1. Matchup: #1 Auburn vs #19 South Carolina (SEC Championship)
Cam Newton, QB, Auburn: In yet another Heisman worthy performance, Cam Newton made big time plays in a big time game. He finished 17-of-28 passing for 335 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 73 yards and two scores. It was a dominating performance by the Auburn quarterback, who is now headed to the BCS Championship game. While Newton’s potential at the next level as a franchise caliber quarterback is highly debatable, his ability on the college field is unrivaled, Cam Newton has been the best player in the NCAA this year.
2. Matchup: #15 Virginia Tech vs #21 Florida State (ACC Championship)
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech: The senior quarterback showed outstanding decision making and poise in Virginia Tech’s championship victory over the Seminoles. The win puts the Hokies in the BCS Orange Bowl, in what should be one of the better bowl matchups against the Stanford Cardinals. NFL teams will be impressed with Taylor’s continued maturity as a quarterback the past two seasons; showing good development with his patience and willingness to make plays inside the pocket. He finished the game 18-of-28 for 263 yards and three scores, while also adding a 5 yard touchdown run.
3. Matchup: #25 Northern Illinois vs Miami (OH) (Mid-American Championship)
Armand Robinson, WR, Miami (OH): It was a career game for Robinson, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the RedHawks. His 14 catches for 176 yards and one touchdown (game winning) gives Miami the MAC title one year after finishing their 2009 season 1-11. The RedHawks finish the 2010 regular season 9-4 and are heading to the GoDaddy.com bowl.
4. Matchup: #9 Oklahoma vs #13 Nebraska (Big 12 Championship)
Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: Jones put up yet another clutch performance for the Sooners, completing 23-of-41 passes for 342 yards with two scores, one coming on a goal line rush. Oklahoma was facing a 17 point defecit early in the second quarter, when Jones was able to connect on a 49 yard touchdown pass to freshman receiver Kenny Stills. The score turned the momentum of the game, and the Sooners never looked back. They won the contest 23-20.
5. Matchup: Connecticut vs South Florida
Dave Teggert, K, Connecticut: The winner of this game would determine the Big East champion, and it was the kicker who had the big time performance when the Huskies needed it most. Teggert kicked four field goals in the contest, including the game winner from 52 yards out with 17 seconds remaining. UConn will now finish their season at the Fiesta Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners.