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Top 5 Rose Bowl Performances of the BCS Era

Athlon Sports ranks the best Rose Bowl performances of the BCS Era.
<p> Athlon Sports ranks the best Rose Bowl performances of the BCS Era.</p>

With the 15th season of BCS bowl action about to take place, Athlon reviewed the tapes of the four (now five) biggest bowl games in college football. Since 1998, teams have been fighting to land a spot in the BCS and here are the players who made the most of their opportunities.

Here are the Top Rose Bowl Performances of the BCS Era:

Top 10 Freshmen in College Football History

Herschel Walker vaulted Georgia over the top long before Johnny Football took home the Heisman.
<p> Top 10 Freshmen in College Football History, including Georgia running back Herschel Walker, San Diego State running back Marshall Faulk, Texas A&amp;M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson, Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne, Oregon cornerback George Shaw, Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree, Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick, Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett and Ohio State linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer.</p>

A freshman claimed college football’s most prestigious award for the first time ever this season when Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy. But Johnny Football is nowhere near the first frosh to make a splash on the national scene during his rookie season. These are the 10 freshmen — of both the true and redshirt variety — who made the biggest impact in college football history.

Greatest Rose Bowl Performances of the BCS Era

Athlon Sports ranks the best Rose Bowl performances of the BCS Era.
<p> Athlon Sports ranks the best Rose Bowl performances of the BCS Era.</p>

-by Mitch Light (follow at @AthlonMitch)

With the 14th season of BCS bowl action about to take place, Athlon reviewed the tapes of the four (now five) biggest bowl games in college football. Since 1998, teams have been fighting to land a spot in the BCS and here are the players who made the most of their opportunities.

Here are the Top Rose Bowl Performances of the BCS Era: