Tuesday's bowl previews

The Detroit News

Music City Bowl

Matchup: No. 22 LSU (8-4) vs. Notre Dame (7-5)

Kickoff: 3 p.m., LP Field, Nashville, Tennessee

TV: ESPN Line: LSU by 7.5

Key matchup: LSU's defense vs. Notre Dame's offense. The Fighting Irish average 33.9 points a game. The Tigers are third in the nation, holding opponents to 16.4 points a game.

Players to watch: LSU QB Anthony Jennings has started 11 games this season throwing for 1,460 yards with 10 TDs and seven INTs. ... Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire will be making his first career start after coming off the bench in the regular season finale at Southern California and throwing for 170 yards and running for a TD. Everett Golson also is expected to play. He is 17-6 as a starter and threw for 29 touchdowns while running for eight more, but he turned the ball over 22 times this season.

Belk Bowl

Matchup: No. 13 Georgia (9-3) vs. No. 20 Louisville (9-3)

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m., Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

TV: ESPN Line: Georgia by 7.5

Key matchup: Georgia's 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 just 2.9 yards a carry, which is fourth best in the country.

Players to watch: Chubb has run for 1,057 yards and 10 TDs in seven games since taking over for Gurley. That's 151 yards rushing per game. ... Louisville DB Gerod Holliman, the Thorpe Award winner, has proved to be a ball hawk for the Cardinals with 14 INTs.

Foster Farms Bowl

Matchup: Maryland (7-5) vs. Stanford (7-5)

Kickoff: 10 p.m., Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California

TV: ESPN Line: Stanford by 14

Key matchup: Maryland's offense vs. Stanford's defense. Stanford's defense is second nationally in points allowed (16 per game) and fourth in total defense (287.4 yards).

Players to watch: Maryland WR Stefon Diggs will return after missing two games with a lacerated kidney. He caught 52 passes for 654 yards and five TDs in nine games. And this could be the junior's final game with Maryland as he decides whether to enter the NFL draft. ... Stanford QB Kevin Hogan has thrown for 2,603 yards, 17 TDs and eight INTs this season. He's coming off his best performance of the year, going 16-for-19 passing for 234 yards and two TDs in the Cardinal's 31-10 win at UCLA on Nov. 28.