A New Year’s Eve Party in AtlantaThe Tigers of LSU and the Tigers of Clemson play in stadiums nicknamed, “DEATH VALLEY,” but this Monday night they will be playing in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. A December thirty-first bowl was not the bowl that the LSU Tigernation had in mind but, nonetheless, this is a good bowl to be in. LSU is 5-0 in the Chick-fil-a Bowl. This matchup has the whole nation talking because, this game matches one of the country’s best offenses against one of the best defenses. Both Tiger teams are 10-2 and this game will be the only bowl played at 7:30 ET on New Year’s Eve. LSU has only played Clemson two times in history, the Peach Bowl(now the Chick-fil-a Bowl) in 1996 and also the Sugar Bowl in 1959. LSU has beaten Clemson both times. Will the Fighting Tigers of LSU get the win again?
A lot of people see this matchup with LSU winning by a huge 20 pt. spread. I am not sure if it will be that easy, however. Clemson’s offense is ranked in the top ten for overall offense in the country. Their quarterback Tajh Boyd, is an All American with 251/377 for 3,550 yards and 34 TDs. When you have a quarterback like this one, it will not be easy for any defense. LSU has had success defending dual threat quarterbacks, the most recent was Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. They held Manziel to 276 passing yards and just 27 rushing yards. He did not have any touchdowns, but threw three interceptiions. LSU typically does well against offenses like this one, and they will be expected to do the same. The ACC has only defeated one SEC team this season, and that was Auburn. We all know what kind of team Auburn was this season.
I think this game will be a statement game for LSU. They were “shut out” out of a BCS bowl bid and a bowl game they were expecting to go to anyway (The AT&T Cotton Bowl) because of the “no more than two teams from the same conference in the BCS bowls” rule. They now have this chance to take the National Stage and prove to the country that they deserved to be in a January bowl game, rather than a December bowl. As a LSU fan, I was very upset about the bowl choice. Some of the fans are so angry that they are not buying tickets to the game. LSU really needed help on November twenty-fourth, and they did not get it. LSU needed Florida State, Texas, and Auburn all to win in order to reach a BCS bowl game. This was a tough “pill” to swallow for LSU, but they are excited to be in Atlanta!
The team arrived in Atlanta on the twenty-sixth and spent some of their free time playing and/or visiting with sick children at the local Children’s hospital. LSU had their last practice on Saturday and will rest on Sunday to get ready for the game. The Fighting Tigers of LSU will look forward to ending the Year with a victory, an 11 win season, and a New Years Eve party of their own. Not only will this be a battle for the Chick-fil-a Bowl Championship trophy, but a war to see who has the “REAL” Tiger Pride.
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