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TFG: Throwdown Tuesday

A terrific slate of Tuesday bowl games as we near the end of the year

DeVante Parker. Do. Want.
DeVante Parker. Do. Want.
Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Notre Dame vs. (23) LSU

Location: LP Field

- Both teams have had down years in 2014 but can rebound with a win in Nashville. Notre Dame has lost five of its last six games including an overtime heartbreaker to a downtrodden Northwestern team and the classic against Florida State. The loss to FSU took all the steam out of a promising 6-0 start. ND's biggest problem are the turnovers. They have committed a whopping 22 of them in the past four games alone with QB Everett Golson serving up a ghastly five by himself in the blowout loss to Arizona State. He's been benched in favor of sophomore QB Malik Zaïre. All of this bodes well for a still loaded Tigers defense. LSU has had some QB issues of their own, however, much to the chagrin of robgreenlaw and Tigers fans elsewhere. They do have a dynamite freshman phenom RB Leonard Fournette so there's that.

Notre Dame prospects to watch:

1. Sheldon Day DL 6'2 285 Junior

2. Cody Riggs CB 5'9 185 Senior

3. Joe Schmidt LB 6'1 235 Senior (Injured)

4. Nick Martin OL 6'5 295 Senior

LSU prospects to watch:

1. La'El Collins OT 6'5 315 Senior

2. Jalen Collins CB 6'1 195 RS Junior

3. Jalen Mills S 6'0 195 Junior

4. Kenny Hilliard RB 6'0 232 Senior

5. Ronald Martin S 6'2 220 Senior

6. Terrance McGee RB 5'9 217 Senior

Belk Bowl 6:30 PM ESPN

(13) Georgia vs. (21) Louisville

Location: Bank of America Stadium (home of the Carolina Panthers)

- The Belk Bowl will be a reunion for Cardinals DC Todd Grantham, the former Dogs DC before Jeremy Pruitt took the job and several other former players who transferred there as a result of disciplinary action. UGA lost its OC Mike Bobo, who took the Colorado State job. Although Georgia has lost its star RB Todd Gurley to suspension and ultimately to injury, it is not a lost cause for the Bulldogs running attack. Freshman Nick Chubb has resurrected the immortal words of Larry Munson's "My God, A Freshman" on numerous occasions. The Cardinals feature a strong defense that is one of the country's best. Will Grantham's knowledge of the Dawgs offense be enough to propel the Cards to a win?

Louisville prospects to watch:

1. DeVante Parker WR 6'3 210 Senior

2. Lorenzo Mauldin DE 6'4 244 Senior

3. Michael Dyer RB 5'9 213 Senior

4. Gerod Holliman S 6'1 206 Sophomore (2016)

5. Charles Gaines CB 5'11 190 Junior

Georgia prospects to watch:

1. Todd Gurley RB 6'1 232 Junior (injured, declared for draft)

2. Ramik Wilson ILB 6'2 232 Senior

3. Jordan Jenkins OLB 6'2 246 Junior (returned to school)

4. Leonard Floyd OLB 6'4 230 RS Sophomore (returned to school)

5. Ray Drew DE 6'6 284 Senior

6. John Theus OT 6'6 313 Junior (returned to school)

Foster Farms Bowl 10 PM ESPN

Maryland vs. Stanford

Location: Levi's Stadium (home of the San Francisco 49ers)

- An additional de facto home game for the Cardinal against a power 5 conference team. Maryland had an interesting debut season in the Big 10. Stanford will not have their top receiver as Ty Montgomery was ruled out over the weekend. Maryland could have their dynamic playmaker WR Stefon Diggs back in action after he suffered a lacerated kidney against Penn State in early November. What will be interesting to monitor is the status of Stanford coach David Shaw. He's a hot name around many coaching jobs, both in the NFL and college ranks.

Stanford prospects to watch:

1. Andrus Peat OT 6'6 312 Junior

2. Ty Montgomery WR 6'2 215 Senior

3. Wayne Lyons CB 6'1 193 Senior