Clemson Tigers versus LSU Tigers Pick Prediction Chick Fil A Bowl NCAA College Football Preview 12-31-2012

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The LSU Tigers from the SEC conference will face the Clemson Tigers from the ACC conference in the Chick Fil A Bowl in an NCAA college football game on Monday night December 31st. Kick off time from the Georgia Bowl in Atlanta is scheduled for 7:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.
The betting odds from the Chick Fil A Bowl opened up with the LSU Tigers favored by -4 ½ points with an over under line of 59 points. Early money from the bettors has landed on the ACC conference club as LSU is now favored by -4 points. The over under line of moved up a point to 60 points.
This is the first meeting between LSU and Clemson since way back in the 1996 season where the Tigers posted the 10-7 win against Clemson as a -6 ½ point favorite in a bowl game. The game went under 45 points. CFB Trend: LSU Tigers are 3-6 ATS in their past nine games.
LSU enters play in the Chick Fil A Bowl with a record of 10-2 on the season. Their two losses came at Florida losing 14-6 and home to Alabama losing 21-17. They have a notable two point home win against South Carolina and came from behind and beat Texas A&M 24-19 overcoming a 12-0 second quarter deficit. They picked off Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel three times and allowed no touchdown throws.
The Tigers offense finished 80th in the season with an average of 387 yards a game. They team puts up 30 points a game and allows 17. LSU brings a good defense as they rank 8th nationally allowing 297 yards a contest and defend the run and pass both well. Junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger hit on 58% of his throws with 11 touchdowns and 6 picks.
The Clemson Tigers finished off regular season play with a record of 10-2 on the year. They lost both of their step up games this season dropping a 49-37 road decision at Florida St and home to South Carolina they fall 27-17. With the weakness the ACC conference was its hard to find any quality wins on their schedule. They have double digits wins at home against Virginia Tech and North Carolina St but both of those teams played well below expectations. Clemson was an explosive offense this year as they average 518 yards a game good for ninth in college football. The team puts up 42 points and allows 25. Defensively the Tigers are a mid-pack team and are average in defending both the run and pass. They allowed 48 points to NC State and 49 to Florida St this season. A troubling sign was the team allowing 31 points to a bad Boston College team. Junior quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 34 touchdowns and 13 picks this season with a completion percentage of 66%.

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