough, 89.8 DT Jonathan Allen, 89.5 CB Anthony Averett, 88.8 LB Reuben Foster, 88.6 Washington’s highest-graded players: S Budda Baker, 84.0 DT Jaylen Johnson, 82.3 DT Vita Vea, 80.9 CB Kevin King, 78.1

TaxSlayer Bowl

Georgia Tech 33, Kentucky 18

Georgia Tech’s highest-graded players:

S Corey Griffin, 85.6

S A.J. Gray, 82.6

C Freddie Burden, 81.4

RG Will Bryan, 81.0

Kentucky’s highest-graded players:

DT T.J. Carter, 80.0

RG Jervontius Stallings, 78.5

LT Landon Young, 77.9

CB Derrick Baity, 75.4

Citrus Bowl

LSU 29, Louisville 9

LSU’s highest-graded players: RB Derrius Guice, 86.7 DE Davon Godchaux, 86.3 CB Tre’Davious White, 86.2 S Jamal Adams, 85.0 Louisville’s highest-graded players: DT Chris Williams, 84.0 DT Drew Bailey, 79.1 OLB Jonathan Greenard, 77.6 ILB Stacy Thomas, 76.2


Friday, Dec. 30

Orange Bowl

Florida State 33, Michigan 32

Top-graded Michigan players:

CB Channing Stribling, 90.8

DT Ryan Glasgow, 86.4

DE Taco Charlton, 85.1

DT Maurice Hurst, 84.2

Top-graded Florida State players:

DE DeMarcus Walker, 90.4

LB Matthew Thomas, 86.8

RB Dalvin Cook, 86.6

DT Derrick Nnadi, 85.4

Arizona Bowl

Air Force 45, South Alabama 21

Air Force’s top-graded players: LB Jacob Onyechi, 82.2 TE Tyler Williams, 81.4 WR Jalen Robinette, 80.3 T James Rast, 79.2 South Alabama’s top-graded players: S Devon Earl, 82.5 ED Randy Allen, 79.6 G Steve McKenzie, 76.9 T Noah Fisher, 75.2

Sun Bowl

Stanford 25, North Carolina 23

Stanford’s highest-graded players:

DI Solomon Thomas, 92.5

S Dallas Lloyd, 82.6 LB Jordan Perez, 80.8

S Justin Reid, 79.9

North Carolina’s highest-graded players:

LB Cole Holcomb, 82.0

LB Cayson Collins, 81.8

WR Austin Proehl, 80.1

ED Malik Carney, 79.5

Liberty Bowl

Georgia 31, TCU 23

Georgia’s highest-graded players: RB Sony Michel, 86.9 FS Aaron Davis, 86.9 DI Trenton Thompson, 81.7 ED Lorenzo Carter, 81.5 TCU’s highest-graded players: DI Aaron Curry, 79.4 DI L.J. Collier, 79.3 C Austin Schlottmann, 79.1 LT Lucas Niang, 78.7


Thursday, Dec. 29

Belk Bowl

Virginia Tech 35, Arkansas 24

Virginia Tech’s highest-graded players:

S Terrell Edmunds, 89.3

CB Anthony Shegog, 86.3

CB Mook Reynolds, 84.9

S Chuck Clark, 83.8

Arkansas’ highest-graded players:

WR Keon Hatcher, 83.9

CB Jared Collins, 83.9

CB Ryan Pulley, 81.7

DI Taiwan Johnson, 79.6

Birmingham Bowl

USF 46, South Carolina 39

USF’s highest-graded players: DT Deadrin Senat, 91.9 DT Bruce Hector, 87.4 CB Ronnie Hoggins, 86.0 LT Kofi Amichia, 84.8 South Carolina’s highest-graded players: TE Hayden Hurst, 89.3 ED Dante Sawyer, 88.4  WR Deebo Samuel, 83.1 LB Bryson Allen-Williams, 82.4  


Wednesday, Dec. 28

Texas Bowl

Kansas State 33, Texas A&M 28

Kansas State’s highest-graded players:

S Dante Barnett, 82.2

ED Jordan Willis, 79.3

FB Winston Dimel, 78.2

LB Elijah Lee, 77.7

Texas A&M’s highest-graded players:

ED Myles Garrett, 85.0

WR Josh Reynolds, 84.0

DI Reggie Chavis, 80.9

S Justin Evans, 80.8

Russell Athletic Bowl

Miami 31, West Virginia 14

Miami’s highest-graded players: FS Rashawn Jenkings, 86.2 ED Joe Jackson, 83.2 SS Jaquan Johnson, 82.7 RCB Adrian Colbert, 79.9 West Virginia’s highest-graded players: ILB Justin Arndt, 84.4 ILB Al-Rasheed Benton, 84.2 ED Noble Nwachukwu, 83.0 SS Kyzir White, 79.9

Pinstripe Bowl

Northwestern 31, Pittsburgh 24

Northwestern’s highest-graded players:

