Sunday, December 30, 2012

PS Bowl-A-Thon 2012: Chick-Fil-A Bowl

Get ready for Tiger on Tiger violence

The When/Where:
Monday, December 31st at 7:30 p.m. EST. Georgia Dome, Atlanta. ESPN.

The Who:
# 8 Louisiana State Tiger (10-2, 6-2 SEC) vs. #14 Clemson Tigers (10-2, 7-1 ACC)

The Why:
The Granddaddy of second tier bowl games, the Chick-fil-A Bowl brings together the top ACC team and 5th SEC team after BCS picks, of course.

Clemson lost to Florida State on September 22nd and here we are. They won the rest of the ACC games and lost to rival South Carolina by 10 at home.

LSU lost to Alabama and Florida, so here they are. The SEC West is not a place to lose 2 games and hope for a New Year’s Day game. LSU did beat South Carolina by 2 at home and Auburn on the road by 2. Clemson lost to South Carolina and beat Auburn.

What Smartypants Accounting Guy Would Tell You:
A marquee Offense versus Defense match-up.

Clemson has scored over 42 ppg and racks up over 500 ypg. QB Tajh Boyd has passed for 3,550 yards and 34 touchdowns. For good measure he has run for almost 500 yards and nine touchdowns. He has plenty of supporting cast members. Clemson has given up 25 ppg and has been prone to defense slip ups this year. Clemson began the year in the Georgia Dome.

LSU’s defense is very good.  The purple and gold Tigers are giving up under 17 ppg and 300 ypg. It will bring a balanced offense that has scored 30 ppg. LSU is 9-1 at the Georgia Dome and has won 5 Chick-fil-Bowl Championships.

Pool Prognosticators Pattern:
There are no tigers that are purple and no tigers that are orange. Just to be clear.

These teams are so alike that its hard to pick. Death Valley- check. Tigers-check. Gaudy colors-check. National title-check.

Dabo is a great football name. But then you have Les Miles, the mad-hatter. Its just so hard.

The Vegas Edge:
LSU by 5 Over/Under is 58.5

The Sweatpants Verdict:
At the end of the day, in a ACC-SEC matchup you need compelling evidence to go against the SEC. While Clemson is a high-powered offense, defense wins championships.

LSU 27 Clemson 24.

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