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December 2, 2012
CLEMSON -- According to the New Orleans Time Picayune, No. 14-ranked Clemson (10-2) will face SEC West power LSU (10-2), ranked 9th in the AP, in this year's Chick-fil-A Bowl.
The publication stated that the Southeastern Conference front office made the confirmation Sunday evening.
The two teams have met before, twice, with the last meeting coming at the conclusion of the 1996 season. The Tigers finished a 7-5 ledger that fall, after dropping a 10-7 decision to No. 17 LSU (10-2) in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Clemson is 0-2 all-time versus LSU.
Clemson, 7-1 in the ACC's Atlantic Division, won a share of the division title this fall, its third division title trophy in four years under head coach Dabo Swinney.
LSU will enter the Chick-fil-A Bowl ranked eighth nationally in total defense, ninth in rushing defense, and 11th in scoring defense. LSU is 79th nationally in total offense.
Clemson averages just under 520 yards of offense a game, good for ninth nationally in total offense. The Tigers are sixth nationally in scoring offense, but slid back defensively this year, allowing 411 total yards a game, 74th nationally in total defense.
Tigerillustrated.com will have more on Clemson's bowl matchup late tonight.
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