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College football scouting report: Champs Sports Bowl, Florida State Seminoles vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 5:30 p.m. Thursday

Champs Sports Bowl

Who: Florida State (8-4) vs. Notre Dame (8-4)

When/where: 5:30 p.m. Thursday; Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando

TV: ESPN. Line: FSU by 3

Notable: FSU has won its last three bowl games. Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd holds seven school records, including career catches (266) and yards (3,645). Tyler Eifert was an All-American and the nation's top pass-catching tight end (57 catches) for the Irish. He had a season-best 93 yards on six catches in a season-opening loss to USF. Irish QB Tommy Rees is 292 yards away from becoming the third 3,000-yard passer in school history but will share time with Andre Hendrix. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o had eight games with at least 10 tackles as a junior.

What to watch for: Seminoles QB EJ Manuel has starred in his two bowl appearances, completing 72 percent of his passes and scoring two TDs. The Seminoles' passing game has averaged only 171 yards in its past five contests, but a receiving corps that's finally healthy could test Notre Dame's secondary. Seven FSU receivers have a catch of at least 50 yards. Manuel's arm will have to compensate for an FSU offense with the NCAA's No. 99 rushing attack that will be without second-leading rusher Jermaine Thomas.

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

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Champs Sports Bowl

Who: No. 25 Florida State (8-4) vs. Notre Dame (8-4)

When/where: 5:30; Citrus Bowl, Orlando

TV/radio: ESPN; 1040-AM, 1010-AM

Line: Florida State by 3

Notable: FSU has won its past three bowl games. … Notre Dame's Michael Floyd holds seven school records, including career catches (266) and yards (3,645). … The Irish's Tyler Eifert was an All-American and the nation's top pass-catching tight end (57 catches). He had a season-best 93 yards on six catches in a season-opening loss to USF. … The Irish's Tommy Rees is 292 yards away from becoming the third 3,000-yard passer in school history but will share time with Andre Hendrix. … Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o has eight games with at least 10 tackles.

What to watch for: The Seminoles' EJ Manuel has starred in his two bowl appearances, completing 72 percent of his passes and scoring two touchdowns. FSU's passing game has averaged only 171 yards over its past five games, but a receiving corps that's finally healthy could test Notre Dame's secondary. Seven FSU receivers have a catch of at least 50 yards. Manuel's arm will have to compensate for an offense that ranks 99th among 120 I-A teams and will be without second-leading rusher Jermaine Thomas, who is academically ineligible.

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

College football scouting report: Champs Sports Bowl, Florida State Seminoles vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 5:30 p.m. Thursday 12/28/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 11:44pm]
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