The Chick-Fil-A Bowl is one of the great games of the season on the 2012 bowl schedule, and today, we are making our LSU vs. Clemson picks and predictions and trying to beat the Chick-Fil-A Bowl odds here at Cappers Info.
Chick-Fil-A Bowl Picks: LSU Tigers vs. Clemson Tigers
Date: Saturday, December 31st, 7:30 ET
Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Chick-Fil-A Bowl Betting Odds: LSU -6
LSU vs. Clemson Live TV Coverage: ESPN
The last game of the calendar year kicks off on New Year’s Eve, and it’s going to be quite the Tiger Tale. This is actually the second time this year that Clemson has taken on some Tigers from the SEC, and it disposed of the Auburn Tigers in the opening game of the year. That being said, few knew that that victory wouldn’t look so good at the end of the campaign. LSU probably has the problem with motivation in this game. The team could have been in the Sugar Bowl had the Florida Gators lost their final regular season game of the year against the Florida State Seminoles, but instead, a 10-2 team that will likely finish the year ranked in the Top 5 in America is stuck playing here in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl before New Year’s Day.
Here’s the problem with backing the ACC reps, though. The orange and purple clad Tigers really didn’t beat anyone all season long. They were smacked by the Florida State Seminoles on the road, and were dominated defensively by the South Carolina Gamecocks at home. Aside from that, there were a bunch of wins against a bunch of nobodies, and that seven-point win over Auburn in this building, as we already said, doesn’t really look all that spectacular. Remember last year as well, that Clemson was crushed by the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Orange Bowl and were handled by 21 by the Gamecocks in Columbia. This isn’t a team that is suited to play in the big time games, and that really goes without saying.
As long as LSU wants to be in this game, it will do well. The Bayou Bengals are 9-1 here at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl all-time, and they were clearly the better of these two teams this year. The SEC is likely going to dominate once again in bowl games this year, and we have already seen some teams from the ACC fall flat and either lose games badly (Duke) or win games that should have been lost (Virginia Tech). Look for the defense for Head Coach Les Miles to come out and get some payback for last year’s loss in the BCS National Championship Game. This shouldn’t be a game that ends up being all that close when push comes to shove.
LSU vs. Clemson Pick: LSU Tigers -6
Chick-Fil-A Bowl Score Prediction: LSU 30 – Clemson 17