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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
McShay: Bowl comes down to quarterbacks

By Matt Fortuna

Be sure to check out today's ESPNU College Football Podcast with Ivan Maisel and Todd McShay, who break down many of the remaining December bowl games, including Dec. 29's Champs Sports Bowl between Notre Dame and Florida State.

McShay thinks this one will come down to the quarterback position for Notre Dame:
"It just comes down to, can they get Tommy Rees where they want to get him at the quarterback position? He's gonna start again, which surprised me after Andrew Hendrix came in for him. Hendrix's just a sophomore and he looked OK. But he didn't do anything to blow you away. He was 11-of-24 with a touchdown and an interception in that game at Stanford when he came in to relieve Tommy Rees. So ultimately what's been so interesting and so frustrating for coach Brian Kelly is the fact that he came in as the quarterback guru. You think about some of the guys he had success with at Cincinnati: Tony Pike, OK. Zach Collaros, OK. But it seemed like he could just work anyone into his system and it has not been the case at Notre Dame, so that's the big challenge moving forward."

The Champs Sports Bowl conversation begins shortly after the 30-minute mark. The two also touch on Florida State's special teams edge and the fallout from each team failing to meet lofty preseason expectations.