The College Football Playoff put a bow on 39 of the 40 bowls of the 2017-18 season. It will conclude with the championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Jan. 8 between Georgia and Alabama.No. 3 Georgia beat No. 2 Oklahoma 54-48 in a double-overtime Rose Bowl thriller, and No. 4 Alabama beat down No. 1 Clemson 24-6 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.That makes the SEC the big winner, as it will have an all-conference championship game for the second time this decade.One of those teams will be the ultimate winner of bowl season, but we're ready to hand out the best of the winners and losers from the rest of the games.MORE: Winner: Alabama's defenseAlabama limited Clemson to 188 total yards and looked like the big and nasty defense we're used to seeing under coach Nick Saban. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt crafted a masterful game plan, and the Tide made the big plays to blow the game open in the third quarter. Clemson finished with 33 Roger Maris Jersey carries for 64 yards. Now the Crimson Tide are in position to win their fifth national championship under Saban.Loser: Clemson's title defenseThe Tigers couldn't get going in the lo s to Alabama. Kelly Bryant completed just 50 percent of his pa ses, no running game was established and the Tide took the third installment of the trilogy, meaning the other four Power 5 conferences lose. Clemson? It will be fine under Dabo Swinney, who has compiled a 40-4 record over the past three seasons. The Tigers, however, will need to have a better offensive game plan next time.Winner: Nick Chubb and Sony MichelGeorgia's backfield tandem of Chubb and Michel combined for 25 carries, 326 rushing yards and five touchdowns against Oklahoma. The two had combined to average 20 yards per carry prior to the start of the fourth quarter, and Michel put the finishing touch on the Bulldogs' shootout victory with a 27-yard touchdown run. Expect more of the run game when Georgia shoots for its first national championship since 1980 on Monday.Loser: Oklahoma (in OT)The Sooners ran 11 plays in overtime against the Bulldogs, but the play-calling was too conservative. Oklahoma settled for a field goal in the first overtime, and a second try was blocked. The failure isn't on Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, but this isn't exactly the way we expected the Sooners to be bounced out of the College Football Playoff. It's a le son for Lincoln Riley to take into his second season.Winner: Big TenThe Big Ten didn't make the College Football Playoff, but it did the next best thing by compiling a 7-1 bowl record, highlighted by New Year's Day Six victories from Ohio State Mike Matheny Jersey , Penn State and Wisconsin. Michigan State and Purdue won as underdogs, and Iowa and Northwestern took care of busine s. Michigan couldn't quite pull off the sweep, but this is a statement from a conference building capital for the 2018 College Football Playoff race. This is a good launch point.MORE: Loser: Pac-12Not a good look for a conference that hasn't won a playoff game since Oregon's 2014 victory in the first College Football Playoff semifinal. The conference finished 1-8, and USC and Washington lost in their New Year's Day Carlos Martinez Jersey Six appearances. Utah provided the conference's only victory, but the Utesaren't going to be puffing their chest out about a victory in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The Pac-12 will need to earn that respect back in the nonconference games to start 2018.Winner: UCFUCF became the first team to finish a season with an unbeaten record in the College Football Playoff era with a 34-27 victory over Auburn, a huge victory for the Group of 5 that will help kick-start more conversations about expanding the playoff to eight teams to give Cinderella a chance at the national championship. It's also a big victory for the American Athletic Conference.MORE: Loser: PropsWisconsin flipped the script on the "turnover chain" in a 34-24 victory over Miami in the Orange Bowl. Mayfield clutched a sign that read "pretenders" heading into the Rose Bowl. Props became the go-to acce sory in college football this season, but Georgia and Alabama proved the best acce sory is the one you don't see on the sideline. Those teams will be going for the ring Monday.Winner: TexasTom Herman closed his first season in Austin with a winning record, a top recruiting cla s nearly booked and a 33-16 victory against former Big 12 opponent Mi souri in the Texas Bowl. Several star players have already left for the 2018 NFL Draft, but Herman took the first steps toward bringing this program back, and the Longhornsmight be the best bet to challenge Oklahoma in the near future.Loser: AuburnThe Tigers can't fall back on any excuses. They were outplayed by UCF, and that adds up to a four-lo s season for Gus Malzahn. The Tigers won the SEC West and scored great home victories over Georgia and Alabama, but they also lost two road games and two postseason games. The Tigers open the 2018 season against Washington in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, but they'll also travel to Georgia and Alabama next year.Winner: Scott FrostThere isn't a hotter Whitey Herzog Jersey FBS coach right now. Frost led the Knights to a perfect season and parlayed that into a job at his alma mater, where he's sure to resurrect a program looking to relive its 1990s heyday. It might take time for the star quarterback to do that, however, which brings us to . . .Loser: Jim HarbaughMichigan turned a 19-3 lead into a five-turnover, second-half meltdown in its 26-19 lo s to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl, the final stroke in a five-lo s season that's going to turn up the volume in Ann Arbor heading into Harbaugh's fourth season. Harbaugh isn't on the hot seat, but given the social media typhoon that was created Orlando Cepeda Jersey upon his arrival, it'stime to expect something more. Is Shea Patterson the quarterback to do this? We'll find out in the opener against Notre Dame.MORE:Winner: Josh AllenWyoming's star quarterback opted to play in the Cowboys' 37-14 victory over Central Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and he threw three touchdowns in front of several NFL luminaries, including Denver's John Elway. Allen gained exposure and is almost sure to be a much-debated first-round pick because of his measurables. He didn't hurt his cause by playing in the postseason.Loser: First-round QBsMayfield played well, but some of his peers can't say the same thing. UCLA's Josh Rosen sat out the Cactus Bowl because he was in concu sion protocol. Louisville's Lamar Jackson threw four interceptions in a lo s to Mi si sippi State in the Taxslayer Bowl. USC's Sam Darnold took eight sacks in a lo s to Ohio State. If the NFL's Browns are going to take one of these quarterbacks with the No. 1 pick, then it won't be because of their performances in these bowl games.MORE: Winner: Bowl gamesYes, 40 is a lot, but the bowl season was fun. Quinton Flowers went out in s