My 2012 Chick-Fil-A Bowl picks between the Clemson Tigers and the LSU Tigers are all set and ready to go here at Cappers Info. The Chick-Fil-A Bowl kickoff starts at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA, and I’m going to be your expert college football handicapper that points you towards the winning bet for the Clemson vs. LSU game.
2012 Chick-Fil-A Bowl
LSU Tigers (10-2, 5-7 ATS) -6
Clemson Tigers (10-2, 8-4 ATS) +6
If you just blindly look at the Bayou Bengals, you have to think that this game should easily stay beneath a ‘total’ of 59. The last time that a ‘total’ was this high in an LSU game was back in 2008 against the North Texas Mean Green, and that came in a game where the Tigers were favored by 42 points against a team with an exciting offense. However, there are definitely some things that I really don’t like about LSU right now. I don’t like the fact that P Brad Wing has been suspended for this one, and that really could give the Clemson offense the upper hand in certain situations.
Of course, one look at Clemson, and this is a game that should get beyond the number quite easily. The Tigers played to 110 points against the NC State Wolfpack, and they put up an average of 46.5 points per game this year against teams outside of the SEC. Of course, the team also only put up a total of 43 points in two games against SEC teams. QB Tajh Boyd threw for 3,550 yards and 34 TDs, and he rushed for 492 yards and nine scores. RB Andre Ellington was one of the top rushers in the ACC with 1,034 yards and eight trips to the end zone, while the team’s top two receivers, WR DeAndre Hopkins and WR Sammy Watkins, totaled just under 2,000 yards. Hopkins, the ACC all-time leader in receiving yards in a career, had 16 touchdowns as well.
And then there’s the tiebreaker: Last year’s bowl game. Clemson gave up 70 points to the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Orange Bowl, and it was blown out of the water. LSU is clearly going to be smarting after getting shut out last year in the BCS National Championship Game, and it is going to want to prove to the rest of the world that it has a team that can contend for all of the marbles once again next year. I think that QB Zach Mettenberger can put up some respectable numbers in this game, and the end result is going to push this one beyond the number.
LSU vs. Clemson Picks & Tips: Over 59