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Chick-fil-A Bowl betting preview

In a tussle between Tigers from the ACC and SEC offensive-minded Clemson meets defensive-minded LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl New Year's Eve at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta (7:30 pm ET, ESPN).

The early Chick-fil-A Bowl betting odds showed 10-2 LSU, which went 6-2 in SEC play this season, favored by 3.5 points over Clemson, which went 7-1 in the ACC.

LSU is 5-1-1 ATS in its past 7 bowl games, where as Clemson has been a big loser, going 1-7 ATS in eight bowls. [ More Chick Fil A Bowl betting stats and trends, click here ]

View Clemson vs LSU Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Bettors going with the Tigers in this game found them listed as 3-point favorites on the betting line at Sportsbook.ag earlier in the week. The total was 58.5 in early betting at Bovada.

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Clemson Bowl History


Year Bowl Team1 Score Team2 Score Team2Line ATS win
1995 Gator Bowl Syracuse 41 Clemson 0 -2 SYRACU
1996 Chick-Fil-A Bowl Clemson 7 LSU 10 -6.5 CLEM
1997 Chick-Fil-A Bowl Clemson 17 Auburn 21 -6 CLEM
1999 Chick-Fil-A Bowl Clemson 7 Mississippi State 17 -2.5 MIS.ST
2000 Gator Bowl Clemson 20 Virginia Tech 41 -6.5 VTECH
2001 Humanitarian Bowl Clemson 49 Louisiana Tech 24 6.5 CLEM
2002 Tangerine Bowl Texas Tech 55 Clemson 15 4.5 TXTECH
2003 Chick-Fil-A Bowl Tennessee 14 Clemson 27 5 CLEM
2005 Champs Sports Bowl Colorado 10 Clemson 19 -10 COLO
2006 Music City Bowl Kentucky 28 Clemson 20 -11 KENTUC
2007 Chick-Fil-A Bowl Auburn 23 Clemson 20 -2 AUBRN
2008 Gator Bowl Clemson 21 Nebraska 26 -1 NEBR
2009 Music City Bowl Kentucky 13 Clemson 21 -6.5 CLEM
2010 Meineke Car Care Bowl South Florida 31 Clemson 26 -5.5 S.FLA
2011 Orange Bowl West Virginia 70 Clemson 33 -3 WESTV

LSU Bowl History


Year Bowl Team1 Score Team2 Score Team2Line ATS win
1995 Independence Bowl Michigan State 26 LSU 45 -6 LSU
1996 Chick-Fil-A Bowl Clemson 7 LSU 10 -6.5 CLEM
1997 Independence Bowl Notre Dame 9 LSU 27 -7 LSU
2000 Chick-Fil-A Bowl LSU 28 Georgia Tech 14 -8.5 LSU
2001 Sugar Bowl Illinois 34 LSU 47 -2 LSU
2002 Cotton Bowl LSU 20 Texas 35 -10.5 TEXAS
2003 Sugar Bowl Oklahoma 14 LSU 21 6 LSU
2004 Capital One Bowl Iowa 30 LSU 25 -6 IOWA
2005 Chick-Fil-A Bowl LSU 40 Miami 3 -6 LSU
2006 Sugar Bowl Notre Dame 14 LSU 41 -8.5 LSU
2007 BCS Championship Game Ohio State 24 LSU 38 -4 LSU
2008 Chick-Fil-A Bowl LSU 38 Georgia Tech 3 -4 LSU
2009 Capital One Bowl LSU 17 Penn State 19 -2 Push
2010 Cotton Bowl Texas A&M 24 LSU 41 -1.5 LSU
2011 BCS Championship Game Alabama 21 LSU 0 2.5 ALAB

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up LSU's No. 56-ranked offense (30.2 PPG) against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 47 at 24.9 PPG. The Tigers passing attack has averaged 207.2 yards per game, less than the Tigers give up through the air (250.3 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Tigers own the league's No. 24-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 130.8 yards per game when on the road. LSU, on the other hand, rates No. 34 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Last time out for Clemson, they were a 27-17 loser as they battled South Carolina at home. Clemson failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point favorite, while 44 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. In their last game, the Tigers were Week 13 losers coming out on the wrong end of 27-17 score against South Carolina.

LSU won its last outing, a 20-13 result against Arkansas on November 23. LSU failed to cover in that game as a 11.5-point favorite, while the 33 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Odell Beckham hauled in 4 passes for 112 yards against the Arkansas defense in the team's last game, leading LSU over the Razorbacks 20-13 on Friday.

Clemson Tigers Trends:
When playing in December are 5-5
When playing on turf are 6-4
After being outgained are 6-4
When an underdog on the road are 3-7

LSU Tigers Trends:
When playing in December are 9-1
When playing on turf are 7-3
After being outgained are 8-2
When favored at home are 10-0

A few Tigers at Tigers trends to consider:
Clemson is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Clemson's last 6 games
LSU is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games
LSU is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games