Suh's effort stands above the rest

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1. Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh
In a championship weekend chock-full of memorable individual and team efforts, Suh's showing in his team's 13-12 loss to Texas stands above the rest. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive tackle has been wreaking havoc for a couple seasons now, but he took it to a new level in the Big 12 title game, finishing with a ridiculous 7.5 tackles for loss, including 4.5 sacks. That ups his season totals to 20.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. Suh headlines a Blackshirts defense that pulled more than its share of the load in Nebraska's near-upset of the second-ranked Longhorns.

2. Alabama QB Greg McElroy
No player exceeded expectations more than McElroy during Crimson Tide's convincing win over Florida in the SEC title game. McElroy clearly built on the momentum from the game-winning drive versus Auburn the week before, completing an efficient 12 of 18 passes for 239 yards and a score in the 32-13 win. Most impressive was McElroy's decisiveness and confidence, and the Tide will be tough to beat if McElroy plays at a similarly high level versus Texas in the BCS title game.