Tuesday’s Bowls

Music City Bowl

No. 22 Louisiana State (8-4) vs. Notre Dame (7-5), 3 p.m. at Nashville, Tenn. (ESPN)

WHAT’S AT STAKE: Notre Dame can get a little payback for being routed by LSU in the 2007 Sugar Bowl and stop a skid that saw the Fighting Irish lose five of their past six. LSU has played 17 freshmen this season. Coach Les Miles is 1-0 against Notre Dame while at LSU.

KEY MATCHUP: LSU’s defense against Notre Dame’s offense. The Fighting Irish rank 39th nationally, scoring 33.9 points a game. The Tigers not only led the SEC in total defense but are third in the nation, holding opponents to 16.4 points a game.

Belk Bowl

No. 13 Georgia (9-3) vs. No. 20 Louisville (9-3), 6:30 p.m. at Charlotte (ESPN)

WHAT’S AT STAKE: Georgia coach Mark Richt hopes a win against Louisville will land the Bulldogs in the top 10 in the final AP college football rankings. A win for Louisville would cap a pretty strong season for coach Bobby Petrino, who returned to coach the Cardinals after a five-year break.

KEY MATCHUP: Georgia rushing attack vs. Louisville run defense: The Bulldogs enter the game without Todd Gurley, but they haven’t needed him. They still rank seventh in the nation averaging 6.1 yards a carry behind Nick Chubb. They’ll face a stiff challenge against a Louisville team that allows 2.9 yards a carry, which is fourth best in the country.

Foster Farms Bowl

Maryland (7-5) vs. Stanford (7-5), at Santa Clara, Calif., 10 p.m. (ESPN)

WHAT’S AT STAKE: Both teams are trying to finish the season on a high note. They’re also hoping to give their conferences a perception boost with the game being a matchup between Pac-12 and Big Ten schools.

KEY MATCHUP: Maryland’s offense vs. Stanford’s defense. The Terrapins will have their hands full against the Cardinal’s vaunted defense. Stanford’s defense is second nationally in points allowed (16 per game) and fourth in total defense (287.4 yards). Maryland, led by quarterback C.J. Brown, ranks 64th in scoring offense (29.1 points) and 106th in total offense (352.1 yards).

Associated Press