To be honest, when the season began in November, I might not have expected all of the following 25 players to be fit subjects for appraisal in late March. Nevertheless, they're here, they've earned it, and I have decided to rank them.
In compiling these rankings, I have chosen to embrace the recency effect. Think of this particular hierarchy as "two parts tournament, one part regular season." (As always, "zero parts pro potential," of course. There are plenty of writers who cover that angle.)
These are the players who will decide which team wins the national championship: