Posted December 18, 2012 on AP on Fox
Les Miles has gushed over Tajh Boyd and Clemson's high-powered offense. Dabo Swinney has the utmost respect for LSU's stingy defense. The high praise from each coach is warranted. The Chick-fil-A Bowl pits strength against strength, as one of the nation's best offenses faces one of the top defenses when No. 14 Clemson and ninth-ranked LSU meet New Year's Eve night at the Georgia Dome. Both Tiger teams came into this season with high expectations after winning their respective conference titles a year ago. A last-minute loss to Alabama essentially took LSU (10-2) out of this year's SEC race, while a Clemson (10-2) setback at Florida State prevented it from playing for the ACC title. Although they each missed out on a shot for a BCS game, their pairing in Atlanta produces one of the more intriguing bowl matchups. "Our coaches, our players and our fans always look forward to playing against the best programs in the nation, and LSU certainly fits that description," Swinney said. "...
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