Tigers vs Tigers. Death Valley vs Death Valley. Tiger Rag vs Tiger Rag. That’s what the Chick-fil-A Bowl lined up for New Year’s Eve in the Georgia Dome by selecting Clemson from the ACC to face LSU from the SEC.
“We’re about as excited as you can be to have two 10-win teams for the first time in our history with a Clemson-LSU match-up,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. “These teams are two of the top teams in the country and create one of the best bowl game match-ups of the post season.”
Clemson is 10-2 including a 7-1 mark in the ACC. And LSU is 10-2 and was 6-2 in SEC play. This will be the Tigers’ seventh appearance in the Atlanta game, their first since 2007. They are 2-5 in the game.
“We look forward to competing against a program that has won the National Championship and competed for many others in recent years,” said Dan Radakovich. “The Chick-fil-A Bowl is one of the top bowls in the nation year-in and year-out and it will be great for our fans to return to Atlanta, one of the great college football cities in this country. This will be a game that will excite Clemson Nation.”
This will be the second meeting between Clemson and LSU. The Bayou Bengals won in the 1958 Sugar Bowl and again in the 1996 Chick-fil-A Bowl.
“Clemson is obviously a very talented team. Dabo Swinney has done a great job there and we look forward to a great matchup and a competitive game in the Chick-fil-A bowl between two very talented teams,” said LSU Head Coach Les Miles. “We enjoy playing in Atlanta. It’s a great city that has been very good to LSU. I’m sure that we’ll travel extremely well. The Georgia Dome is an outstanding venue and we are excited about the opportunity to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.”
LSU is 5-0 all time in the Chick-fil-A Bowl with the most recent appearance coming in 2008 against Georgia Tech.
This will be the 21st matchup of ACC and SEC teams in the bowl and each conference owns ten victories.
Kickoff on December 31st will be at 7:30 PM with the game to be televised by ESPN.