S Jared McGee, 86.1

RB Justin Jackson, 83.1

LB Anthony Walker Jr., 76.6

ED Ifeadi Odenigbo, 74.9

Pittsburgh’s highest-graded players:

DT Jeremiah Taleni, 88.6

LB Matt Galambos, 88.3

CB Avonte Maddox, 87.1

ED Ejaun Price, 85.8


Tuesday, Dec. 27

Heart of Dallas Bowl

Army 38, North Texas 31

Army’s highest-graded players: LB Jeremy Timpf, 81.5 ED Alex Aukerman, 79.8 RT Brett Toth, 73.6 RB Kell Walker, 69.9 North Texas’ highest-graded players: RT Trey Keenan, 82.5 WR Rico Bussey Jr., 79.2 C Sam Rice, 79.1 NT Demonte Hood, 78.8

Holiday Bowl

Minnesota 17, Washington State 12

Minnesota’s highest-graded players:

CB Jalen Myrick, 85.3

LB Blake Cashman, 83.7

RB Rodney Smith, 80.3

CB Adekunle Ayinde, 76.3

Washington State’s highest-graded players:

LB Isaac Dotson, 83.7

NT Robert Barber, 82.0

LB Frankie Luvu, 81.9

C Riley Sorenson, 81.0

Military Bowl

Wake Forest 34, Temple 26

Wake Forest’s highest-graded players: ED Duke Ejiofor, 79.9 LB Demetrius Kemp, 76.2 DI Willie Yarbary, 75.5 S Ryan Janvion, 70.9 Temple’s highest-graded players: CB Derrek Thomas, 82.0 WR Ventell Bryant, 81.0 LB Stephaun Marshall, 77.4 DI Greg Webb, 74.8

Cactus Bowl

Baylor 31, Boise State 12 To see PFF’s full Cactus Bowl recap, click here. Baylor’s highest-graded players: S Orion Stewart, 83.4 LB Taylor Young, 83.1 CB Travon Blanchard, 82.2 WR KD Cannon, 80.7 Boise State’s highest-graded players: S Chancellor James, 86.2 LB Ben Weaver, 86.4 LB Blake Whitlock, 84.7 CB Tyler Horton, 81.7


Monday, Dec. 26

Quick Lane Bowl

Boston College 36, Maryland 30

Boston College’s highest-graded players: CB Isaac Yiadom, 88.6 DE Harold Landry, 84.0 LB Connor Strachan, 81.7 DT Noa Merritt, 80.1 Maryland’s highest-graded players: LB Jermaine Carter Jr., 90.7 LB Jalen Brooks, 83.8 T Derwin Gray, 80.5 RB Ty Johnson, 79.9

Independence Bowl

North Carolina State 41, Vanderbilt 17 To see PFF’s full Independence Bowl grade recap, click here. North Carolina State’s highest-graded players: C Joe Scelfo, 86.2 TE Jaylen Samuels, 85.5 T Will Richardson, 85.1 G Tony Adams, 83.9 Vanderbilt’s highest-graded players: LB Josh Smith, 83.3 C Barrett Gouger, 81.7 G Bruno Reagan, 77.6 WR Caleb Scott, 72.5

St. Petersburg Bowl

Mississippi State 17, Miami (OH) 16

Mississippi State’s highest-graded players: DI Nick James, 77.4 C Jamaal Clayborn, 76.1 DI Cory Thomas, 73.9 S Mark McLaurin, 73.4 Miami’s highest-graded players: WR James Gardner, 83.4 S Buchi Okafor, 78.9 T Jordan Rigg, 78.7 ED JT Jones, 78.3


Saturday, Dec. 24

Hawaii Bowl

Hawaii 52, Middle Tennessee 35 Hawaii’s highest-graded players: TE Metuisela ‘Unga, 87.8 WR John Ursua, 83.7 S Malachi Mageo, 82.0 T Dejon Allen, 81.0 Middle Tennessee’s highest-graded players: C Daniel Stephens, 87.8 DI Jimal McBride, 84.0 CB Michael Minter, 83.3 WR Richie James, 81.2


Friday, Dec. 23

Dollar General Bowl

Troy 28, Ohio 23 

Troy’s highest-graded players:

S Cedarius Rookard, 81.8

T Tyler Lassiter, 81.3

WR Deondre Douglas, 81.1

DI Seth Calloway, 79.7

Ohio’s highest-graded players:

CB Javon Hagan, 87.6

S Toran Davis, 83.8

WR Jordan Reid, 80.5

CB Jalen Fox, 79.2

Armed Forces Bowl

Louisiana Tech 48, Navy 45

Louisiana Tech’s highest-graded players: WR Carlos Henderson, 92.6 WR Trent Taylor, 82.2 C Joseph Brunson, 77.7 DI Aaron Brown, 77.6 Navy’s highest-graded players: LB Micah Thomas, 82.3 FB Dishan Romine, 80.5 DI Jackson Pittman, 75.9 DI Jarvis Polu, 75.3

Bahamas Bowl

Old Dominion 24, Eastern Michigan 20

Old Dominion’s top-graded players:

NT Rashaad Coward, 87.7

RB Ray Lawry, 83.9

DE Bunmi Rotimi, 82.0

DE Oshane Ximines, 78.6

Eastern Michigan’s top-graded players:

DE Jeremiah Harris, 85.2

QB Brogan Roback, 81.5

WR Sergio Bailey II, 79.5

DT Dion Dawson, 79.0


Thursday, Dec. 22

Idaho Potato Bowl

Idaho 61, Colorado State 50

To see PFF’s full Idaho Potato Bowl grade recap, click here.

