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 earlier in the week. The total was 58.5 in early betting at Bovada.


Clemson Bowl History

YearBowlTeam1ScoreTeam2ScoreTeam2LineATS win
1995Gator BowlSyracuse41Clemson0-2SYRACU
1996Chick-Fil-A BowlClemson7LSU10-6.5CLEM
1997Chick-Fil-A BowlClemson17Auburn21-6CLEM
1999Chick-Fil-A BowlClemson7Mississippi State17-2.5MIS.ST
2000Gator BowlClemson20Virginia Tech41-6.5VTECH
2001Humanitarian BowlClemson49Louisiana Tech246.5CLEM
2002Tangerine BowlTexas Tech55Clemson154.5TXTECH
2003Chick-Fil-A BowlTennessee14Clemson275CLEM
2005Champs Sports BowlColorado10Clemson19-10COLO
2006Music City BowlKentucky28Clemson20-11KENTUC
2007Chick-Fil-A BowlAuburn23Clemson20-2AUBRN
2008Gator BowlClemson21Nebraska26-1NEBR
2009Music City BowlKentucky13Clemson21-6.5CLEM
2010Meineke Car Care BowlSouth Florida31Clemson26-5.5S.FLA
2011Orange BowlWest Virginia70Clemson33-3WESTV

LSU Bowl History

YearBowlTeam1ScoreTeam2ScoreTeam2LineATS win
1995Independence BowlMichigan State26LSU45-6LSU
1996Chick-Fil-A BowlClemson7LSU10-6.5CLEM
1997Independence BowlNotre Dame9LSU27-7LSU
2000Chick-Fil-A BowlLSU28Georgia Tech14-8.5LSU
2001Sugar BowlIllinois34LSU47-2LSU
2002Cotton BowlLSU20Texas35-10.5TEXAS
2003Sugar BowlOklahoma14LSU216LSU
2004Capital One BowlIowa30LSU25-6IOWA
2005Chick-Fil-A BowlLSU40Miami3-6LSU
2006Sugar BowlNotre Dame14LSU41-8.5LSU
2007BCS Championship GameOhio State24LSU38-4LSU
2008Chick-Fil-A BowlLSU38Georgia Tech3-4LSU
2009Capital One BowlLSU17Penn State19-2Push
2010Cotton BowlTexas A&M24LSU41-1.5LSU
2011BCS Championship GameAlabama21LSU02.5ALAB

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