It is starting to become fairly obvious that some of these non-BCS bowl games are going to be more exciting than the actual BCS bowl games. The BCS is supposedly a matchup of the nation’s best teams, but year in and year out that is not the case. Another seemingly great matchup on paper will be the Chick-Fil-A Bowl as LSU and Clemson face off to see which school has the better tiger.
LSU has one of the best defenses in the country and were a win over Alabama away from playing in the SEC Championship. Their defense is stacked with multiple potential first-round picks, including book end pass rushers Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery.
On the flip side, Clemson has one of the nation’s top offenses with quarterback Tajh Boyd, who was tied for most total touchdowns in the country, and lightning fast weapons Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins. The two receivers combined for 1,922 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns. Running back Andre Ellington is no slouch either, as he went over 1,000 yards himself.
Offensive strength, meet defensive strength. Clemson is sixth in the country at 42.3 points per game, while LSU is 11th allowing only 16.9 points per game. Something will have to give.
Though the matchup seems to be evenly matched, LSU was test much more in 2012. They faced five teams still ranked in the top 25 and went 3-2. Clemson lost to the only two ranked opponents they faced all season and have one of the worst defenses in college football.
If I had to pick, I’d say LSU comes out on top.