Idaho’s highest-graded players:

RT Jordan Rose, 85.4

TE Deon Watson 85.0

LG Noah Johnson, 83.8

LT Calvin White, 83.0

Colorado State’s highest-graded players:

WR Olabisi Johnson, 84.5

C Jake Bennett, 83.4

WR Michael Gallup, 80.7

TE Dalton Fackrell, 76.5


Wednesday, Dec. 21

Poinsettia Bowl

BYU 24, Wyoming 21

BYU’s top-graded players: C Tejan Koroma, 83.3 ED Harvey Langi, 77.8 LB Butch Pau’u, 77.6 ED Corbin Kaufusi, 77.1 Wyoming’s top-graded players: C Chase Roullier, 79.6 DI Youhanna Ghaifan, 77.4 G Kaden Jackson, 74.7 LB Cassh Maluia, 74.6


Tuesday, Dec. 20

Boca Raton Bowl

Western Kentucky 51, Memphis 31

Western Kentucky’s top-graded players:

HB Anthony Wales, 88.0

LB Keith Brown, 84.9

T Forrest Lamp, 83.6

DI Omarius Bryant, 83.0

Memphis’ top-graded players:

CB Dontrell Nelson, 87.2

WR Anthony Miller, 78.4

TE Daniel Montiel, 74.5

DI Emmanuel Cooper, 74.0


Monday, Dec. 19

Miami Beach Bowl

Tulsa 55, Central Michigan 10

Tulsa’s top-graded players: ED Jesse Brubaker, 81.0 QB Dane Evans, 78.1 WR Keevan Lucas, 77.2 DI Jerry Uwaezuoke, 76.8 Central Michigan’s top-graded players: DI Jabari Dean, 78.5 CB Emmett Thomas, 73.1 CB Sean Bunting, 72.6 LB Malik Fountain, 72.0


Saturday, Dec. 17

New Mexico Bowl

New Mexico 23, UTSA 20 To see PFF’s full New Mexico Bowl grade recap, click here. New Mexico’s top-graded players: ED Maurice Daniels, 84.8 LB Kimmie Carson, 80.5 DL Garrett Hughes, 78.6 RT Avery Jordan, 73.0 UTSA’s top-graded players: DL King Newton, 80.2 DL Kevin Strong Jr., 79.9 CB Austin Jupe, 78.8 TE Trevor Stevens, 78.8

Las Vegas Bowl

San Diego State 24, Houston 3

San Diego State’s top-graded players:

DE Kyle Kelley, 80.1

ED Jay Henderson, 78.9

S Kameron Kelly, 78.7

LB Calvin Munson, 78.0

Houston’s top-graded players:

LB Matthew Adams, 81.8

CB Howard Wilson, 78.0

DT Nick Thurman, 76.4

WR Keith Corbin, 72.7

Camellia Bowl

Appalachian State 31, Toledo 28

Appalachian State’s top-graded players: LB John Law, 86.2 DE Caleb Fuller, 81.1 QB Taylor Lamb, 78.8 NT Myquon Stout, 78.7 Toledo’s top-graded players: CB Ka’dar Hollman, 86.9 DT Marquise Moore, 82.4 RG Mike Ebert, 82.3 QB Logan Woodside, 80.7 S DeJuan Rogers, 80.7

AutoNation Cure Bowl

Arkansas State 31, UCF 13

Arkansas State’s top-graded players:

LB Justin Clifton, 84.2

DI Jake Swalley, 83.9

LB Kyle Wilson, 82.9

LB Xavier Woodson-Luster, 81.9

UCF’s top-graded players:

LB Demeitre Brim, 88.0

CB D.J. Killings, 83.3

CB Shaquill Griffin, 82.9

LB Mark Rucker, 82.6

New Orleans Bowl

Southern Miss 28, Louisiana-Lafayette 21

Southern Miss’ top-graded players:

RB Ito Smith, 87.7

ED Ja’Boree Poole, 83.0

S Tarvarius Moore, 82.5

WR Allenzae Staggers, 82.2

Louisiana-Lafayette’s top-graded players:

CB Simeon Thomas, 81.5

CB Christian Goodlett, 81.0

C Eddie Gordon, 80.6

RB Elijah McGuire, 79.4

Monday, Dec. 19


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